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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...

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ascension Island Green Mountain

So its been a while since I last posted here and with good reason. Very limited, expensive, slow internet. So I am living and working on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory dead centre of the atlantic ocean. Its about halfway between Gabon in Africa and Brazil in south America and just south of the equator. Its a small island with a population of around 800. My role here is the assistant warden for the 7 nature reserves and the national park. Green Mountain national park is an old volcano and unlike the rest of this island is a green and wet rainforest . The rest of the island is like a desert. The mountain was planted with vegetation, an idea by Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker of Kew in the 1800's. It was to increase rainfall to supply water to the military based here. Today it is a national park. Due to the internet restrictions I have only added two pictures from the mountain. I will upload more at some point and when I am on leave in the UK will try get a video up. 

White Horse and Weather Post from Green Mountain

North East Bay Nature reserve from Green Mountain

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cornwall Lane 360 Video!

So my last two posts have been 360 videos made from images. I go hooked and bought an LG360 camera (link). It's great and I gave it a quick test run last night down the local canal. Take a look around Bude in Cornwall and this little country lane by the coast. At the end, a flock of geese flew by. It's going to be great on Ascension. It's a bit graining but that's because it was getting dark. My clips from earlier in the day were crisp. 

Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

360 Video of the Congo Rainforest Flooding

In my last post, I showed you a 360 image I had converted into a video of Deadvlei (link). Now I have made one of the Congo. This one is a bit more interesting as it changes. Keep watching (its only 1 minute long) and you will see the forest flood as the rainy season arrives. I have also gone and bought myself this (link). It's a 360 camera by LG. I hope to use it to get some 360 videos over on Ascension which should be cool. Anyway, here is the congo clip.
Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)

Thursday, 14 July 2016

360 Video of Deadvlei, Namibia.

So now for something different. I have seen a few 360 immersive videos on youtube lately and wanted to make one. However I do not own a special 360 video camera so came up with an idea. Using an app called Photosynth on my iPod I take panoramic shots when I visit places. I wondered if one of these images could be made into a 360 video. Turns out it can. I won't go into huge detail but I made a video project in after effects that was 2000x1000. I added my image and a few effects such as a blazing sun, blowing sand and wind sounds. Then I exported it. Once exported I used the youtube tool for adding metadata which can be found on googles support here (link). Once the data is added a new 360 ready file is added and loaded to youtube as normal. Below is my first attempt. Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around. I may try more but would love one of these cameras (link) to make videos rather than stills.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Gabon by Boat, Jeep and Barge.

Here is something a bit different, a short video showing all the different modes of transport used in Gabon to get to camp. Barge, boat, and 4x4 through some beautiful scenery. Lagoons, rivers rainforest and savannahs. It's less than a minute so take a quick look. I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

DIY Gopro Dome Port: Sample Images.

As I am off to a tropical island to live and work I obviously wanted to take my GoPro. I also wanted to try something different. I saw some split images that show both below and above water shots. After looking around I saw they were created using a dome port. I took a look on amazon and saw this one (link) for about £50. A little steep. I looked on the listing and saw the actual dome was only £10 (link). With the help of my father who created a 3d printed backing, we assembled the unit and it worked well. I capture these images down the local river. It works great but the cold water caused it to fog up quickly. Hopefully, in the warm tropical waters off Ascension, it will be fine and I can get some turtle and shark shots.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Off to Ascension

Well, I haven't posted for a while but that's because I have a new job over on Ascension Island. Ascension is a British territory dead centre of the Atlantic, almost equal distance between Africa and South America, and it sits just below the equator. Constant warmth, green turtles nesting on the town beaches, clear, unpolluted waters, whale shark, land crabs and numerous seabirds. And I will be looking after them all as a conservation fieldworker and assistant warden. No idea how good internet is there but as it is not quite as isolated, despite being in the middle of nowhere, but I hope to update here often.




