Wildlife for all Ages: An Interview with 12-year-old Runner Up Alex Brickle

Alex Brickle’s refreshing, honest play-by-play of a wildlife-moment-that-wasn’t (‘The one that got away‘) awarded him Second Runner Up place by the judges of Wildlife Blogger of the Year – at only age 12. When we launched the competition, we didn’t expect an entry from someone Alex’s age. But with stories from authors aged 12 to 74 around the globe, we enjoyed experiencing wildlife through so many different perspectives. We’re also beyond thrilled to hear that, as Alex puts it, “This competition has pushed me to become a better writer and I couldn’t be happier with the result.” We were curious …

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Inside wildlife storytelling: An interview with Wildlife Blogger of the Year winner Gianluca Cerullo

On 31 December 2018, Gianluca Cerullo’s story The rare jungle cat that thrives in degraded rainforests, featuring a bag of his own poo-for-research, won the 2018 Wildlife Blogger of the Year competition based on judges’ votes. Just before he jets off for his next project in Colombia, we caught up with Gianluca to ask about his uncensored accounts of field research, why rainforests are more resilient than we think and what he hopes this story will achieve. What prompted you to include such an honest account of the realities of fieldwork using one’s own poo? When I first told my …

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Liverpool’s Hidden Nightlife | by Robert Wreglesworth

When I worked as an ecological consultant, a lot of my work revolved around one group of species, the bats. Partly due to its legal protection, but also due to the way it has adapted to live alongside humans. In many cases even taking to using our residences as their homes, often without the homeowners awareness. I love this about bats; they quietly go about their business slipping off into the night and returning before we leave our beds to go to work. Even in the most urban settings it is actually more common than not to hear one on …

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Cuddle Me ~ Kill Me, a story of the lion farming industry in South Africa | by Debbie Groom

I was tossing two or three projects around in my mind, but couldn’t decide which to visit first, then one day ‘Cuddle Me ~ Kill Me’ the book by Richard Peirce happened to pop up on my Facebook page, a signed copy, I ordered it. The book starts by telling the story of Oliver and Obi, unwittingly raised by volunteers believing they are doing a good thing, hand raising ‘orphan cubs’. The story unfolds, the two cubs, along with many others, including black leopards and tigers, first come into the ‘cub cuddling’ arena of tourism, handled by tourists looking to …

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The truth behind my lion selfie | by Jess Murray

As I apprehensively shuffled into the cage, my gut clenched and my heart stopped…I immediately knew that I was in a bad place, and I desperately wanted to run straight back out. But something stronger told me to carry on, and that by enduring the next hour in this awful place I could find hope to make a positive change to the hell that I currently found myself encased in. After an hour of experiencing the heartbreaking pain of filming undercover, I spent the next hour crying at what I had seen, both angry and upset. And that’s when I …

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The Omen of Ostional – by Patrick Lally

On the morning of April 9th 2018, I found myself nearly three months into my Central American backpacking trip, I awoke to my last day on the ‘Rich Coast’, in the modest village of Nosara. A year prior and I would be found in urban London, on my way home from work, riding the wonders of the northern line. Not however, without the company of Paulo Coelho’s novel ‘The Alchemist’ to hand, a book about a young man who seeks wisdom and knowledge through adventure and omens. After gaining a degree in Anthropology, my passion for travel and culture was …

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Hanging with the Herd; one dream day but what’s the lasting legacy? | by Jess Wise

The Elephant Gathering in Sri Lanka had been top of my ‘must see’ list for so long. We had just passed the halfway point of our trip around Sri Lanka and the big day was just around the corner! Part of the reason we’d planned our month-long visit in September was for this amazing event… I’d read about it, obsessed over photographs and videos and now the day had finally arrived, I could barely believe I was about to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles in person. A little bit of context… As a conservationist I’ve been lucky enough to …

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A touch of miracle | by Alice

It was a moonless African night with countless number of stars – there are much more of them in the South hemisphere than in the North. No human habitation in tens of miles away: just several tents around a little campfire. Rangers are quietly talking to each other in one of 11 local languages. One hour more – and they will put the fire out and leave me alone with this night. “Just don’t forget to turn on your torch before going to the toilet: if you see someone’s eyes – better wait a bit.” – Shaba, a massive guy …

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Dolphins at Dusk | by Emily Cooper

As we drove along a narrow, winding road which ran parallel to the ocean, I felt myself beginning to doze off. The sky, reflected in the mirror-like surface of the ocean, was a beautiful shade of blue, unblemished by even a single cloud. Just as my eyelids began to fall shut, something in my peripheral vision caught my eye. As I turned to pinpoint the source of the movement, I found myself stunned into silence. My brain couldn’t quite process what I was seeing; I briefly wondered if I had fallen asleep and was blissfully dreaming. Unable to form a …

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Breathe, squeal, repeat | by Rose Boardman

One thing that I don’t often look forward to is hearing my alarm go off in the morning, but when that alarm is waking you up for a shark dive, it truly is the sweetest sound… Back in 2016, I undertook a placement year in the Bahamas at the Bimini Sharklab so interacting with sharks was a pretty standard day at the office! There is nothing more exhilarating than getting to share the water with these fascinating creatures and as we headed out to find them, there was an extra element of excitement in the air. On this particular day, …

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