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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 […]

EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS: Tracking the Amur tiger in Far East Russia

The Amur tiger is living large in Durminskoye Reserve, thanks to custodian Alexander Batalov and his team of five foresters. They patrol this 20,000-hectare slice of the Ussuri Taiga, outsmarting poachers, making sure the tigers’ prey don’t starve in the brutal -40˙C Siberian winters, and spending hours in the forest, on foot and on snowmobiles, setting up […]

IN PICTURES: Boobies, Frigates & More Iconic Birds of The Galapagos

Galapagos finches are legendary – after all, they form the backbone of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. And they’re in fine company – according to the Galapagos Conservancy, the islands are home to 56 species of native bird, and 45 of those are endemic (ie, found nowhere else on the planet). Then there are the migrants […]

INTERVIEW: Nat Geo photographer Beverly Joubert on taking the perfect wildlife portrait

Ever wondered how a pro shoots winner after winner… while you fire off 40 shots just to get one keeper? Snap! Here, iconic photographer, Nat Geo Explorer, Emmy-award winning doco maker and TED talker Beverly Joubert reveals her recipe for the perfect wildlife photo. Fauno: What’s the difference between a good wildlife photo and an incredible one? […]

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 […]

TRAVEL: Eye a tiger in Central India

Good naturalists can identify individual tigers just by looking at their head markings. Me? Even when this wild Bengal guy was less than two metres away I couldn’t see the word “cat”, clear as day, between his ears. I was in too much of a fear-tizz, convinced he was about to leap into the open-top […]