Tag Archives: travel

IN PICTURES: NATURE’S FIREWORKS AT THE MOUNT YASUR VOLCANO, TANNA ISLAND, VANUATU

As Vanuatu’s Mount Yasur volcano erupts, boulders explode like popcorn and the Earth roars. You realise that you are, in fact, nothing but some loose skin and splintery old bone – and this fire-breathing giant can turn you into ash in cartoon-style slo-mo. Actually, maybe that’s a crap way to describe it – I haven’t […]

INTERVIEW: BEHIND THE SCENES OF CANADA’S YUKON WILDLIFE PRESERVE WITH WILDLIFE EXPERT, LINDSAY CASKENETTE

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, is a must-visit for wildlife photographers and nature lovers who travel to Whitehorse.

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: SEA LIONS OF THE GALAPAGOS, ECUADOR

Galapagos sea lions have no fear of people. They tend to view us as playmates, beige wallpaper or, sometimes, a target for a good telling off. I recently joined Aurora Expeditions’ inaugural Galapagos Odyssey 9-day cruise and had countless opportunities to get close to these shouty dog-slugs of the sea. Here, a tiny selection of my […]

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. […]

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 […]

NEWS: Australia’s first cat café opens in Melbourne 

Fancy a few petite paws with your coffee? A new café on Melbourne’s Queen Street is home to 11 cats you can play with while you eat/drink/get your merry on. The cats vary in age and live permanently at the café after being rescued from a local shelter, upping the warm-and-fuzzy factor. Cat cafes have […]

TRAVEL: Caves, lakes & singing gibbons in Khao Sok, Thailand

If you fancy a lazy beach break with a side of jungle boogie, allow me to introduce you to Khao Sok, Thailand. The 646km2 national park lies smack-bang in the middle of the Surat Thani province in the country’s south, is an easy half-day drive from both Phuket and Krabi, and offers plenty of Faunographic […]

NEWS: Four-legged bodyguards to protect endangered Aussies

Seven Maremma dogs are being trained to protect Eastern Barred Bandicoots in a new Zoos Victoria program. Since kicking off in the late 1980s, Melbourne Zoo’s successful bandicoot breeding program has released 650 of the marsupials into fenced-off areas in Hamilton, Mount Rothwell and Woodlands Historic Park. Now, the goal is to remove the fences […]

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 […]