What an adventure it has been! Jamie joined the WildEarth family as a member of the safariLIVE guiding team in July 2015 and has since become not only a crew favourite but a favourite of all the viewers too.
She stole our hearts from her interview drive in search of the Duke of Djuma “Tingata” the male leopard as well as the “Stig Pride” of lions. Honestly, we were all amazed she was able to see any of the animals through layers of totally unnecessary mascara. Needless to say, she swept us away with her eloquent speech, detailed knowledge and devotion to the natural world.
Her gentle demeanour combined with her experience and anecdotal approach to exploring the wild has been truly invaluable to both safariLIVE and WildEarth. Her hilarious faux pas such as “this has been a cause of mass debate on the radio” or maybe “As a general rule I’m not a scream… I’m going to stop talking now” brought crew and viewers alike to tummy clenching, tears of laughter. Safari with Pyjamas Paterson was always sure to be an information-packed and endlessly entertaining bumble about the bush.
Jamie’s love of all things wild was particularly evident in her passion for those most unfairly judged of the animals, the spotted hyena. By no other was the Djuma Clan more loved than by Jamie. Her efforts and hours of observation of the hyenas lead us to discover myriad new behaviours and social interactions that had never been recorded or observed in South Africa. Jamie’s constant and careful watch of the clan has lead to a detailed list of clan members, their ID features and their rank within the clan hierarchy. In the Maasai Mara, Jamie found herself in hyena heaven with almost unlimited access to the North Clan den as well as the knowledge and research of the Michigan State University’s hyena researchers. Thanks to her efforts, “Battle Commander” Waffles is now a celebrity animal of the plains with many requesting to see what is possibly the world’s most famous hyena.
Jamie’s adventures with safariLIVE have lifted our spirits, brought us to tears, excited our hearts, amplified our triumphs and most importantly, brought each and every one of us closer to nature. From being the first to see a tiny newborn elephant, to watching the Nkuhuma Pride slay yet another buffalo, the excitement of finding new hyena cubs and the tragedy of watching lion cubs fight off mange and White Muscle Disease, Jamie has been a gleaming gem in the crown of safariLIVE. A true diamond that will forever shine bright in the history of WildEarth.
The sun is now setting on Jamie’s time with WildEarth but is rising anew as she pursues her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. The time has come for Jamie to realise this dream and we are all certain that nothing will stand in her way.
Jamie, to say you will be sorely missed is a gross understatement of the gap you will leave in the lives of the safariLIVE crew, the twice-daily safaris and of course all our incredible viewers. You will always be loved beyond what you realise. You are one of the most beautiful human beings we have ever had the great honour of knowing and you deserve only the best and most beautiful things this world has to offer.
We are all wishing you the greatest success in your studies going forward and anxiously await the opportunity to follow and support you as you reach out to achieve your lifelong dream.
Be sure to join Jamie on her last safariLIVE drive during the Sunset Safari on 15 November.
From everyone at WildEarth and many across all the planet’s continents, goodbye and good luck!
Hoedspruit is surrounded by the largest privately owned conservation area in the world. This, together with its abutting onto the Kruger National Park, makes Hoedspruit a central core of South African Conservation Activities
You’ll be dearly missed Jamie!
It feels really sad, thinking that you won’t be around. You really touched the hearts of many, and we hope you’ll pop in from time to time.
Even though you’ll be deeply missed by us all, we realize you have to do what’s best for you and wish you much luck in all your endeavours!
Do you recall that fight you had with the tree the ellies had knocked over? The tree won but you were so funny and endearingly ready to laugh at yourself. Good luck for the future Jamie and maybe I’ll see you sometime in Cambridge – just joking!
thank god for jamie patersen she is truly a person that can be looked up to i just found sl amonth ago and have been watching ever since because of her passion for animals good luck jamie
Safari Live won’t be the same without you, Jamie! Your knowledge and passion for hyenas is unmatched. I knew nothing of them before watching Safari Live. Now, I consider them my spirit animal. Go Forth & Prosper! Our love will always be here to support you!
jamie, thank you for all the pleasure you gave us to see the Wildlife of Africa. It was always great to hear you . Good luck . Eibergen Netherlands
I had the good fortune to meet you in September 2016 at Djuma and will miss you dearly on the drives. Be well, stay happy and enjoy the journey!
Warm regards and a hug,
Gail from Calgary
I will miss Jamie. She was the first guide I saw the first time I tuned into Safari Live in 2016 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Thank you Jamie for bringing these beautiful animals and this wonderful show into my life 💕
Jamie, you are one of my favorite guides on Safari Live and we will all miss you very much, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I feel like i’m saying goodbye to a family member. Whose going to be there to save snails from evil sticks or answer my questions the way you do. This is not a goodbye, but a see you later, because what you have here is to amazing to be apart from, Good luck out there and see you later.
