Browsing All posts tagged under »Congo«

Interviews – Day 37

April 11, 2012

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My interview with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) didn’t happen on the day I had scheduled it. Bad weather, the Easter break and lack of transportation meant it had to be postponed. But when I did finally catch up with the officer in question I was mildly surprised by how refreshingly honest he was. He […]

Oil exploration suspended in DRC, but for how long?

April 5, 2011

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They’ve may have won the first round, but conservationists say they are stepping up the pressure on the Congolese government to say ‘no’ for good to two British oil firms drilling in Africa’s oldest park. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a UNESCO world heritage site, permission had been granted […]

Mum’s the word!

March 31, 2011

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I’m at that age now where most of my friends are either married off with children or are brooding. I’ve been warned with many a wagging finger and raised eyebrow by my yummy-mummy mates, that unless I start procreating now or at least consider freezing my eggs, (I don’t even freeze leftover food!!) I’m likely […]

Researchers create a road map for African sanctuaries

March 19, 2011

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The influx of chimpanzees being taken in by African sanctuaries and rescue centres shows no sign of letting up. Despite the tireless efforts of conservationists and scientists to safeguard these apes in the wild, many new arrivals share a common bond, they are the by-products of either the illegal bushmeat trade or pet trade. Adult […]

Chimpanzee meat allegedly being sold in the Midlands

March 1, 2011

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The bushmeat trade in Europe made the headlines in June after researchers revealed that more than 270 tonnes pass through Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris a year. The study published in the journal, Conservation Letters, was the first of its kind. Now there’s growing concern that chimpanzee meat is allegedly being sold in underground bushmeat markets in […]

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 […]

My life in perspective

January 30, 2011

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When the financial crisis happened in 2008, I never imagined what an impact it would have on my career and how that would affect my life. I was made redundant from my job as a national newsreader and reporter on Channel Five News in 2009. I decided to turn freelance and began juggling work with SKY […]

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 […]