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Back to Uganda

January 25, 2012

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It’s official, in six weeks time I’ll be back in the Ugandan jungle. This morning I got an approval email for one of three research permits I’ve applied for. Woo-hoo the countdown has begun. It’s been almost two years since my first taster of fieldwork and this time I’m prepared, focussed and raring to go. I […]

Baby killers of the monkey world

June 15, 2011

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Cannibalism and infanticide are disturbingly common in nature and in one species of non human primate the females are the worst offenders. But what makes these revelations all the more shocking is that female moustached tamarins are not killing their competitors’ offspring, but their own. The moustached tamarin (Saguinus mystax) can be found in the […]

Jungle fever given the all clear

February 18, 2011

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This weekend Longleat Safari Park’s monkey enclosure, is due to open after almost two years of being shut, following the discovery of a rare virus that’s fatal to humans. In March 2008, one of the primates at the Wiltshire park was found to have a strain of herpes virus. A routine blood test found a […]

Nénette – Paris zoo’s oldest Madame

February 14, 2011

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She’s an ageing red-head, who’s had three “husbands” and four kids, but Nénette’s life is far from fulfilled. Unlike most Parisian women her age, she is not a lady of leisure, she is in fact a prisoner in her own home. The 40-year orangutan is the subject of the latest documentary by Nicolas Philibert, famed for […]

Island retreat

November 20, 2010

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Chasing chimps in the jungle may sound exciting, and don’t get me wrong it is, but it’s also bloody exhausting. If you’re lugging a camera and a tripod; the world’s heaviest rucksack – even though you’ve packed it like a capsule wardrobe – it’s still tough. Plus you’re watching out for snakes and spiders and […]

Chimp chasing…

November 19, 2010

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Africa has always been a continent that’s intrigued me – the stunning landscapes; untamed wildlife; beautiful dialects that vary across bordering countries and a nation that embraces its tribal traditions. My father was born in Tanzania, or Tanganyika as he still refers to it, (the name was changed in 1964). I was taken there as […]