So happy for you to venture on to new things, as I find life very exciting and never turn away from change. Best to you! Ring me if you ever come to Vegas, lots of nature here! xxoo
Jamie, thank you, thank you, thank you from the students of Charles Brant Chesney Elementary in Duluth, Georgia, United States. We have been on drive with you for the last four years, and admire your depth of knowledge and sensitivity towards the animals. Though we did not send in questions via twitter (no account here), we enjoyed your responses to other students’ questions. Kameron says, “You were great at your job,” Sylaine says, “You are a very great person,” Bryson and Nardos say, ” you have a really good heart for animals,” David says, ” I hope you do good on your studies, and I hope when you are ready you will go back to Djuma and help all of the animals,” Blake says, “you were amazing at finding animals!” Emilio says “Good luck being a veterinarian!”, “Annabelle says “We will miss you!” this is Dr. Sonja Fox, Gifted Program Teacher saying God Bless you and direct you on your new path!
As a relatively newcomer to Safari Live, I so enjoy “joining” you on drives, and wish you happiness and every success in your next adventure.
Jamie, thank you so much for opening my eyes to the spotted hyena. I had an appreciation for their place in nature, but you brought out of me a love for this animal.
Your journey to your dream is taking a detour for a reason. Enjoy every step!
Outstanding Safari Live video tribute to the entire staff, a real keepsake. I wish Jamie the very best in pursuing her dream of becoming a vet. I look forward to riding along with the guides on upcoming safaris. I love what you do and share your passion for wildlife.
wishing you a great adventure as you learn new things and move forward in your journey. You shall be missed.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the great drives, the laughs and the sensitivity around the animals. Wishing you the very best in your new role as student and that all your dreams may be realised.
Wonderful tribute to an exceptional, one of a kind young lady who will be sorely missed. Good luck for the next chapter in your life Jamie :)
This is such a beautiful tribute!
Good luck to Jamie in her new adventure xxx
Lady, what a joy you are to us, but especially to that “love of your life” Brent. Both of you encourage each other’s dreams and that is what makes your relationship special. Therefore, to be loved and supported to follow a dream is a fabulous gift. You will be an extraordinary vet. I know it is a long road ahead, but a joyous one.
I discovered Safari Live in March 2019 and it stole my heart right from the beginning.
Jamie, you quickly became my favorite guide because of your knowledge, your passion for nature and your great sense of humor.
You will be missed.
As much as I prefer the male testosterone behind the safari wheel, I have the utmost respect for you.
You are obviously extremely smart, caring and a true wildlife lover(aka Brent LOL).
Good luck with your studies, there are some lucky animals awaiting the benefit of having your care!
Oh. I thought Lauren was the vegetarian. Hmmm. OH. A Veterinarian. I see. My dearest I wish you congratulations and continued success in your endeavors. You have been such a joy over the years. I applaud you for your unique gifts in the WE family. As an educator to us all and conservator of our animal kingdom. Take good care and know that you have touched many lives.
I feel so sorry because you‘re leaving, JamIe! It was a great pleasure for me to go on Safari with you and I‘ll hope to hear sometimes how it‘s going with you!
I wish you all the best! Make your dreams become true!
You will be truly missed. I found Safarilive a very long time ago while recovering from a broken back..accident involving me and my forever horse..anyway, been an avid fan since. All of your followers I am sure, wish for you the very best life has to offer. Hopefully, you will pop up and give us updated. Cheers!!
Will miss the smart, funny, interesting Jamie Patterson. Wishing you all the very best with your new career path. You will make an amazing vet. Go girl.
Thanks to Jamie, each time I see a leopard de-fluff a kill I will say, “Fleh, fleh, fleh” in her honor. I don’t envy the studying that’s ahead of you, Jamie, but I know that you will persist until you achieve your dream. Go get ’em, girl!!!!
Every best wish for the future Jamie. I have a gut feeling you will be highly successful in all you do in the future. You have proved to be a sensitive and extremely proficient educator and presenter. I shall miss you but as this door closes more adventure await beyond. I shall watch your pages with interest. May your God go with you.
What a wonderful testament to Jaime! I’m a new member of WE but have been watching SL for about 6 months and these are my inaugural comments. Best wishes, Jaime, in fulfilling your dream of becoming a wildlife vet. You will do well because you have the passion. But you will be sorely missed at Safari Live. I will miss your commentary, your humor and especially your delivery. You made all things interesting.