Sunday, 12 June 2016

Namibian Dinosaur

I have been messing around with a program called efexio and its pretty fun. It allows you to place 3D models into videos or images. I was impressed with how well it worked with some of my shots from Namibia. So here is what Namibia may have looked like with a large sauropod walking around 65 million years ago.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Animals of Gabon

Below is a video is about animals of the Gabon in the Congo basin rainforest. Filmed at Yatouga field site in Loango National Park in Gabon. Watch gorillas, monkeys, elephants, beautiful birds and a wide range of strange creatures.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Pangolin Statue 360 View

Here is another item from my collection. A varnished soapstone pangolin from Gabon. I bought this statue in a small Libreville market after some haggling. I had never seen a pangolin in the wild but they interest me. I really liked this sculpture and glad I bought it. A few months later, in Namibia, I was lucky enough to see a real life pangolin. Unfortunately in real life, the pangolin is the most trafficked animal worldwide. The scales are used in witchcraft and traditional medicine. It's a shame such a unique animal is poached for its scales.


Friday, 3 June 2016

Partial Cave Bear Jaw 360 View

Recently I was lucky enough to come into possession of a partial cave bear jaw. Below is a 360 image of the specimen. I hope to show you more of my collection from my travels in this way. Let me know what you think below. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Ozonjuitji M'Bari Waterhole, Etosha, Namibia

Across Etosha there are numerous waterholes, some man made, other natural. Ozonjuitji M'Bari is a manmade one which attracts large numbers of animals. They come from far and wide to drink in the hot, parched landscape. Elephant share water with zebra, springbok, wildebeest and ostrich.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Penhallam Manor Reconstruction

Penhallam Manor is now just a set of low outlines of walls within a Cornish woodland. Using Digital reconstruction we can now see hat the manor looked like back in the day. I made this short clip using Apple Motion 5 and google SketchUp. I created a scale building of the manor using photos of the information boards around the site. I added some detail and mixed it into a photo I took of the actual location. Below is what it would have looked like. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Spring is Here: A Video Montage

A few weeks ago I posted a few pictures of Spring arriving here in Cornwall. Over the weekend, I went out and took another series of photos and as promised made a video. The second shots were taken in the exact same position and the exact same angle. Most of the shots aligned perfectly in post-production thanks to using the overlay feature of magiclantern add-on for canon cameras while in the field. I slowly mixed the two images in motion5 software then combined the 20 odd clips into this montage of the arrival of spring. Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

This is not Ambergris

So my last post asked if I had found ambergris and I can tell you that unfortunately it was not. It was just a lump of animal fat that had washed up so I won't be making big money from it and flying off somewhere. Anyway I have a video of spring arriving as I promised I was working on a few weeks ago to upload so stay tuned.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Is This Ambergris?

Ok, I have a favour to ask anyone reading this. Today while walking on the beach fossil hunting I came across what I suspect is ambergris. I took it home and have done some research but still not sure. One method I tried was heating a pin and placing it on the substance. It gave a white cloud of sweet smoke and melted as a black tar. Does anyone reading know about ambergris or someone who does. You help would be most appreciated. Below are the images.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Elephant Investigates GoPro

Some of you may have seen my video of forest elephant in Gabon. I thought I would show you one of the clips used in its full length. The following clip is 1:30 long but only shows for about 4 seconds in the full clip. It is such a sweet moment with the youngest elephant suckling in the background while the elder infant comes up to the camera and peers into it. I filmed this by attaching my GoPro to a tent post and controlling it with a remote from the office tent. The full clip is below followed by the elephant video it features in.

The full clip followed below by the edited video of the forest elephants.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Namibia 2.5d Parallax

It has been a week since my last post and I have been busy applying for jobs and writing. I also made this video. It is a compilation of still images edited in such a way they seem alive. The effect is known as 2.5d or parallax. The photos are of my trip to Namibia and edited in the graphic editor GIMP. These were then turned into the clips you can see using apple motion 5 software.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Black and White Images

I recently downloaded the google NIK collection. It was released not long ago for free. It's very powerful and I have been playing around with it a bit. I liked how the black and white images came out so here are a few. 

Black Rhino
Plains Zebra
Lowland Gorilla

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Special Book Price for 72 Hours.

