Tag Archives: wildlife

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]