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Drilling stopped in Virunga National Park but for how long?

June 12, 2014

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As I prepared to board a flight to East Africa yesterday news that oil exploration within Africa’s oldest national park had been suspended broke. The environmental charity WWF was claiming this as its own hard-fought victory. It follows endless campaigning and celebrity endorsement which the NGO believes helped to safeguard the Democratic Republic of Congo’s […]

There’s no such thing as bad publicity – Virunga finally in the UK headlines

October 27, 2013

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A row over the latest celebrity-endorsed campaign by the conservation giant WWF has lead to more coverage across newspaper titles than it probably could have hoped for. Nothing like controversy to get tongues wagging. Note to self NGOs! Conservation is not a sexy subject to news editors. But throw in a good-looking woman, filmed in […]

Groomed by a Mountain gorilla, what would you do?

January 31, 2012

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How would you react if you had a 20-stone male eyeballing you while his Mrs and children clambered all over you? Most people would probably need a fresh pair of undies as my friend BQ pointed out to me. Well one tourist probably did what most people would do and sat as still as possible […]

Masking the problem – should mountain gorilla tourists cover up to save the great apes?

May 14, 2011

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I can hardly believe it’s almost a year since I carted myself off to the African jungle. I remember being full of excitement and apprehension as I put aside my high-heels and lip gloss and packed my box-fresh hiking boots and 100 per cent Deet. As a city girl who’s never even been camping it […]

Licence to thrill, Daniel Craig to replace Attenborough

April 30, 2011

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He has one of the most distinctive voices on the planet and his wide-spread popularity makes him a legend in his own right, that and a 60-year-old career. But Sir David Attenborough’s dulcet tones are being replaced by an unlikely candidate – Craig, Daniel Craig. The 007 film star has been picked by the BBC […]

Oil exploration suspended in DRC, but for how long?

April 5, 2011

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They’ve may have won the first round, but conservationists say they are stepping up the pressure on the Congolese government to say ‘no’ for good to two British oil firms drilling in Africa’s oldest park. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a UNESCO world heritage site, permission had been granted […]

Mum’s the word!

March 31, 2011

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I’m at that age now where most of my friends are either married off with children or are brooding. I’ve been warned with many a wagging finger and raised eyebrow by my yummy-mummy mates, that unless I start procreating now or at least consider freezing my eggs, (I don’t even freeze leftover food!!) I’m likely […]

On your bike – cinema comes to remote Ugandan villages

March 12, 2011

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This week I was mortified to see just how much my electric bill has gone up. It’s a utility I know I can’t live without, but it makes me so cross that certain companies are hiking up their prices even when they’ve earned a bumper profit in the recession. Electricity is something I think we […]

Eight Virunga Park rangers die following ambush by rebel militia

February 7, 2011

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Since 1996, one hundred and forty park rangers have been killed by rebel militia, for trying to protect Virunga National Park and the species within it. According to the charity, the Gorilla Organization, the park has suffered more ranger deaths than any other protected area in the world and in recent weeks the violence has escalated due […]

Oil companies to enter Mountain Gorilla range

December 4, 2010

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As part of my homework this week, I was asked to watch a documentary on the Mountain Gorillas. Out of all the primates I am learning about, the gorillas are my favourite. They truly are the gentle giants of the primate world and it would be a huge honour to one day see them in […]