Browsing All posts tagged under »elephants«

Locked and loaded

June 23, 2015

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The rifle was big. Almost the same size as the ranger. Clever has worked for Arusha National Park for 11 years. He patrols the park regularly for poachers. The illegal ivory trade is still thriving in Tanzania. The country is among the worst in Africa (Mozambique also guilty) for this activity and according to conservationists […]

Serengeti National Park

June 21, 2015

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I cannot put into words how exceptional my safari has been. From the moment we left the registration office it has read like a Nat Geo series – except this was all achieved in less than 48hours – unheard of!!! My buddy B from Bozeman who works in wildlife docco couldn’t believe the list of […]

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 […]

National Parks

May 10, 2014

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Since being in Sri Lanka, I have been to five national parks dotted all over the country (Minneriya, Kaudulla, Yala, Bundala and now Sinharaja). During my various safaris I have been fortunate to see a leopard basking in the early morning sun on a rock, a sloth bear feeding high in the treetops; 80 wild […]

Indian Wedding Season

February 22, 2014

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It’s quite one thing to hear about elephants on the road, all dolled up for wedding season and another to witness it in the flesh. What a magnificent beast!

From elephant poacher to protector, the pygmy who is the latest eco-guard addition to Congo’s Odzala National Park patrols

February 14, 2014

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The speed at which Brice Mouapele moves through the dense tropical undergrowth is impressive. The hot damp humid air is stifling, but Mouapele appears unaffected as he brushes past thick shrubs and jungle vines in his camouflage fatigues clutching his rifle. The 39 year old pygmy is the latest addition to the team of eco-guards […]

Diplomacy

November 7, 2013

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Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not someone who minces their words. I like to think I’m not flat-out inappropriate but I do tell it as it is. Something I think the staff at the United Nations were not fully prepared for. As I headed into the compound yesterday morning I was greeted […]

Wildlife Crime

October 30, 2013

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I recently listened to an interview on the radio by two conservation activists talking about the state of wildlife trafficking globally. It made depressing listening. High on the agenda was the issue of ivory and the butchery that’s involved in removing tusks from elephants. One of the interviewees said to the presenter, “imagine having your […]

Charm offensive hopes to highlight the underground trade in Britain’s wildlife crime

September 20, 2011

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Coming back through the airport last week I was reminded just what a major hub London is for people wanting to access different parts of the world, something that isn’t necessarily a good thing when it works in favour of international criminals. A new exhibition run in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police and a number […]

Roll up, roll up, place your vote to ban wild animal circuses

June 23, 2011

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The idea of a circus leaves me cold for two reasons. The first is a very personal experience and the second, is due to my role as someone who is beginning to appreciate the value and importance of conservation and wildlife. My experience sadly wasn’t a private memory, nope, in true reporter style it was […]