With a lifelong interest in wildlife and a passion for big cats, Shelley grew up on David Attenborough documentaries, Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Jane Goodall and Peter Neville books and programmes on the natural world, and was inspired by Wildlife Artiste David Shepherd and the work of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
She has supported the work of many wildlife charities over the years and has a strong belief that by pooling our efforts and working together with like-minded people, much more can be done to help stop the horrific torture and persecution of animals, illegal trafficking and poaching of wildlife and encourage better education through raising awareness for conservation, endangered species and wildlife.
She set up "BIG CAT Conservation" in the UK, raising awareness, funds and sponsors for registered overseas wildlife charities to help fund big cat and conservation projects. She is currently involved in three projects and represents from the UK the Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa, “Las Pumas” Rescue Shelter, Costa Rica and WFFT, Thailand.
Shelley has over 25 years experience in the Entertainment industry as an International Cabaret Artiste. She has worked professionally on both TV and Radio and presented an 8 part series for Television called “Arts for Evry1” which can be seen by logging on to: www.blockandball.com/arts4evry1. She has also written various articles for magazines and has an advanced certificate in feline behaviour and psychology and a diploma in big cat studies.
Her work has taken her as far-a-field as Europe, Kathmandu, India and the Middle East and given her a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of Entertainment. She has also had the pleasure of working alongside top named Artistes such as Tony Christie, Frankie Vaughan, Bob Monkhouse, Jimmy Saville, Ken Dodd, June Whitfield and Peter Kay, in TV, Theatre and Hotel Cabaret.
She also ran her own Entertainments Agency for many years, booking Artistes, Acts, Bands and Tributes and then went on to work with animals, setting up her own pet-check Agency over the last 10 years, mainly caring for animals in their own home.
Now, by using her experience in the Entertainment Industry and with her ease of talking to large audiences, Shelley can continue to put this to good use by raising awareness, funds and sponsors to help registered wildlife charities and other projects for endangered species. Her passion and determination to help improve the lives of animals around the world can only be made stronger through working with like-minded people and it has been a pleasure to team up with Linda and will be exciting to see what we can achieve together.
Talks and Presentations ‘From Cabaret to Conservation’
As a Speaker, Shelley Lozano gives an interesting and entertaining talk with a little humour thrown in, accompanied by slides and video footage of the big cat projects she has filmed and currently supports or represents. She can also include a Cabaret performance and supply background music if required. Completely self-contained with own PA, laptop, big screen and projector.
Duration: From 30 mins up to an hour and a half with time for a questions and answer session and further information on the projects and merchandise available.
A large portion of her fee goes directly back into funding some of the projects supported. If you would like to book Shelley for your next function, please email direct for fees and further information.
Linda runs the Southampton Moon Bear Rescue support group for Animals Asia.
Like Shelley, I have had a life long love and respect for animals.
Although my work has always been administration and office based my passion is wildlife. As a child I loved animals and read books about them, kept scrap books with pictures of animals and was encouraged by one of my teachers who had a great understanding of wildlife and took us on nature walks round the fields. At home my brother and I always had pets as my parents believed that it was a good thing for children to have the responsibility of looking after animals.
All this information sparked off a huge admiration for the natural world and wildlife. Later I helped to start a group in support of the World Wildlife Fund and we raised a lot of funds and awareness of the plight of wildlife. Since then I have done many sponsored walks and various events to raise money for wildlife. Many people have influenced my life including David Shepherd (another ele fan) and Virginia McKenna who I have met and have learned much from being a member of the Born Free Foundation. I think Iain Douglas-Hamilton's book 'Among the Elephants' had an enormous effect on my life as it gave me an amazing insight into the lives of elephants. I went on to fundraise for elephants and have supported a project for them for over 20 years. I am completely ele mad and still fundraise and support eles as much as I can.
I have had tremendous support from work colleagues over the years with the different projects I have been involved in. I had no idea how my life would change completely after reading a report about the Moon Bears in the Bile Farms in China and Vietnam. I was absolutely horrified to read about their plight and the pictures of terrified bears trapped in coffin like cages in order to extract their bile will always haunt me.
I was very interested in Animals Asia Foundation and their work to rescue the bears and bring the vile trade in bear bile to an end. Then I saw a picture and article about Andrew (Anderloo) the very first bear AAF rescued. I felt I had to do something to support them so I befriended a bear called Banjo. Banjo had suffered greatly in the bile farms and had to have surgery like all of the bears but when he was released into the bear sanctuary with other bears he hugged everyone because he was free. After all he went through he kept his playfulness.
In 2003 I felt I had to do more than petitions, sponsored things and adopting animals. I started a group to support and raise funds for AAF. It was slow at first but since then the support and funds for the bears has grown all over the south. In no way would I have imagined since those early days that I have met Jill Robinson who started AAF who is my inspiration and have so much respect and admiration for. I have met the most amazing people and have a huge contact list of wonderful people who help animals that are now my friends.
My group for AAF has grown and have an amazing team of people that support whatever I decide we are doing and many do their own fundraising as well. All over the south the movement is growing. I have been to the AAF roadshows and workshops and have actually done a skydive and also a trek through Northern Vietnam raising money and awareness of the bears' plight. Most of my spare time is taken up with my Moon Bear Rescue and it is my life.
One of the best days in my life was when we named a rescued bear. AAF have to pay compensation money to the farmer for the bears so he can start up in a different trade and he surrenders his license to AAF. We raised enough money to pay the farmer and all the medical care for the first year for a bear so we were able to name him. His name is Irwin Junior who is named after Steve Irwin.
I have had articles and letters printed in the newspaper about the bears and have been on the radio. My group has raised thousands since we started for AAF and hope to be able to purchase a freezer for AAF Bear Sanctuary in Vietnam as they desperately need one for the bears food and drugs which have to be kept at a certain temperature. If you can help with this please contact Linda Burr. We intend to raise enough money for another bear in the near future.
In October 2011 am taking part in an AAF Challenge and will trek through China to raise awareness and funds for the plight of the moon bears. Please get in touch if you are interested in sponsoring me.
Please do check out our Southampton Support Group website
Now I have met Shelley Lozano and a new project has begun. Shelley and I have different backgrounds and we do different types of events but we get on well and have the same love of wildlife. We believe that we can help many more animals with our new website for Animals in Need and I think it is a very exciting and adventurous task we have set ourselves.
We have much planned and hope you enjoy this website so please let us know what you think.