New Canaan resident Les de Villiers will speak with the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. He will share his experiences on numerous safaris across East and Southern Africa and will talk about the joys of spending time with animals in the wild from the perspective of someone who has been "addicted to nature" from an early age.

Having grown up in the arid interior region of South Africa, de Villiers learned to appreciate the outdoors from an early age. Horse riding, hunting and playing rugby were rites of passage. However, his hunting days came to an abrupt end in the 70s when he found his trigger finger trembling with a large kudu bull in the sight. He fired a shot in the air, sold his rifles and bought a camera. Today he spends at least six weeks every year on safari in Southern and East Africa, and will explain why an African safari is one of the world's most addictive pursuits.

De Villiers has a doctorate in economic history and has written a number of books on economics and politics, conservation and travel, including "The South African Travel Guide," "The Third Eye and Other Animal Riddles" and "Safari Guide."

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The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open for new membership applications. Applicants are especially welcome to attend this meeting. Visit for more information or call membership chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.