Chris Packham 'thrilled' to become president of the RSPCA

The Springwatch presenter announced his new appointment as the charity prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2024.

Conservationist Chris Packham gives a speech to wildlife supporters during a conversation about nature at Bassetts Mead country park, near Hook in Hampshire, the constituency of Environment Secretary Ranil Jayawardena. Picture date: Friday October 7, 2022. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Conservationist Chris Packham has been made the new president of the RSPCA. (Getty Images)

Chris Packham has said he is "thrilled" to become president of the RSPCA.

The Springwatch presenter announced his new appointment at the Chelsea Flower Show as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2024.

Packham said: "I am absolutely thrilled to become president of the RSPCA in this historic year – the countdown to its 200th anniversary.

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"Animals have changed my life, whether it be the beauty of nature, or the companionship of my beautiful dogs."

Speaking at the unveiling of the RSPCA garden at the Chelsea Flower Show the 61-year-old TV presenter said: “I see this time as one of the most critical times for animals in the last 200 years.

“Every decision we make, on every scale, affects the world around us.

“We’re living through uncertain times with seismic shocks that have undermined our own sense of security and wellbeing. During times of social and economic stability, that is when animals can suffer and when charities like the RSPCA are needed more than ever.”

League Against Cruel Sports CEO ANDY KNOTT, naturalist and TV presenter CHRIS PACKHAM, and zoologist and TV presenter MEGAN MCCUBBIN pose for a photo with a dog in front of the Royal Courts of Justice on the second day of Packham's libel trial against the editor and two contributors of Country Squire Magazine. (Credit Image: © Vuk Valcic/ZUMA Press Wire) EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY! Not for Commercial USAGE! Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy Live News
Dog lover Chris Packham appearing at the High Court in London where he is taking legal action against Country Squire Magazine. (Getty Images)

RSPCA chief executive Chris Sherwood said: “We are really excited to welcome Chris Packham as president of the RSPCA.

“Chris is much-loved, well-respected voice for all animals who speaks to a wide range of society. Like us, Chris is ambitious for animals and we have a huge amount we want to achieve by 2030 and beyond, and his passion and expertise will help us get there.”

Packham rose to fame presenting CBBC nature programme The Really Wild Show form 1986 to 1995.

He has gone on to host Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Winterwatch and Blue Planet Live for the BBC, as well as publish many books on wildlife.

Naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham joins thousands of protesters from the environmental group Extinction Rebellion gather on Earth Day for The Big One For Biodiversity March non-disruptive protest in Westminster on 22nd April 2023 in London, United Kingdom. Extinction Rebellion is a climate change group started in 2018 and has gained a huge following of people committed to peaceful protests. These protests are highlighting that the government is not doing enough to avoid catastrophic climate change and to demand the government take radical action to save the planet. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Chris Packham joined Extinction Rebellion's Big One For Biodiversity March on Earth Day in April 2023. (Getty Images)

The TV presenter was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in 2005 and fronted an acclaimed documentary Inside Our Autistic Minds in 2022.

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Packham is extremely vocal over his campaigns for animal rights, including joining Extinction Rebellion protests and regularly petitioning against the use of living creatures in I'm A Celebrity trials.

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