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Back to civilisation….

November 30, 2010

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]