I am both excited for you but selfishly sad that you are leaving. I will never forget the drive with you and the elephants when the little one fell down a bank and all the mommy elephants ran to see if the baby was ok. Also, the multiple times when you needed to calm an upset Ellie with your soothing voice and of course the Ellies calmed down. You truly have a gift for working with all the animals. You turned my dislike of Hyenas to a love for them. Your love story with Brent was awesome to witness on screen and to see it blossom to what it is today.
You leaving is like a friend leaving because we see you twice a day and from watching you for years, viewer get attached, I know I did. But with those feelings we can only want the best for you and your future and your happiness!
God bless you Jamie, and thank you for the privilege of learning so much from you! Good luck with Vet school, and all that you do!
Will miss you terribly. Your knowledge is vast and your compassion beyond words , wishing you the very best in your new adventure,
This world needs more Jamie’s. Your knowledge, demeanor and sheer wonderfulness will be sorely missed during the game drives.
However, knowing that there are going to be some very fortunate animals under your care makes my heart happy.
Cheers to you Jamie! You have impacted so many of us in so many ways and appreciated more than you might know.
Louise, wonderful tribute. Jamie, thank you for the many wonderful, engaging, and entertaining experiences. I always enjoyed the way you talked to the animals. Dr. Paterson will be an amazing vet! Best wishes, but you will be sorely missed. Please visit!
What a lovely tribute from Louise on behalf of WildEarth. Thank you Jamie for your excellent company on so many drives; WE will miss you hugely. However it is such a worthwhile career that you have chosen to pursue I can only congratulation you on your courage in making this decision, and may the very best of good fortune guide you on the road ahead.
We love every bit of Safari Live for the last two years or so from the day I accidently come across SL on You tube. We enjoyed the passion and the way, Jamie delivered her comments during live broadcasts. we wish you all the best from bottom of our hearts.
Jamie I have enjoyed your passion for the wildlife since the beginning. I’m sure that same passion will be apparent in this next phase as a veterinarian. Best wishes. Keep us updated.
Louise what beautiful words and so very true , I had a few tears ….Jamie is going to be dreadfully missed by all , and I wish her only the best on studying Veterinary Science, and she will be the most compassionate, honest, caring and knowledgeable vet .. Will miss you Jamie being broadcasted to my home for all those years
My favorite times with you, Jamie were when you had to settle down unruly elephants. You were always so calm but authoritative. One of my first sightings with you a few years ago was with a baby elephant trying to climb a hill, I think. You will be missed! I hate change! But SafariLive never lets us down. Jamie, I wish you success and happiness in your future
Awe Jamie I will miss watching you on Safari. I wish you the best in your next adventure becoming a vet. I can see you as a very good vet. I have tried so many times to send a comment to you and other presenters, but have never been successful. I live watching Safari live. All the best to you.
They say great things come in small packages, well, our dearest Jamie, you are one of the greatest. Your passion for wildlife from the largest to the smallest has made so many of us look at our world in a new way. You know you will be missed, but know that not only does our love and prayers go with you, but our respect and gratitude.
Good luck! Follow your dreams and wherever your heart takes you! I just discovered Safari Live and WildEarth in August and it was you that drew me in and started my viewing addiction. I’ll miss your fun, joy, laughter, whit, adventure, endless knowledge, and compassion. You will be missed more than you’ll ever know.
Thank you for blessing us with your grace and knowledge and humor. I will miss your spirit but am so glad you are following your goal with determination. Sometimes our calling finds us and sometimes you just know and go for it, and in your case you have viewers and unseen friends sending wishes and good thoughts for happiness and success in this adventure.
Jamie, You have been such an inspiration to me and too so many others that watch safarilive. You have such a very caring heart for the animals, you will make a fabulous veterinarian, I don’t doubt that at all. I’ve learned so much from you and the other guides. You will be missed alot, but we do understand your decision. We hope you will come back and visit sometimes, it would be so wonderful to see you now and then. I wish you the very best Jamie, and I congratulate you for following your dreams. You were a super fantastic guide. Lots of love to you.
you are so going to be missed but good luck in your future xx
All I can say is NOOOOOO! I have loved watching Jamie guide us through the fun and sad times of the lives of animals. Her enthusiasm for the important work she has will be miss. Jamie a huge thank you and I wish you well.
