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Germs

June 20, 2014

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Before I left Kinigi I met up with the director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), Anna Behm Masozera. It’s one conservation NGO that has teamed up with other big partners to create an online gorilla pledge. The pledge is aimed at tourists and is to safeguard the apes from potential risks we pose. […]

Gorilla Permits and Bureaucracy

June 18, 2014

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This morning my alarm went off at 0600. Today was the day I had been dreaming about for the last four years. I’d seen ¬£450 swiftly leave my bank account in March for a slip of paper that wasn’t quite in my hands yet. Crazy I know. UC and I made a short walk to […]

Drilling stopped in Virunga National Park but for how long?

June 12, 2014

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As I prepared to board a flight to East Africa yesterday news that oil exploration within Africa’s oldest national park had been suspended broke. The environmental charity WWF was claiming this as its own hard-fought victory. It follows endless campaigning and celebrity endorsement which the NGO believes helped to safeguard the Democratic Republic of Congo’s […]

Great Apes Summit – PETA

September 24, 2013

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Today, Dan Mathews, PETA spoke to me about the use of primates in Hollywood for the Great Apes Summit in Jackson Hole. Mathews addressed the chimpanzee featured in Paramount Pictures’ The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Great Apes Summit – Disease in apes and humans

September 23, 2013

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Genetic similarities between great apes and humans leaves both susceptible to deadly diseases. It’s a dilemma which is exacerbated by human encroachment, bushmeat hunting and illegal trade. I spoke to Dr Gladys Kalema Zikusoka and Dr Dominic Travis to ask them how do we protect both populations.

Justin Bieber’s Pet Monkey Confiscated

April 2, 2013

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He is the pop brat that has been under the public spotlight for what feels like an eternity but at the ripe old age of 19, Justin Bieber is still no wiser. Bieber is reportedly facing prosecution after he sneaked a capuchin monkey, which he bought as a pet, onto his private jet as he […]

Back to Uganda

January 25, 2012

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It’s official, in six weeks time I’ll be back in the Ugandan jungle.¬†This morning I got an approval email for one of three research permits I’ve applied for. Woo-hoo the countdown has begun. It’s been almost two years since my first taster of fieldwork and this time I’m prepared, focussed and raring to go. I […]