Ian Redmond

Ian Redmond

Ian Michael Redmond

(1954-03-11) 11 March 1954 (age 65)
Alma materKeele University
  • Field biologist
  • Conservationist
Known forWork with gorillas and elephants

Ian Michael Redmond OBE FZS FLS (born 11 March 1954[1]) is a tropical field biologist and conservationist. His career spans more than 30 years in which he is renowned for his work with gorillas and elephants. Best known for his work with mountain gorillas, Redmond has been involved in more than 50 documentaries on the subject for, among others, BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. Redmond was also involved in the film Gorillas in the Mist spending some time with Sigourney Weaver so she could better understand her character.[2]

As a junior researcher, he was involved in the filming of David Attenborough's famous encounter with a group of mountain gorillas in Dian Fossey's sanctuary in Rwanda.[3] He recalled the event in BBC tribute programme marking Attenborough's 90th birthday.[3]

Early life and family

Redmond was born in Malaysia, moving to Beverley aged five to live with his mother. It was in Beverley where his love of animals led to his becoming a member of the Beverley and Hull Naturalist Society. Redmond attended Keele University studying Biology and Psychology.

Redmond is married with twin sons, Matthew and Benjamin. He has two brothers, Tom a French horn player and Timothy a conductor

He was appointed OBE in 2006.[4] In 2011, Redmond was awarded an honorary degree from Oxford Brookes University for his conservation work.


  1. ^ ‘REDMOND, Ian Michael’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 11 May 2013
  2. ^ "Motivational Speakers | Business Speakers | After Dinner Speakers | Gordon Poole Agency Ltd". Gordonpoole.com. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  3. ^ a b "Attenborough at 90".  . 8 May 2016. BBC Television. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Ian Redmond Receives OBE". Orangutan.org.uk. 2006-06-22. Retrieved 2012-06-25.

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