Browsing All posts tagged under »Asia«

Elephants Don’t Forget So Why Are We?

August 19, 2014

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This is me in Sri Lanka’s Kaudulla National Park in May this year. The sight of 80 wild Asia elephants literally brought tears to my eyes. I’ll never forget those few hours for as long as I live. Their sheer size and number was overwhelming. I was quite literally gobsmacked, a small feat for someone […]

Indian etiquette

February 21, 2014

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In the last two months I have managed to be in four different continents (America, Europe, Africa and now Asia). I am in India, my ancestral home. I feel happy here, a lot of my childhood upbringing was steeped in Indian tradition and it makes me feel connected to the billions of people who live […]

Great Apes Summit – Palm Oil

September 23, 2013

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The profitability of palm oil has fueled a global ago-industrial surge that has devastated vast areas of orangutan habitat in Asia. It now threatens great ape forests in Africa. I spoke to some of the world’s leading experts in conservation on whether there is a sustainable way to meet the popular demand of this crop.

Earliest fossil primate discovered in China

June 9, 2013

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This week has been a very mixed bag of stories on the science desk. It began with a story about the HPV virus (Human Papillomavirus) and Michael Douglas’ throat cancer, which he claimed he developed through oral sex. Then came a study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which raised the “potential but […]

Primates in Peril

October 17, 2012

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It makes for bleak reading but 25 species of primates are on the brink of extinction because of destructive human activity. The stark warning comes following a report published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Six of the severely […]

Returning to the life of an Urban Primate

October 9, 2012

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It’s been almost four months since I put a finger to keyboard to publish anything on whogivesamonkeys. Although it doesn’t feel that long I can hardly believe it’s October. I’m pleased to announce I’ve started my new job as Science Reporter on Channel 4 News although I have yet to actually cover a science story. For […]

Fish – Day 54

April 28, 2012

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Next week is my last at camp Budongo. I feel quite emotional about it. I love the surroundings, the staff; field assistants, the researchers and Mary’s cooking (chapatis just won’t taste the same elsewhere!). It will be hard to leave dry-eyed even for a cynical old boot like me. Nine weeks have vanished, but I […]