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Back to civilisation….

November 30, 2010


For the last five days I have been holed up in my flat writing an essay for one of my university modules. The deadline was yesterday. I didn’t see daylight in that time and I didn’t even bother to get out of my PJ’s until well after midday. I officially turned into ‘Cousin It’ quicker […]

Postcode lottery

November 26, 2010


Exactly four weeks ago today, an infant gorilla was born at London Zoo. His arrival not only marks the end of a 22 year wait for the keepers; but this lucky fella has just inherited one of the most sought-after postcodes in London. Even for newborn gorillas there’s a lottery where you end up, because […]

A tragic loss…Colonel Avi Sivan dies in chopper crash

November 23, 2010


I’ve just received the sad news that Colonel Avi Sivan, the director of Ape Action Africa in Cameroon, West Africa, has died in a helicopter crash today. He was flying between the main cities of Douala and Yaoundé with a local army commander, who also died in the incident. I’ve never met Sivan, but the […]

Island retreat

November 20, 2010


Chasing chimps in the jungle may sound exciting, and don’t get me wrong it is, but it’s also bloody exhausting. If you’re lugging a camera and a tripod; the world’s heaviest rucksack – even though you’ve packed it like a capsule wardrobe – it’s still tough. Plus you’re watching out for snakes and spiders and […]

Chimp chasing…

November 19, 2010


Africa has always been a continent that’s intrigued me – the stunning landscapes; untamed wildlife; beautiful dialects that vary across bordering countries and a nation that embraces its tribal traditions. My father was born in Tanzania, or Tanganyika as he still refers to it, (the name was changed in 1964). I was taken there as […]