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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 […]

Mining by China Fuels Great Ape Trafficking from Guinea

November 7, 2012

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The extraction of Guinea’s large mineral wealth by China is being used as a smoke screen for the illegal trafficking of great apes from the continent say UN conservationists. As China continues to push its economic development, precious resources in some of the most remote corners of Guinea are being pumped out of the country […]

Primates in Peril

October 17, 2012

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It makes for bleak reading but 25 species of primates are on the brink of extinction because of destructive human activity. The stark warning comes following a report published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Six of the severely […]

Interviews – Day 37

April 11, 2012

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My interview with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) didn’t happen on the day I had scheduled it. Bad weather, the Easter break and lack of transportation meant it had to be postponed. But when I did finally catch up with the officer in question I was mildly surprised by how refreshingly honest he was. He […]

Something Borrowed – Day 12

March 18, 2012

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Last night I asked the project director if there was any ribbon on site or whether the villagers in the centre a few miles away might sell some. I’m fast using up the Elastoplast he bought me and I need to be able to mark and lay out all of my plots by Friday. He […]

Rain – Day 10

March 18, 2012

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Jaana, nvua ness-sa ming-gee sana (Yesterday the rain was very heavy). I woke up to what sounded like pebbles falling onto the tin roof above my head. I looked at my watch and it read 0305. The wind was howling and as I crawled out from underneath my mossie net and peered through the curtains, […]

Camp – Day 4

March 11, 2012

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I awoke this morning to the sound of the chimps hooting from the forest. The apes start to stir around 0500/0530. I rolled over and covered my head with my pillow; it had been difficult night’s sleep. The racket from the forest had my full attention for most of the night. By the time I […]