Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

Masking the problem – should mountain gorilla tourists cover up to save the great apes?

May 14, 2011

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I can hardly believe it’s almost a year since I carted myself off to the African jungle. I remember being full of excitement and apprehension as I put aside my high-heels and lip gloss and packed my box-fresh hiking boots and 100 per cent Deet. As a city girl who’s never even been camping it […]

Monkey vaccine offers new hope to AIDS patients

May 12, 2011

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I’ve found it very difficult to write this week. The intention has been there but there’s been no will. I’ve just finished my end of year exams which monopolised most of my time cramming and has left me feeling brain drained and I’ve also had a family funeral – my dear uncle died of cancer […]

Branson forced to wait out lemur conservation plans

May 8, 2011

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Sir Richard Branson’s pie in the sky idea to import lemurs from breeding zoos around the world and release them on a pristine island in the Caribbean has been put on hold…..again! Good intentions aside, conservationists will no doubt be breathing a huge sigh of relief at this latest news, which whipped up quite a […]

Retired rodeo champ talks a lot of bull

May 4, 2011

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It’s a sight you’re highly unlikely to see over here; but across the pond in America a former Rodeo champion and his team are growing a fan base of thousands. Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard is a 44-year-old man from Memphis. He decided to hang up his spurs to manage what he calls a “comedy act” made […]

Heritage status for Tanzania’s mountains may have peaked too early

May 3, 2011

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Hands up how many of you have heard of the kipunji? No it’s not a nomadic tribe. Take a good look at the photo below – it’s a species of monkey that was discovered in Tanzania, East Africa in 2003 and the first to be assigned a new genus since 1923. It has a distinctive […]