Simon Trevor: Founder of the African Environmental Film Foundation
Simon Trevor, Founder and President of AEFF, flew to Africa in a light aircraft with his family in 1946, when he was seven years old. He was educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa. After leaving school in 1955, he worked on the Kariba Dam project in Zimbabwe as a junior engineer, then for the Rhodesian Government Irrigation Department on the flood warning station on the Sengwa River in the Zambezi Valley.
In 1959, Simon joined the Kenya National Parks as a Game Warden, and was stationed in Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. In 1963, he moved on to making wildlife films because he felt he could do more for conservation in this field. He returned to Kariba to film the rescue of thousands of animals from the land in the Zambezi Valley, which was being submerged by the rising waters of the dam.
Returning once again to Kenya, Simon carried out filming assignments in many countries of Africa for the major TV networks. Simon always wanted to make his own specialized educational wildlife documentaries, and to fund these films he collaborated on a number of feature films.
In 1970, Simon directed and photographed a full length 35mm Panavision film, "The African Elephant" ("King Elephant") for Cinema Centre Films in Hollywood. Bob Gottschalk, founder of Panavision, brought the company in as a partner. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for cinematography.
More recently, Simon's most important feature film assignments have been the major wildlife and scenic sequences on "Out of Africa", "The Color Purple", "Gorillas in the Mist", "White Hunter, Black Heart", and "Congo".
When wildlife films became immensely popular, Simon joined up with Survival Anglia Ltd in England with whom he had a close working relationship for thirty years. His documentaries, made in association with Survival Anglia for their long-running Survival series, arguably the most prestigious wildlife series in the world, have won numerous international awards including the Golden Panda for Best of Festival at Wildscreen, and a nomination for Best Documentary at BAFTA.
Simon lives in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya where he has elephants, literally, on his doorstep. For many years has been actively engaged in assisting the National Parks. Over the years, he has personally raised and donated substantial funds for wildlife conservation.