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PODCAST: Andre Bauma & the mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park

In this episode of the Wild Lives by Faunographic podcast we chat to Andre Bauma, a legendary ranger, guide and wildlife rescuer who has devoted his life to caring for the mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park, in the Congo.

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 […]

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. […]

NEWS: Rhinos evacuated from South Africa’s biggest game park

If you’re in South Africa and happen to see a rhino dangling from a helicopter, pump your fist: it’s being flown to safety in a new government bid to outsmart poachers. Last year in Kruger National Park 606 rhinos were killed by poachers – a huge hit considering only 8400-9600 white rhinos live in the […]

TRAVEL: One ele of an orphanage in Nairobi

Reading Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s autobiography, I’m so mesmerised by the way she makes friends with wild elephants and outsmarts poachers that I decide I’ll track her down if ever I find myself in Nairobi. And then I find myself in Nairobi. And then I (sort of) track her down. Allow me to explain… In her […]

TRAVEL: Hiking with cheetahs in Namibia

  “Don’t. Run,” Jonas whispers. Seeing me twitch, Nicholas adds: “Only dinner runs, hahaha!”
 It’s not the first time I’ve heard the “running dinner” thing since
 arriving in Namibia, but it’s the first time it’s likely – I’m pants-peeingly terrified. Less than 15m away, 4 cheetahs have stopped hunting to eye us off. I glance […]

NEWS: Win for Africa’s most important wetland

Unesco has finally declared Botswana’s Okavango Delta a World Heritage Site, protecting Africa’s biggest wetland system for future generations. Applause please, because: The area is an epic wilderness that spans 16,000 km². That’s nearly 7 times the size of the Australian Capital Territory. Big? Yep. Stunning, too. It’s a Faunographer’s happy place – 128 species of mammal […]