Allow me to paint a picture of the happiest night of my life. I was covered in sand, drenched in sweat, and burned from sand fly bites. Not to mention exhausted. It was 2 AM, and I was starting to feel grateful that my shift at the sea turtle hatchery was almost over. I was…

I haven’t been traveling long, only the last few years, but even so, I have seen more beauty in those years than I have ever seen in my entire life. I grew up in Los Angeles, California USA. When I saw “Los Angeles,” most people picture palm tree lined streets running alongside the pristine beach,…

Deep in the Colca Canyon of Peru- named the sixth largest canyon in the world, surrounded by nothing but breath-taking, luscious nature, saturated with vibrant colours, and the sounds of flourishing ecosystems- I, ever dramatic, lay in agony certain I was dying. These intestinal pains had been going on for over a month now, so…

“You’ve been reported as a terrorist!” Shrieked my Chinese research assistant. I’m a primate scientist, not a terrorist (more about that later!). I study the world’s rarest, smallest and often forgotten apes, the gibbons. I study three species in China, all with population sizes below 150 individuals! I am incredibly lucky to get the opportunity…