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21 September 2010
A nine-foot boa constrictor in a living room, a tarantula at loose in the Vale of Glamorgan – all in a day’s work for wildlife expert Dr Rhys Jones.
Dr Jones, a Cardiff University Distinguished Visiting Fellow, is a reptile specialist, environmental consultant and researcher.
He is also one of a few trained experts who can be called on to rescue endangered species. A working day can cover everything from catching escaped snakes to advising troops on dealing with scorpion bites.
Now television viewers can see Dr Jones’ work for themselves through a new BBC Wales programme Rhys to the Rescue.
The series has been shot over the past two years, including Dr Jones’ work at Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences. The first episode is screened on BBC Wales next Wednesday, September 22, at 7.30pm. As well as featuring the escaped boa constrictor and tarantula, it will also show some of Dr Jones’ research work with adders.
Dr Jones is already familiar to television viewers from his appearance on Iolo’s Welsh Safari and Not in My Nature, as well as presenting from the Royal Welsh Show for the BBC. He was as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the School of Biosciences, where he studied parasitology and molecular biology.
Cardiff University is also hosting a special screening of the first programme, after which Dr Jones will answering questions about his work. The screening takes place at the School of Law’s lecture theatre, room 0.22 at 7pm on Wednesday. You can book a place by e-mailing email@example.com
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