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The Gorillas

June 18, 2014

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We must have trekked for about an hour and a half until we came to a stop. The air was crisp, cool but damp. The smell of the vegetation up there is unbelievable. A cross between eucalyptus, citrus and herbs. Magnificent! I stood inhaling the air deeply, catching my breath. As one conservationist told me, […]

Gorilla Permits and Bureaucracy

June 18, 2014

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This morning my alarm went off at 0600. Today was the day I had been dreaming about for the last four years. I’d seen £450 swiftly leave my bank account in March for a slip of paper that wasn’t quite in my hands yet. Crazy I know. UC and I made a short walk to […]

Musanze

June 15, 2014

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I didn’t really get a chance to explore Kigali. We arrived in the capital at 7pm after ten hours on the bus. Food, shower, bed was the order of play. (View from the motel this morning) This morning after brekkie UC and I headed back to the bus station to head for the mountains. We […]

Uganda

June 14, 2014

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Coming back to Uganda has been a surreal experience. I fell in love with the country and its people after spending four months here in 2012 for my primatology research. In my experience Ugandan’s are generally bubbly, happy and helpful. So far after 2 days in the country this memory has been reaffirmed. The biggest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leaving their mark – even apes love to paint.

August 31, 2011

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The art world has mourned many great painters over the years. Some have lived to a ripe ole age, other have died young like this next painter, who didn’t even make it to his 30th. He wasn’t plagued by drink or drug problems. He was a much-loved individual who was described as having a “gentle […]