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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Monday, 28 December 2015

Driver Ants

In the forests of Africa a tiny but deadly creature lives in the millions. Driver ants or safari ants. They are constantly on the move devouring anything that gets in their way. This colony took over 24 hours to pass through camp. The little white things are baby ants being carried. Look at the huge soldiers compared to the workers. The jaws can draw blood if they bite you!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Forest Elephants in Gabon

Another Gabon film, here a family of wild forest elephant in Loango national Park, Gabon, eat mango and just be elephants. Mother, calf and infant. Savannah or bush (Loxodonta africana) and forest Loxodonta cyclotis) have recently been split into two species. The forest species is heavily poached due to the superior ivory and lack of protection within the dense forests it makes home across the Congo basin.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Western Lowland Gorilla

Here is the second film of my work in Gabon with gorillas. This one focus' entirely on the gorilla group with some very nice shots of Kamaya the silverback.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Star Wars Animals

Star-wars is coming and as a fan I am very excited. I have my tickets ready. When in the congo one of the young bonobo, Evea, reminded me of an Ewok. I thought I would photoshop her to look like an Ewok ahead of the films release. Once done I wondered what other animals I could splice into starwars. Below are some of my images of animals I have worked with cut into famous starwars characters.

Evea the Ewok (bonobo)

Degoba tortoise (Aldabra tortoise)

Jabba the hippo (hippopotamus) 

Shearwater Fett (Wedge tailed shearwater)

Telfair Skywalker (telfair skink)

White tailed Tauntaun bird (red tailed tropic bird)

Western lowland Wookie (western lowland gorilla)

Princess Leo (lioness)

Monday, 14 December 2015

Loango National Park

I have recently returned from Gabon where I was a gorilla habituator for Max Planck. It was a similar role to in Congo but with a different ape species. The gorilla are awesome creatures. the forest in Loango, where I was based, is full of life. Myriad bird species, hippo, monkeys, gorilla and chimps, leopard and elephant to name a few. Below is an overview of Loango National Park where I was based. I have more videos in the works which will appear here soon.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Round Island Video

Following on from my last post here is a short video I put together to showcase Round Island. 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Round Island

I haven't updated here for a while but I have been very busy running an island. I have, as my last post states, been the Round Island warden in Mauritius for the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation but am now back in the Uk for a few weeks before going off to Gabon to work with gorillas. I hope to post on here about Round Island. For now some background.

Round Island is a small reserve 22km from the Mauritian mainland. It is one of the few islands in the world where rats have never made it to but unfortunately rabbits and goats did as a food source for shipwrecked sailors. They almost decimated the local flora and with it the fauna too. Round Island was the last place on earth where the telfairs skink, durrells night gecko, gunthers gecko,  and round island keel scaled boa and round island boa burrowing boa where found. Telfair, gunthers and the boa have been translocated in recent years to other islands but unfortunately  the burrowing boa has not been seen since 1975. The keel scaled boa is in the top 5 rarest snakes in the world and I would often find them in my bed! In the 1980s one of my favourite conservationists and authors, Gerald Durrell helped eradicate the rabbits and goats and now the island is thriving. As well as the reptile the island is also the only place where the Round Island petrel breeds. With just 350 pairs this is an important island. Red tail and white tail tropic birds as well as wedge tailed shearwater nest here too. The seas are bountiful too full of sharks, turtles, whales dolphins and fish.

I was in charge of the day to day running of this island form reptile surveys to taking petrel blood samples, tagging snakes and fixing the field station and saw some amazing wildlife and met some great people. Expect some more photos and videos soon.

Gunthers gecko

Me and a boa

Telfairs loved our scrap food

Aldabra tortoise and me