JAWS: The Friendly Adaptation – by Rachel Louise Gunn

Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands, Summer 2017. Myself and the research team at the Department of Environment are heading out for another day of data collection for my master’s thesis. Another day of transect surveys estimating invasive lionfish densities. Another day at sea, in awe of life beneath the waves. Today however, we are expecting company: Caribbean reef sharks. Perhaps not the most ‘exciting’ shark species to many, but this will be only the second shark species I have ever seen firsthand. So off we go. Before we continue with the story, a bit of background is needed. In the …

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Meet Our Bloggers

Meet the bloggers of Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018. You can read their full profiles, discover their blogs or follow them on social media. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite story! Abraham Chege Njenga Abraham’s orientation to the field of conservation was through his father who is a retired safari guide and naturalist. As a ranger and ecologist in the largest Black Rhino sanctuary in East Africa, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Abraham walks the talk when it comes to conservation of our unique wildlife heritage. His blog was nominated for various awards in 2018 including the BAKE Awards for best …

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The Battle of Antarctica – by Jeremy Duggan

It was getting cold. We were onboard an old science vessel, deep in the tranquil waters of Antarctica while travelling to the last continent to learn about the environment, the ecosystem and everything in between. Suddenly, we were awoken by the loudspeaker on our boat, still in a haze because the sun had only just come up and the coffee has not brewed yet, but nonetheless, our minds started to process the rude interruption. Of course, we thought “Did they really just say that”? “Good morning everyone, it is time to rise ‘n shine and get yourself onto to the …

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The Painted Wolf and Me – by Tolga Aktas

I remember it just like it was yesterday. I volunteered with my first Canid species back in May 2016 at a wolf sanctuary in Reading, United Kingdom for a month, after making a career change from Electrical Engineering to Animal Care and Management at college. I had such a great time, and this led me to wonder what other species of animals are contained within this family group. Two years later I found out and had the opportunity to save up and go to South Africa to work with African wild dogs (Painted Wolves) with an organisation called Wildlife ACT …

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Rescuing ‘Bahati’ the elephant calf – by Abraham Chege Njenga

It was Monday 6th March 2017 in Tsavo East National Park. I was in the company of students from the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya who were undertaking various diploma courses in the field of conservation, ranging from wildlife and tourism to tour guiding. I was enthusiastic to not only inspire but equip the trainees with knowledge, skills and attitudes to identify flora and fauna.  We had left Voi Safari Lodge for our afternoon game drive when we noticed something peculiar at a water point. As we came closer, I saw that it was an elephant calf trying to find its way out from the muddy water. For hours we watched as elephants came to drink. …

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Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 – How to enter

We’re calling on writers and bloggers from around the world to put their favourite wildlife moment into the spotlight. We believe in the power of storytelling for positive change and are looking for stories that raise awareness about our planet’s incredible wildlife and help explore people’s connection with nature through travel. The Wildlife Blogger of the Year competition is sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK and organised by Terra Incognita. As a social enterprise Terra Incognita believes that ethical ecotourism, combined with the power of blogging, can be a real force for good in the world. The competition will open for entries on 8 October …

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Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 – Meet our Judges

An amazing panel of writers and bloggers will judge Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018. Here are their full profiles. Dr Mark Avery Mark has been called Britain’s premier wildlife blogger. He worked for the RSPB for 25 years – and spent 13 years as their Conservation Director. Mark’s knowledge about nature conservation in the UK is without par, and he cares deeply about the sustainability of wildlife in the modern world. markavery.info James Lowen James Lowen has been immersed in all aspects of natural history since he was able to walk, encouraging him to moult into a fully fledged wildlife writer, editor, …

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Wildlife Blogger of the Year – The Search Begins!

The Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 competition has opened for entries. We’re calling on bloggers from around the world to put their favourite wildlife moment into the spotlight, in 800 words or fewer. Sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK and organised by Terra Incognita, the competition aims to celebrate storytelling for positive change, and has an impressive list of prizes and star judges. “We’re seeking stories that raise awareness about our planet’s incredible wildlife and explore people’s connection with nature through travel”, said Dr Nick Askew, co-founder of Terra Incognita. As a social enterprise Terra Incognita believes that ethical ecotourism, combined …

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Supporting species reintroductions in Tobago with Corbin Local Wildlife

Visitor Melanie Furniss shares her experience volunteering with Corbin Local Wildlife Park in 2018. Adapted from an original post by Corbin Local Wildlife Park. Set in a lush forest with ponds full of water lilies, deep pink and bright blue flowers lead you from the classroom to the bird hide. Here you will discover a huge selection of local birds feasting and communing, especially at feeding time. Corbin Local Wildlife Park project in Tobago is a ‘breed and release’ programme, meaning that species like the nine-banded armadillo that are either Endangered or already extinct on the island have a chance …

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At an event on Christmas Island, Australia, Indian Ocean Experiences were delighted to be presented with a Terra Incognita Ethical Bird Tours Certificate.

Indian Ocean Experiences presented with Terra Incognita Certificate

At an event held on Australia’s remote Christmas Island, Indian Ocean Experiences were delighted to be awarded with a Terra Incognita Ethical Bird Tours Certificate. The certificate was presented to Lisa Preston (Indian Ocean Experiences) by Karenn Singer (Christmas Island Tourism) at the opening of the exciting annual Bird’n’Nature Week. Lisa was delighted with the recognition for their tours, which showcase the endemic birds of Christmas Island.  Bird’n’Nature Week is the highlight in the year with citizen scientists joining scientists to gather information, learn about the birds and other species which create the  unique ecosystem and to have some fun.  It is an immersive and interactive week of activity. …

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