Browsing All posts tagged under »poaching«

Locked and loaded

June 23, 2015

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The rifle was big. Almost the same size as the ranger. Clever has worked for Arusha National Park for 11 years. He patrols the park regularly for poachers. The illegal ivory trade is still thriving in Tanzania. The country is among the worst in Africa (Mozambique also guilty) for this activity and according to conservationists […]

Lake Manyara

June 20, 2015

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My two safari companions are neither Swiss nor a couple. They are two female German friends who live in Berlin and are in their 40s. They have a great sense of humour, are extremely well travelled and love wildlife. I can’t complain, this has been a stroke of luck! After getting to know them over […]

Elephants Don’t Forget So Why Are We?

August 19, 2014

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This is me in Sri Lanka’s Kaudulla National Park in May this year. The sight of 80 wild Asia elephants literally brought tears to my eyes. I’ll never forget those few hours for as long as I live. Their sheer size and number was overwhelming. I was quite literally gobsmacked, a small feat for someone […]

Tiger

February 24, 2014

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Sawai Madhopur is best know for one thing – Ranthambhore National Park. It’s home to some very special biodiversity including the tiger. Safaris take place twice a day, so as not to put too much pressure on the animals because the noise from the jeeps is loud. Early morning drives start at 0630 until 1000 […]

From elephant poacher to protector, the pygmy who is the latest eco-guard addition to Congo’s Odzala National Park patrols

February 14, 2014

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The speed at which Brice Mouapele moves through the dense tropical undergrowth is impressive. The hot damp humid air is stifling, but Mouapele appears unaffected as he brushes past thick shrubs and jungle vines in his camouflage fatigues clutching his rifle. The 39 year old pygmy is the latest addition to the team of eco-guards […]

Trophy Hunting

January 27, 2014

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At the beginning of the month I was approached by the news team at the cable channel Arise News to rejoin as a presenter. I did a small stint at the end of the summer but left after August to pursue other projects. It’s a news channel with a particular focus on African stories and […]

Can herbal remedies help you turn over a new leaf?

April 15, 2011

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The Northerner is ill. Thankfully it’s not man flu, which can be more exhausting than a 10k run, but he does have a terrible throat infection and a runny nose to boot. Despite the river of mucous and the coughing fits, he soldiering on. My 87-year-old Trinidadian grandmother who’s very fond of the Manc – […]

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 […]

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 […]