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Last Day

November 16, 2014

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I was very sad to leave camp. I have met some extraordinary people and it was fantastic to see another forest in another continent. On my last day I followed one of the management team into the forest along with a new intern for a lesson on navigation. The forest can be a very confusing […]

King Louie and the swingers

November 15, 2014

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To be able to see one wild species of ape is a privilege but to see two species (orangutans and gibbons) would be like all my Christmases had come at once. The alarm went off at 4am and I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and stretched as best as I could in my small […]

Return to The Budongo Forest Reserve

June 28, 2014

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When I emailed my Ugandan friends from the conservation field station and told them I was coming back after two years they couldn’t believe it. I only had a small window to get to Budongo in western Uganda. Uncle Charlie and I have had a pretty mental travel schedule using various buses and staying probably […]

Sign on the dotted line….

February 6, 2014

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Next week marks ten years of waiting by conservationists for an area of forest in Congo to be granted protective status. The verbal agreement made by the Congolese government on February 11th 2004 was to turn Ogooue-Leketi – a dense evergreen tropical rainforest- into a national park. The so-called promise was made after an iron […]

Gorillas and Witch Doctors

February 4, 2014

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Saying the climb down Mount Ngakah was difficult is an understatement. By the time we schlepped back to camp it was almost 3pm. I was absolutely starving and ready to collapse. Lord knows how my legs didn’t buckle in the shower as the ice cold water fell over me. The boys headed for the river […]

Lesio-Louna and Mount Ngakah

February 3, 2014

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This weekend Tarzan, the Brit and I went to Lesio-Louna. It’s in the province of Pool about 170km from Brazzaville. Famed for it’s striking landscape it is also home to a gorilla orphanage in the heart of a forest. We left the apartment on Friday at 6.30pm and loaded up the pick-up truck taking with […]

Winding Up and Winding Down – Days 77- 81

May 23, 2012

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After my short episode in jail the last few days have been somewhat less exciting. On Saturday Moses and another field assistant from Budongo, Dominic made a trip to Biiso to surprise me. It was lovely to see them both. Although I half suspect the visit was an excuse for Moses to borrow a motorcycle […]