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Big Island Small Mentality

April 13, 2015

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Since landing in Hilo I have relied on the kindness of strangers to take me places by car. No one really explained to me that in order to get the most out of the trip I should have my own wheels. There is a lot to see and getting across the island is impossibly difficult […]

Manta Ray Night Diving

April 4, 2015

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Night diving with Manta rays on Big Island is what every diver in Hawaii talks about. Even novices wax lyrical about this as the must-do-thing you have to tick off. Kona is also the only place of all the islands to do this. So after qualifying as a Rescue Diver I decided to treat myself […]

Call 911 there’s been an emergency

April 4, 2015

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Don’t panic, this didn’t really happen, but it was what I was yelling in the water to the captain of my boat while removing gear in the water and towing my dive instructor through some of the toughest waves in the ocean. The swell made the excercise even more taxing than it is already and […]

Snow Monkeys of Hell Valley

February 7, 2012

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On Friday last week I was told I would be on snow watch by my news editor. He rang me while I was at university and said wear your thermals tomorrow Asha you’re being sent out. I ended up in Buckinghamshire on Saturday night at a gritting station, doing a 3-minute live on the chaos […]

Apes on film

October 1, 2011

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In the last couple of years there seems to have been an influx in the number of films released in mainstream cinemas about primates. Maybe it’s because I’m studying these incredible creatures they are on my radar more than anyone else’s. First there was the documentary about Nénette, a 40-year-old female orangutan at a Parisian […]

Orangutan uses wet towel to cool down

August 27, 2011

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One resident at Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo has been impressing visitors with its hygiene skills. The orangutan uses a wet towel to clean itself, carefully wringing out the water before having a wash to stay cool. I don’t know the history behind this ape, but my hunch is that it may well have been a […]

Monkey signals when she wants to be left alone.

August 5, 2011

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When I’m in a bad mood I like to be left alone. I find solitude quite therapeutic. Thankfully I can just pick myself and find a quiet spot, but when you’re a captive monkey the options are limited. Keepers at Colchester Zoo have found that a mandrill, named Milly, has learnt to place her hand over […]

Monkey gives itself a pedicure

July 25, 2011

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There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in. Aside from work and study and visits to the gym to stay in shape, I’m talking about time to do basic grooming. Unlike men, there’s a lot more pressure for women of a certain age (sadly that’s me) to “maintain” their […]

Tourists in Morocco pose a threat to an endangered species of monkey

June 28, 2011

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Can you believe it’s almost July? Where on earth has the last six months gone? Soon schools will be breaking up and families will be descending on the airports in their droves for their summer getaway. While every government welcomes tourism and the money it can generate for the country; especially in these difficult economic […]

It’s not just me, monkeys have regrets too

May 27, 2011

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Last night I went to bed without uttering a word to The Northerner, a combination of being very grumpy and very tipsy after a lot of wine and a really stressful day at work – not my most attractive qualities. This morning my little black cloud has lifted and he was brave enough to suggest […]