Bidding goodbye to Brent

It is with great sadness that we bid a fond farewell to the man and legend known as Brent Leo-Smith. Brent has been with WildEarth for almost four years and what an incredible four years it has been. From trekking gorillas in Rwanda to cruising the vast plains of the Maasai Mara, searching for gorillas in the Congo and to tracking down the leopards of the Lowveld, there is no part of Africa that will not miss his lion-like presence with safariLIVE.

His time at WildEarth has bestowed a few affectionate nicknames on him with ‘Big Loud-Sound’ being by far the most popular. His vociferous and booming chatter can be heard across the plains and was always a warning to the crew that Brent was on his way into camp. Most would smile and shake their heads knowing that BLS was sure to stride in, mane flowing and finger wagging at whoever left his favourite vehicle, Rusty, with a flat tyre. Of course Brent was never to blame for any flat tyre at safariLIVE, ever. Nor did Brent willingly join the Marshmallow Club of the Maasai Mara until leaked video footage, of unknown origins, showed him using a high lift jack to pry Kito from a dire, muddy rut. But still, Brent has never been stuck, ever.

Brent was, born, raised and educated in the wilds. This has given him an in depth and intimate knowledge of the wilderness and all her animals. His vast experience shows in his appreciation  and sensitivity towards the animals, trees, flowers, birds and insects. His keen eyes have found the most delicate and intricate of small things while almost no lion or leopard can give him the slip for long. His deep understanding of elephants, their behaviour and their mysterious calls has allowed us to spend intimate moments with these gentle giants.

Brent has been a truly incredible part of the safariLIVE team.

But it is now time for Brent to take his knowledge and skill onto new adventures and dreams. Brent, you have been an outstanding colleague, friend and annoying ‘big brother’ to the safariLIVE crew. Your rambunctious nature is infectious and your spirit embodies the true wilderness of Africa. Needless to say you are going to be sorely missed by all of us in Djuma, the Mara and Johannesburg. Your booming tones will no longer be heard over the radios or the air-waves but they are quite unforgettable, like that time you fell out of the torchwood tree.

We wish you all the best for your future adventures and look forward to hearing your stories and keeping up with you on social media. We hope to see you again in the future soon. Join us for Brent’s last drive during the Sunset Safari on 15 December.

By | 2018-12-06T10:51:45+00:00 November 30th, 2018|crew, Featured, safariLIVE|20 Comments

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  1. R. Lara-Moore November 30, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    It is Brent Leo Smith i will aLways think of now when i hear the Lions roar:

    “wHO’Sssss LaND iS tHiS!”
    “MiNe! ..miNe! …miNe….”

    Happy adventures as you enjoy your new Lands!

  2. Marlene Klare November 30, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Brent NO! You will be missed terribly. You were first presenter when I happened to open Safari Live on YouTube and I have learned so much about birds. Never give them a second look. Now hear them and watch them everywhere. Best to you Brent. Gosh it won’t be same.

  3. Wanda (W Kay) November 30, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks to you Brent for sharing your knowledge and passion of all facets of WE and SafariLIVE to our home, and into the thousands of homes around the world. Some have described your departure as “bittersweet”- and for me, that describes it at best.
    Wishing one of the best, the best in each of your endeavors. How fortunate we have been to be apart of your life at safariLIVE. You are a blessing.

  4. Joanne Sanford November 30, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I am guessing Jamie won’t be far behind. I wish Brent well but I will miss him terribly. And if Jamie goes too…… 🙁

  5. MJ Rogers November 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    You will be missed but good luck with your new adventure

  6. texasbette November 30, 2018 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Waaaaaa tell me it’s not so. Thank you Brent for sharing the last 4 years of your life and knowledge with all the viewers. We have laughed with you and cried our eyes out at times. It has truly been a blessing to have had you as a presenter. Wishing you all the luck in your new adventures. Waaaaaaaa .sob sob.

  7. 4freddy December 1, 2018 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Noooo—Brent we will miss you!! Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge with us

  8. Roger Hokansson December 1, 2018 at 5:18 am - Reply

    all great things end. thanks for the insight, knowledge, commentary, bird watching and humour.

  9. Barbara Murdoch Maxwell December 1, 2018 at 5:25 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Africa with us on Safari Live! Your boisterous “GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!!! reverberating through the bush will be sadly missed. Best wishes in your new endeavors!!!

  10. Julia Morton-Marr December 1, 2018 at 5:27 am - Reply

    We will miss you so Brent. You have been part of our daily life for two years. So much knowledge, joy and jokes.

  11. Michelle Deal December 1, 2018 at 6:12 am - Reply

    So sad 😞 to hear Brent Leo-Smith is leaving WE. I will forever hear him calling out PUPPIES when wild dogs 🐕 were spotted and taking off if he was anywhere close. I wish him many grand adventures and great success with all he does!

  12. carolyn jean December 1, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    awww. i figured that with all the new trainee coming on that some of our beloved guides would be moving on. soooooo sad for us. But all the very best to the spectacular Brent Leo-Smith.
    And yes I will deeply miss Jamie Patterson when the day comes.

  13. Carol Christie December 1, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I feel bad that u r leaving and will miss u very much!!! I have watched u from the first drive u made and the wild dogs showed up that day. I am glad that u will be able to do some exciting things and follow your dreams! This is the perfect time in your life to get out there and do all u can while u r young and later u can sit back and say I have had a great life and feel satisfied that u have taken all the challenges in life that were offered to you. Good luck and I will enjoy seeing you occasionally when u return to visit! Thank u for teaching us so many great things in Africa!!

  14. Judy December 2, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    So SO sad to see Brent leave SafariLive! He has so much knowledge and information gleaned from experience and study that made SafariLive interesting for me. PLEASE come back someday.

  15. Shall December 2, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

    It won’t be the same without u , my favourite guide good luck in all u do

  16. Glenn December 2, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’ve only been watching for a few months but have learned so much about Africa and especially South Africa, Djuma, and Maasai Mari. I will miss Brent, but as I listened to Brent talk, I realize Brent has much to see and do in his young life, best wishes and God bless.

  17. Xena December 4, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply

    I will miss seeing Brent’s excitement in the bush with his puppies and watching his antics with the crew. Such as the time when he jumped from a bush when James was driving by and gave him quite a scare. Brent your adventure continues, and you will be truly missed by us all.

  18. Geri Bucciarelli December 4, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply

    To Brent:
    For all your years with Safari Live you’ve put a smile on this old lady’s face and taught me many wonderful things about Africa, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God Speed. Geri

  19. Elaine Estall December 5, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply
    Hi there, I’ve tried emailing you about the link I’ve just posted here, but for some reason I can’t copy and paste the link when I email you. It keeps on popping up when I’m on this website and I thought you should know about it as I’m not sure it’s anything to do with WildEarth. I hope you see this, and to anyone else who sees it I’d suggest you don’t open the link right now.

  20. derek ritson December 7, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Trouble with these super competent guides is that they all have itchy feet . Our loss is surely someone else’s gain. Go well Brent wherever you go

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