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Why Elephants Matter

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One of the most enjoyable things I get to do as a zoologist is talk to kids about elephants.  Kids give you instant feedback.  There are no inhibitions, just a whole lot of questions, and when it comes to elephants, frankly, kids just get it.  You don't have to convince children to appreciate and want to conserve animals.  

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2015-10-15 11:23:32
 

Big News in the Elephant World

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In the world of elephants, it's not often that you see conservationists celebrating.  President Xi Jinping of China's announcement on Friday last week that China will join the USA in enacting near total bans on domestic ivory trade is... I think... worth cracking the bubbly over.  We don't entirely know the detail yet, and there is no timeline, other than what was in the White House's statement, which includes agreement between China and the USA to work together in "joint training, technical exchanges, information sharing and public education".  But this could be a winning combination.

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2015-09-30 09:41:09
 

Namibia: the land God created in anger

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It had been a few years since I'd been back to Namibia, the desert land where I studied black-faced impalas for my PhD, later planning a reintroduction for the subspecies to their historic range in the far north west.  

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2015-09-17 09:38:58
 

Singapore & Melbourne Events

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f you love elephants and would like to know more about their plight and what you can do to help conserve them in the wild, please come and join me at one of the following events in early October in Singapore and Melbourne.  Bookings are not required.

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2015-09-14 12:50:00
 

Upcoming Events - Melbourne & Singapore

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Friends in Melbourne and Singapore, I'm coming your way to talk elephants in early October so if you're around please come along to see some beautiful elephant images an update from me on all things elephantine!  More details of the events are coming soon, but for now put these dates in your diary!  All of my books will be available at these events.

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2015-08-27 10:50:01
 

Out of Africa - Kenya's Maasai Mara

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There is a reason why Kenya's Maasai Mara is so famous.  Not only is this World Heritage Site Kenya's most visited reserve, famous for its high density of herbivores and predators, it also protects one of the planet's last great migrations of mammals, including about 2 million wildebeests, and a thousands of gazelles and zebras, which visit between July and October.

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2015-08-03 09:21:00
 

Last minute discount on Namibian safari in September

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Are you male?  Are you a lone traveller?  Do you know someone who is and wants to go to Namibia?  Well this is your lucky day!  This is a last minute offer for a single male to join my Namibian safari THIS September (1st-8th), sharing with another single male.  Yes that's just a few months away!

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2015-07-08 12:05:01
 

Who's Coming to the Skeleton Coast with Me?

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Last year, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp won Tatler's "Most Out Of This World" award.  I reckon it would have been a tough choice for this between Hoanib Camp and Serra Cafema, two of the most remote and wild-feeling places you're ever likely to visit, both of them run by Wilderness Safaris.  

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2015-06-24 14:28:00
 

Elephant Round Up

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We've seen some promising signs from China in the last week in relation to the ivory trade driving elephant poaching in Africa, with the Chinese government conducting their third ivory destruction in the last eighteen months and committing to phase out its legal, domestic ivory industry.  No time line has yet been given, but it is encouraging to see the Chinese taking stronger measures and the steps have been lauded by conservation organisations.

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2015-06-03 09:38:02
 

Africa in the Green Season - Two Special Deals!

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One of the most common questions I get asked about Africa is "When is the best time to go?"  The answer to this isn't as simple as you might think, and anyone who's experienced the complexity of Africa's seasons will tell you exactly that.

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2015-05-28 11:54:51
 

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