Browsing All posts tagged under »United Nations«

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 […]

Safari – last day

November 10, 2013

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Post conference day I awoke feeling relief and satisfaction in equal measure. The sun was out and I was determined to make it my mission to see some animals before my red-eye flight home. In the house I was staying at were three other conservationists also making good use of the UN rep and his […]

Nairobi

November 5, 2013

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The security to get into the United Nations compound is tight. Understandable given September’s terrorist attack. I arrived this morning to find I was not on the list. A heavy sigh by me and a raised eyebrow by the armed guard didn’t speed up the process. So I smiled sweetly and produced my passport. After […]

Wildlife Crime

October 30, 2013

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I recently listened to an interview on the radio by two conservation activists talking about the state of wildlife trafficking globally. It made depressing listening. High on the agenda was the issue of ivory and the butchery that’s involved in removing tusks from elephants. One of the interviewees said to the presenter, “imagine having your […]

Great Apes Summit

September 22, 2013

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Delegates from around the world are gathering for a four-day conservation summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Great Apes are listed as either endangered or critically endangered and their habitats are disappearing. This event is being held in collaboration with the Wildlife Film Festival 2013, to try to find solutions to mitigate against the impacts […]

The United Nations

September 9, 2013

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“Errrrm so what would be your dream job?” This wasn’t a question from the careers officer at school. No this was a question that was thrown at me three years ago when I announced I was going back to uni to study primates. It came from friends; colleagues; family and complete strangers. “It’s a bit […]

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 […]

Kampala – Day 46

April 18, 2012

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In the last few days I’ve had a number of concerned emails from friends and relatives asking if I’m ok. The reason, I haven’t been blogging. Sadly being able to publish in my sweet spot has been hampered by bad weather (it is rainy season) which affects the internet signal and to make matters worse […]

UN pledges better law enforcement but gorillas still being slaughtered

April 24, 2011

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Less than a month after the United Nations pledged to enforce stricter laws to protect gorillas, these endangered primates are still being butchered by illegal traffickers. Two hunters  arrested in the Ngombe forest in the Republic of Congo were jailed last week; sentenced to a year and order to pay fines of more than £1500. Their […]

Beaten into submission

April 11, 2011

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It’s an image that would stir emotion in even the most hardened of hearts. What on earth would possess someone to do this to another living organism? This photograph was printed in yesterday’s UK newspaper News of the World, and is a clear example of man’s capacity to harm in the most primitive way. I […]