The Manta Trust will hold their first in-person World Manta Day celebration in two years, ‘An Evening with Doug Allan', on 17 September at the Royal Geographical Society, London. With over 100 filming expeditions, 35 years of polar exploration, and many on-screen firsts for documentaries such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet, ‘World Manta Day: An Evening with Doug Allan' promises incredible stories of adventure and unique wildlife encounters. Since being introduced to the Maldivian manta ray population by Dr Guy Stevens, Doug Allan has been a long- time supporter and patron of the Manta Trust and an enthusiastic champion of manta ray conservation.
With doors opening at 6.30pm, guests will have a chance to meet Doug before the event and buy a signed copy of his new book, Freeze Frame. The event will run from 7.30pm-9pm and will also feature talks and videos from CEO and co-founder of the Manta Trust, Dr Guy Stevens, and mobula ray geneticist and Manta Trust Trustee, Dr Emily Humble.
World Manta Day was launched by the Manta Trust in 2020 and is celebrated annually by dozens of organisations and thousands of divers and ocean lovers around the world. Manta rays, like many ocean species, are threatened by the fisheries, unsustainable development and tourism, and the changing climate, which impacts their food sources and habitats. The Manta Trust and its affiliate projects across the globe work to protect manta rays and marine ecosystems through scientific research, policy and legislation change and education and outreach events.
Tickets to the event are on sale now, costing £15, or £10 for children and students, with all proceeds going to the Manta Trust’s global research, education, and conservation work. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticket Source
The Manta Trust is a UK registered charity that co-ordinates global mobulid research and conservation efforts. Taking a unique approach to conservation, the Manta Trust team is comprised of a diverse group of scientists, educators, conservationists, and media experts, working in collaboration with projects across the globe to drive conservation as a collective.