Browsing All posts tagged under »democratic Republic of Congo«

The Love of a Stranger – Bonobos Care About Others

January 3, 2013

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For the last month we have been reminded that Christmas is a time for sharing. But at the start of a new year how many of us carry this sentiment through the rest of the calendar months and how many of us would put a stranger before someone we know? Our natural tendency if we […]

Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

June 2, 2012

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Trying to get a meeting with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is no mean feat.  She is one of Africa’s leading scientists and conservationists and she’s in huge demand. Her mission to promote conservation through human public health is something that is becoming increasingly more important as people and animals are forced to live in closer proximity […]

Cholera – Day 75

May 17, 2012

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The area I’m in has been plagued by cholera for more or less a month now. The worst of it is in the villages which lie along the lake’s shore including Bugoigo (remember camp Guan-Tanna-mo!) but there have been a few cases here in Biiso. Once again a lot of people are blaming the Congolese […]

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 […]

Groomed by a Mountain gorilla, what would you do?

January 31, 2012

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How would you react if you had a 20-stone male eyeballing you while his Mrs and children clambered all over you? Most people would probably need a fresh pair of undies as my friend BQ pointed out to me. Well one tourist probably did what most people would do and sat as still as possible […]

Getting to grips with life in Dublin

May 25, 2011

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Isn’t this such a great picture?! It was emailed over to me by my Irish friend BQ. It’s how I look when my head hits the pillow after a busy news day. This is two month old Kituba, who has only just been named officially by Dublin Zoo. For the first two weeks after his […]

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 […]