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Nénette – Paris zoo’s oldest Madame

February 14, 2011

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She’s an ageing red-head, who’s had three “husbands” and four kids, but Nénette’s life is far from fulfilled. Unlike most Parisian women her age, she is not a lady of leisure, she is in fact a prisoner in her own home. The 40-year orangutan is the subject of the latest documentary by Nicolas Philibert, famed for […]

Eight Virunga Park rangers die following ambush by rebel militia

February 7, 2011

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Since 1996, one hundred and forty park rangers have been killed by rebel militia, for trying to protect Virunga National Park and the species within it. According to the charity, the Gorilla Organization, the park has suffered more ranger deaths than any other protected area in the world and in recent weeks the violence has escalated due […]

Music to my ears

January 26, 2011

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I started learning the Joanna (piano, for those unfamiliar with Cockney-Rhyming slang) age 6. The sight and sound of those shiny black and white keys was both intriguing as well magical. Although I don’t play that much any more, I’ve developed a better appreciation for classical music now, than I ever had before. My favourite instrument has always […]

Indonesia delays on bilateral deal to save rainforests

January 6, 2011

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At the start of this year, the Indonesian Forestry Ministry announced plans to help keep its virgin forests intact by offering land concessions to companies to use previously logged areas. It’s part of a two-year moratorium with Norway, which will pay Indonesia (one billion dollars) for proven emissions reductions. Everything seems to come with a price tag these […]

Leakey’s Angels

December 10, 2010

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Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was a British archaeologist whose work was important in establishing human evolutionary  development in Africa. He was born in British East Africa, what is now known as Kenya. He developed an early interest in prehistory, which he combined with his love of the continent. The paleoanthropological research he and his family did, […]

The legend that is Attenborough……

December 8, 2010

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There aren’t many people in the world whose name is a global phenomenon. Sir David Attenborough is certainly one of those who has top ranking, especially as he is adored by both young and old. The first time I interviewed Sir David was a few years ago at the Natural History Museum’s butterfly house. I […]

Oil companies to enter Mountain Gorilla range

December 4, 2010

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As part of my homework this week, I was asked to watch a documentary on the Mountain Gorillas. Out of all the primates I am learning about, the gorillas are my favourite. They truly are the gentle giants of the primate world and it would be a huge honour to one day see them in […]