Richard worked in Financial Services for much of his life but early-retired in 2016 to enable him to pursue his passions of travelling in search of birds and mammals, and has already visited over 70 countries. His main passion is mammals and particularly wild cats, and he has seen almost 1,000 species including 75% of the world’s wild cats. He has designed and led Wildwings’ mammal tours to Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Estonia, India, Indonesia and South Africa and will also be leading new tours to Borneo and China (Sichuan) in 2017. He is also the county mammal recorder for Dorset and is writing a field guide to the mammals of South America for Princeton University Press. .