Category conservation

TRAVEL: Slip off the grid in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear is one of the last remaining tracts of temperate rainforest on the planet – it sprawls along the remote west coast of British Columbia, Canada, almost twice the size of Belgium. And though logging is permitted in some spots, there’s still plenty of virgin old growth forest around Smith Inlet, where you’ll find […]

TRAVEL: Polar Bears & Beluga Whales Of Churchill, Canada

Churchill is no resort town, but it certainly puts on a show for summer. When I visit in July, the tundra’s carpeted in psychedelic shrubs, the estuary looks like it’s boiling with beluga whales, and the polar bears are still chubby from winter feasting. It’s the, er, polar opposite of what you can expect from […]

IN PICTURES: IGUANAS, GIANT TORTOISES & MORE REPTILES OF THE GALAPAGOS

You’re already familiar with Lonesome George and frisky Diego, and it turns out the creatures of the Galapagos Islands are pretty familiar with people, too – in fact, they barely flinch when you slowly creep up to them with an extended lens. I clicked hundreds of reptile pics during my recent cruise with Aurora Expeditions […]

TRAVEL: HEAD TO TIGER REHAB IN SIKHOTE-ALIN NATIONAL PARK, FAR EAST RUSSIA

This is Zhorik – he lives just outside the village of Kutuzovka, in Far East Russia, and I went to visit him there recently. He’s a special bloke. As a cub, he was snatched from the wild and sold to a circus. One evening, as he was having dinner, a sharp bone pierced through his […]

INTERVIEW: Cheetah expert Dr Laurie Marker’s big wins for big cats

  If you’ve ever had the privilege of seeing a wild cheetah, you’ll understand Dr Laurie Marker’s lifelong obsession – there’s plenty to love about these intriguing (and mega photogenic) felines. They have a tough time coexisting with bigger predators like lions, hyenas and leopards – yet they can hit speeds of 120km/h and purr like domestic […]

TRAVEL: Elephant encounters & wilderness walks in Tarangire

From the Serengeti to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania lays out plenty of click-bait for the wildlife photog… but nothing fills a memory card like a trip to Tarangire National Park, in the country’s north. The reserve is famous for its asparagus-coloured wetlands, bright red earth and abundant wildlife, including plenty of friendly eles. It’s no hassle to […]

INTERVIEW: Wild African rhinos in the Australian bush? Ray Dearlove’s making it happen

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Ray Dearlove doesn’t just see an opportunity to save the rhino from certain extinction – he’s created one with The Australian Rhino Project. This ambitious plan will establish a breeding herd of white rhinos Down […]

TRAVEL: Explore the Serengeti’s most remote corner

    Anyone who’s seen footage of the annual Great Wildebeest Migration has at least “penciled in” a Serengeti adventure. And no wonder – between July and October around 1.2 million wildebeests, 750,000 zebras and hundreds of thousands of other plains creatures pass through the area, hungry big cats hot on their hooves, before heading […]

INTERVIEW: Emmy winner & Nat Geo Explorer Dereck Joubert on lions and rhinos

Oh, serendipity… I was recently staying at the Mara Plains Camp in the Masai Mara, Kenya, at the exact same time as two of my all-time heroes – Dereck and Beverly Joubert. They’re conservation experts, Emmy-winning wildlife doco makers, TED talkers, National Geographic Explorers in Residence, and partners with Great Plains Conservation (as well as […]

TRAVEL: Get up in a gorilla’s grill, Rwanda

The first time I got close to a wild silverback, he turned his back and let his digestive tract do the talking with a resounding “parp”. It was not the “Dian Fossey meets Digit” love encounter I’d hoped for on my visit to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park – but I was lucky it even happened. […]