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Archive for June, 2018

My blog has been down for over a year and I’m trying to catch up posting about some of my best travel experiences of the last  three years. The trip that I started blogging about in real time was my epic 250 km kayaking trip from Noumea to Yate in New Caledonia in 2015 but […]

My engagement with the beautiful island of Sri lanka goes back decades, and my ongoing connection has a lot to do with a special friend who I first met there in 1993 when I was conducting an investigation for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society into dolphin harpooning by fishermen in the south. I met […]

I first visited Sitio Kalakwasan, a Batak village in the forest in Barangay Tanabag within the city boundary of Puerto Princesa, in 2010 when I was producing a coffee-table book of photos for the then Mayor Ed Hagedorn; I will create a separate post about that. It was one of most unforgettable assignments of that […]

I have been visiting Sri Lanka for many years dating back to my first visit in 1983 after failing to get there in 1973 because the ferry service was suspended for bad weather. Sri Lanka is a marvellous mixture of cultural and natural spectacles. I was fortunate enough to get serendipitously involved with a wealthy […]

The Sabangau Forest is a lowland tropical peat-swamp forest in Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) near the city of Palangka Raya; it covers 6300 sq. km and is home to the world’s largest population of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) estimated at approximately 6,900 individuals, making it of critical importance to the protection of the species. The Borneo Nature […]

I grew up very near the zoo with the second most number of species in the UK at the time, and spent a lot of my childhood there because I was able to sneak in for free through the woods at the back, and when I was a teenager I worked in the zoo restaurant […]

As soon as the lori (train) trundles into the colourful lush garden of the LAHG Research Station just inside the Sabangau Forest you can sense the marriage between the forest and the world beyond as this is a camp dedicated to its preservation born from a logging camp that was engaged in its exploitation; from […]

It’s another deskbound rainy day here in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. As I mentioned in a recent post I would usually be going on the whale shark trips to Honda Bay at this time of year, but I have moved on from that way of doing it now to do it differently, and there are also […]