Browsing All posts tagged under »East Africa«

Being top dog may drive you barking mad

July 17, 2011

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Last night I went out for a drink with a colleague (Karate Kid)  who has quite a senior position within the newsroom. He has to out-put edit the programme on a regular basis, which is no mean feat at national level. And he openly confessed that it can be a stressful job. Working to deadlines […]

East Africa’s worst drought – or is this the shape of things to come?

July 8, 2011

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At eight forty-five this morning I was on a train heading out of London to Cambridge. I squeezed into a seat sandwiched between wide-eyed, anxious teenagers and their somewhat smug parents. After all even if your kid is bright enough to get into the historic university, you still need some serious cash to afford the […]

Masking the problem – should mountain gorilla tourists cover up to save the great apes?

May 14, 2011

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I can hardly believe it’s almost a year since I carted myself off to the African jungle. I remember being full of excitement and apprehension as I put aside my high-heels and lip gloss and packed my box-fresh hiking boots and 100 per cent Deet. As a city girl who’s never even been camping it […]

Heritage status for Tanzania’s mountains may have peaked too early

May 3, 2011

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Hands up how many of you have heard of the kipunji? No it’s not a nomadic tribe. Take a good look at the photo below – it’s a species of monkey that was discovered in Tanzania, East Africa in 2003 and the first to be assigned a new genus since 1923. It has a distinctive […]

Chimpanzees can develop AIDS

March 9, 2011

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As I spend more time learning about research carried out in the scientific world, I realise there are a wealth of stories that just never manage to penetrate the mainstream media. The attitude of so many news editors is surprising blinkered and aloof, as I found out last year when I tried to pitch my […]

Baboons unlock the key to human stress

March 5, 2011

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There’s no question about it, stress is bad for you. You don’t need a science degree to work it out. But did you realise that continuous long-term stress can actually shorten your life? Last week I interviewed a woman who suffered years of post-traumatic stress after she was raped by someone she knew. A horrible […]

New appointments for Ape Action Africa

February 5, 2011

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This year I’m hoping to fly back to Africa to film the work being done at Mefou Sanctuary in Cameroon. I’m keen to experience and see first hand how different West Africa is to East Africa, as well as looking at the differences in the various sub-species of chimpanzees from other geographical areas. Believe it or […]