February 12, 2019

 Sunrise over the ger camp in the Jargalant range

Autumn in western and central Mongolia is a bright palette of yellows, browns, oranges and cream, set in vast horizons and endless mountain ranges. Red deer begin their rut and as they exhale in the chilly mornings, they...

July 19, 2018

In all my travels across Africa, I have never encountered elephants with tusks as long and as heavy as those in southern Kenya. In many parts of Africa, large-tusked elephants have all but vanished, eliminated by the reversal of natural selection through human activity...

May 27, 2018

I consider myself to be among the lucky ones; I visited Socotra while it still was a near pristine paradise. 

It is the stuff fairy tales and vivid imaginations are made of but instead of filling books and movies, they exist right here in a remote island in th...

May 17, 2018

A paper was recently published in Conservation Letters highlighting the effects of armed conflicts on local biodiversity in the Sahara-Sahel region. The authors, led by Dr. José Brito, studied the impacts of armed conflicts on wildlife based on the best available data...

May 16, 2018

Protecting a carnivorous species is never an easy task especially when the livelihood and culture of communities is at stake. The local population uniformly fears the leopard and until now, were not concerned for the welfare of the species. It is interesting to note th...

Motherhood is not easy, whatever species you might be. Successfully raising one or several young to adulthood, feeding, protecting and teaching them how to find food is a great feat. But being a mother from a solitary species like leopards, things can get exceptionally...

September 27, 2017

In most places around the world, wildlife is restricted to fenced or well-defined areas surrounded by human-dominated landscapes.  Conflicts tend to arise when local people encroach on these protected areas to obtain resources (wood, fruits, bushmeat) and graze their c...

July 14, 2017

Like a villain out of a sci-fi movie, Victoria lilies start out their lives as a wrinkled mass of thorns that takes months to iron out into the giant, majestic leaves, celebrated for supporting extraordinary weights.

I’m not usually one for plants but these lilies are c...

May 17, 2017

It is not easy to write about the Seychelles without using superlatives and yet, if there is any place that warrants the use of such flamboyant language, it is indeed this fantastically colourful island nation. When my mind goes back to these islands, I find that a pho...

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