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Northern NSW - Africa Night Friday 20th Feb

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Friends in Bangalow, Byron Bay and northern NSW - the lovely Friends of the Libraries Association of Byron Bay have organised a fantastic venue to host a night of Africa on Friday 20th February at the wonderful historic Bangalow Heritage House in the Byron Bay hinterland.  Come along to see the Let Elephants Be Elephants documentary (watch trailer here) and hear me waffle on about African safaris and conservation.  Christian Palmer, who is a big supporter of LEBE and whose animal art I adore, will be there exhibiting his artworks and those who come have a chance to win one of his artworks. And to top it off - tickets are only $20 and includes not just drinks but also a curry dinner too!  What more could you ask for?  Come on, join us and brings your friends!  Book now - contact Mary on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Further details in the flyer below.

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2015-02-11 05:02:00
 

Inside Story on Zimbabwe's Rhinos

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It's not often that you hear good news from Zimbabwe, and even rarer that you hear good news in conservation.  So this blog might come as a surprise to some because for once it's not bad news!  If you came along to the fundraiser I did with the SAVE Foundation in Sydney in August last year, linked to the launch of my latest book "Planet Elephant", you helped raise funds for the intensive anti-poaching efforts being led by specialists Bryce and Lara Clemence of Aggressive Tracking Specialists (ATS) in the Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe.  

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2015-02-06 00:39:53
 

Rosemary & Steve Martin

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Steve with guide RuebenWe had an absolutely brilliant time! Rates on par with the Galápagos Islands for me.  All went according to plan and even at Xigera, where birds are the focus, Julian and Maria were happily entertained by the colours and variety. The whole trip was just perfect in terms of variety, and everywhere we went the guides were great.

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2015-02-01 02:45:56
 

Alice Bertram

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Alice and elephants

On the trip we saw over 100 elephants, 13 lions, 3 leopards, 12 wild dogs, baby hyenas (pretty much baby everything) a cheetah and a truck load more! I became great friends with everyone on the trip and we plan to stay in touch. I also became great friends with the staff at all three camps and I even got to make my own traditional bracelet and was crowned queen of the Okavango delta. We got to go on the mokoros, a traditional boat pushed by a pole, where we saw 3 sitatunga (a really hard to find aquatic antelope). We also saw 6 lions in a place that hadn't seen lions in 3 years! Going on the safari trucks every morning was so exciting because you would never know what that day might bring, but each day was spectacular in its own way.

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2015-02-01 02:13:41
 

Africa night in Perth, WA coming up - 13 Feb

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WA friends, I'm very excited to announce I'll be joining fellow African wildlife lovers in Perth for the dedicated folks at the Painted Dog Conservation group on Friday 13th February at the Perth Zoo Lecture Theatre.  Tickets are $40/person and includes food and beverage.  Bookings are essential through Angela at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   I'll be talking about the elephant situation, the illegal ivory trade and the Let Elephants Be Elephants project, and showing the documentary of the same name.  There will be a healthy dose of Africa-itis in the room!

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2015-01-29 00:38:02
 

Only 4 spots left for Kenya in July!

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This is THE year to go to Kenya, with prices being so much lower than usual due to the masses being scared off due to ebola in west Africa (a long, long way from Kenya - you're closer to the ebola countries in London than you are in Nairobi, just to put it in perspective).  I only have 3-4 spots left on this amazing journey that makes a difference in the world famous Maasai Mara during the time of the Great Wildebeest Migration, led personally by me.  Not to mention a private viewing at Daphne Sheldick's elephant and rhino orphanage in Nairobi on the first day - utterly unforgettable!

If you're ever going to do it, this is a great way to go, travelling with a  small group of 10, plus you've got me there for everything you every wanted to know from a zoologist's perspective, making friends for life with like-minded folks.  Ask anyone who went on my last safari in Botswana - there's a special kind of magic on a Matson & Ridley Safari because of the kind of people who join me.... Grab your spot now!

For full details on my Kenyan safari click here and contact me for an itinerary.  I'm finalising numbers now so don't wait!

 

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2015-01-23 01:20:20
 

Calling all Africaphiles in SE Queensland!

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Being based in my old haunt, South East Queensland, for the next month or so, it seems too good an opportunity to miss to get together with fellow Africa-lovers in this part of the world.  Annie from Annie's Books on Perigian, a huge Africaphile herself, is hosting a night of Africa with yours truly on Wednesday 21st January at the Perigian Beach Community House at the Sunshine Coast (near Noosa).

I'll be showing the Let Elephants Be Elephants documentary, which aired across Asia on National Geographic channel last year, but hasn't yet been shown in Australia, and of course, talking about Africa, elephants and all things safari-esque!   Only $15/person and includes wine and cheese - what a deal!

For further details check out Annie's Books on Perigian website by clicking here.

WEDNESDAY 21st JANUARY 6.00pm
PEREGIAN BEACH COMMUNITY HOUSE, SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
$15 per person (includes wine & cheese_ Bookings 5448 2053 or email Annie at  anniesbooks@bigpond.com


Look forward to seeing you there SEQ!

If you have a strong community of Africaphiles around you who've all got 'the Africa bug' real bad and you'd like me to join you for an evening where you live, drop me a line through my website.

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2015-01-13 00:15:49
 

Join me in Kenya's famous Maasai Mara in July

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There's never been a better time to go to Kenya, as while tourist numbers are down you'll get better deals to travel there than ever before.  Kenya is EBOLA FREE (the ebola zone in west Africa is closer to London than it is to Nairobi) and the terrorist attacks that have been highlighted in the news, including the one at Westgate shopping centre last year, are nowhere near the safari areas.  Those in the know are making the most of the great deals while they last!

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2014-12-18 23:07:00
 

The Awesome Okavango

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There are few places in the world where you can watch wild animals at very close range without them being affected by your presence.  Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of these rare places and if you've never seen it, believe me, it's worth the visit.

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2014-12-12 01:22:01
 

Ebola's impact on elephants

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Don't worry, elephants don't get ebola.  Well not as far as I'm aware!  But that doesn't mean they won't be severely affected by the disease in other ways.  Indeed, elephant populations will very likely be impacted indirectly and I think we should be very concerned about what's happening at the moment.

Next week, conservationists from all around the world will gather in Sydney for the World Parks Congress, including my very own co-founder of Let Elephants Be Elephants, Nadya Hutagalung, who will be speaking at the world leaders dialogues with the head of CITES, Director General of WWF, Ministers of Environment of Australia and South Africa, and several other esteemed influencers.  They'll be discussing the conservation of protected areas around the world.  Meanwhile, a crisis is unfolding in Africa and in this case it's something that the general public has a big role to play in solving.

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2014-11-06 22:37:49
 

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