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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The People and the Pangolin | by Ben Chapple

The Kruger National Park, in South Africa, is one of my favourite places on Earth. Its landscapes are vast, its wildlife is abundant and varied, and it is one of the few great African reserves which can be explored both independently and cheaply. But mostly, I love this wild expanse because, very occasionally, it throws up something so unexpected it nearly knocks you over backwards. It was mid-February 2016, and I had already been in the park for a month. I had spent the previous evening with an enchanting pack of endangered African wild dogs, and I set out from …

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Urban Wildlife: A City After Dark | by Aimee Renwick

London. A sprawling metropolitan city that over 8 million people call home. But, did you know that it is also home to an interesting array of wildlife? Aside from the numerous pigeons and the black mice that inhabit the underground tube system (Don’t believe me? Look at the tracks next time you’re waiting for a tube, I guarantee you’ll see one), London has a plethora of wildlife. In the 2 years that I’ve lived here I’ve seen: deer; herons; woodpeckers; tree-creepers; startling amounts of parakeets; and so many more – all without going travelling beyond the tube system. Cities can …

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When in a (rain)forest… | by Diana Banik

“Oh, come on! Let’s get going now.” I could hear SM’s voice above the patter of raindrops still falling on the thatched roof and the buzz of insects fluttering near my ear. I finished securing my leech socks and tying my shoe laces tight. Gripping my flashlight, I ran out to where my friends waited for me. Together, we stared at the black of the forest that stood like a wall in front of us, sighed, and walked into it. We were on our way to explore the rainforest of Agumbe (in the Western Ghats of India) at night. A …

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Once upon Round Island | by Aurelie Hector

‘The wild child’. This is how aunties and uncles used to refer to me as a kid. For them it was a little expression that described my hyperactive personality, my head for adventures and my unending curiosity for nature. Well, for me it was more than that. It has provided the definition of my true identity that has led to my passion and love for wildlife up to this present day. Later on it came as no surprise to anyone when I decided to become a conservation biologist to devote my time and effort to the protection of mother nature. …

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Picture the Nature | by Azman Salleh

Being a hobbyist wildlife photographer demands me to visit quieter places where there is less human presence. Obviously this doesn’t sound fun (we all need to socialize with fellow human beings after all), but the boredom balances out once I get to see the nature and observe the antics of the wildlife. The whole experience in trying to capture images of wildlife is an entertainment in itself. Walking around with a camera, listening to the sound of the jungle, and hurrying for shelter when the rain starts to fall are all good fun and workout. And the reward is beautiful …

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