Jamie thank you for your knowledge and expertise you have captured the hearts of everyone!! You will be deeply missed!! I have no doubt you will be the best veterinarian in the world. Good luck & God bless
Jamie I wish you all the luck in your childhood dreams.you have given me so much confidence and helped me through so much for 3 years that I’ve been watching you and brent. Please keep us all updated on your progress even if it’s through brent. Missing you already.💋🥰
I wish you luck with your dream Jamie, always remember that the sky is the limit! I will surely miss all your nice chats and your passion for wild life. You were amazing in what you have done and achieved, God Bless Jamie 🙏😇♥️
Jamie…. Thank you for the memories all the best on your new journey…. 🐺🐺 Your doggies will miss you 😎🤙🐟
Jamie it has been wonderful and a pleasure to ride along with you. You will be sorely missed. You will be a great Vet with all the compassion you have for the animals. Many thanks and all the best in following your dreams. Stay in touch and hope to see you for visits to Djuma.
I’ve only been watching a short time and only lurk but you have become a favourite and I had tears when you gave the news. Best of luck to you.
Jamie, I don’t think it’s possible to say how very much we will all miss you or how grateful we are to you for the way you brightened our safaris with WildEarth. The next six years will be a hard slog for you but there’s no doubt in my mind you will be an excellent vet. Having the courage to take that deep breath and follow your dream is a wonderful thing and we all wish you the very best of luck with your studies. Go well … but please come back to visit us.
Jamie your talents will be missed and your delightful manner is unmatched. Life is full of difficult choices…like leaving something good for something deep in your heart that draws your attention.. You will be successful and reach an even greater achievement, and i am sure if you wish to visit your friends at WildEarth they will be pleased to welcome you. May you bring your desires to full fruition and become your hearts’ desire. Godspeed Jamie!
Thanks for the wonderful time and knowledge you shared with all of the viewers on SL With your love of animals and determination you will be a wonderful veterinarian I would be very proud to have you as my granddaughter as I know your family loves you like we your fans do. Best wishes
Aw, Jamie, we are heartbroken for us, as viewers, but so heartened by the fact that animals are still to be the major beneficiaries of your talent and ability. We wish you everything your heart desires and best of luck in your future.
Thank you for the time and effort you have given to this part of your career.
You may never have met us, but to us we have felt like you are one of our dearest friends.
Such a heartfelt commendation for a very watchable safari guide. Jamie, we all, every single one of us who have watched your very special approach to the encounters with all the animals. With your natural aptitude you will certainly make a very fine vet. Hope all goes well for you and hopefully we’ll see you as a guest appearance on a future show. Best Wishes for your future Jamie, you deserve to succeed with your natural ability.
From Cambridge UK GOOD LUCK.
Jaime, I will miss your drives and stories so much. You are such a treasure trove of joy and a true conservationist. I have no doubt that you will find entrance to Veterinary School and once there, find it easy because you are a natural. LOL a good pun there. Thank you for bringing these wild animals into my home every day. I am in Canada and will most likely not see them any other way.
Jamie, you WILL be missed … by me and sooo many others! Blessings and prayers go out for you on your continued journey to help the animals you love so much.
Jamie may do well and prosper in your next adventure you will be sorely misted regards Ian
Sad to hear you are leaving Jamie. If has been a great pleasure riding along with you the last 3-1/2 years. Have learned a lot from you greatly appreciate that. Wish you all the best in the future.
Thanks for sharing the things you love with us on safariLIVE. that’s what i will miss the most. the wildlife veterinary world is blessed to have you.
To be honest, I’m tearing up…
It’s going to hard to see you go Jamie. Wish you the best of luck and hope to see you on safari again some day.
What a lovely tribute to Jamie Paterson, Louise. She is the epitome of grace and eloquence and has been one of the most pleasurable humans I have ever experienced. Jamie is tough too though. She is not a sissy, but has shown and shared how to be strong and soft in a world that sometimes is too cynical to bear. Thank you, Jamie. You will be missed more than you will ever know and Wildearth will not be the same without you. Please keep us posted as you continue your education and life helping to improve the lives of animals in the wild. You are just the best. Patricia Scott 11/6/2019
Mahalo nui Loa Jamie. A pleasure watching you for two years. A true professional in every way. All the best with your future
First time ever to write something on here. I have followed Jamie from her start on WildEarth. Because of her knowledge, I have gone from hating the hyenas to loving them. I wish that we would have the time again of seeing them the way she showed them to us. Wishing you all the best Jamie with your studies and your future life. Winnipeg, Mb., Canada.
Will miss you more then you know Jamie.
It has been an absolute pleasure riding along with you on the many drives and bushwalk we have been lucky enough to have been part of with you. Your consideration of the animals and gentle and thought out approach to each and every sighting has been a delight. You will make wonderful Veterinarian Jamie and although you will be sorely missed we will remain hopeful that you will be able to come back and visit us again. Many thanks and wishing you every success in your future endeavours.