For all those of you who haven't yet picked up a copy of my book here's your chance. From today, Tuesday 24th April, A Zoologists Stumblings in Africa will be available on Kindle for just £0.99/$0.99! This offer is only valid for 72 hours until Thursday 28th April so be quick and grab a bargain.


I hope you enjoy the book.
Look below for a free preview.

(It starts in the middle for some reason so click back a few pages when you open to get the full preview.)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Spring is Springing

Spring is just starting to, well, spring. It was a nice sunny day here in Cornwall yesterday so I went out to the woods with my camera and took a few early spring shots. The bluebells are just rising and leaves are slowly beginning to return to the trees. Most of the trees are still skeletons so I have made a plan. I will return in a few weeks to get the exact same shots, but with spring in full bloom. I will make a short video of the arrival of spring so look out for that in a few weeks. For now, enjoy some woodland scenes.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Edge of the Desert Trailer

Here is the trailer for my latest book, Edge of the Desert. Available now on amazon as paperback or kindle. Don't worry, some wildlife themed post will be coming soon.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Edge of the Desert

My latest book, an African novel, is now available to buy.

Click below to preview Edge of the Desert.

Available to buy in UK:
from amazon in paperback or on kindle

from amazon in paperback or on kindle

Also available on all other amazon stores

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Magnified Ross's Turaco Feathers

In my last few post's I showed some of my magnified feathers. Below is the fifth one. It's a Ross's Turaco feather. The magnification is X400, X25 and X1.




Saturday, 16 April 2016

Magnified Teal Feathers

In my last few post's I showed some of my magnified feathers. Below is the fourth one. It's a teal feather. The magnification is X400, X25 and X1.




Friday, 15 April 2016

Magnified Flamingo Feathers

In my last two post's I showed some of my magnified feathers. Below is the third one. It's a flamingo feather. The magnification is X400, X25 and X1.



Thursday, 14 April 2016

Magnified Congo Peacock Feathers

In my last post I showed the first of my magnified feathers. Below is the second one. It's a congo peacock feather. The magnification is X400, X25 and X1.



Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Magnified Black Bee-eater Feathers

The other day I saw a photo of a peacock feather under the microscope and it looked stunning. It got me wondering what some of the feathers I have collected look like. So I got my X400 USB microscope out and some of the more colourful feathers in my collection and took some photos. Below is the first  one. It's a black bee-eater. the magnification is X400, X25 and X1.




Sunday, 10 April 2016

Golden-Bellied Mangabey: Animal Fact Series Part 5

The Golden-Bellied Mangabey:

The Golden Bellied-Mangabey is a rare endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo. I saw these primates in 2013 while habituating bonobos for the Max Planck Institute. Very little is known about this species. So let's get some basic facts down.

Common Name: Golden-Bellied Mangabey
Other names: N/A
Latin name: Cercocebus chrysogaster 
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Habitat: Rainforest
Status: Data deficient
Population: unknown

So from the above information, or lack of it, you can see very little is known about this species. It has never been studied in the wild, only in captivity, and that is limited. In the wild few people, aside from those who live in the forest, have ever seen it. Very few westerners have seen this species. Of these few I am the only person known to have taken photos and even captured video footage. 

They are endemic to DRC and much like the bonobo they are only found south of the Congo River. What is know is they live in groups of between 15-100 individuals. Other than this not much is known. I will tell you of my observations.

I was following my group of bonobo one day and they headed into a swamp. To leave they climbed up a steep bank. As I followed I lost the group but when I reached the top I was surprised to see a different primate. The golden-bellied mangabey. There were about 50 individuals. What was surprising was they showed no fear to either me or the bonobos. That was surprising in two ways. First bonobos hunt monkey and other monkeys flee from them. Here these were as one group. I guess bonobo don't hunt golden-bellied mangabey? The fact they were not afraid of me shows something else. They are naive. This means they have no fear of humans. In fact some came for a closer look. I guess they have never been hunted in Lui-Kotale?

I stayed with the group for around half an hour before the bonobos moved off. I wrote a more detailed account in my book (available on amazon, click here). I will leave you with the footage I captured.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Round Island Petrel: Animal Fact Series Part 4

The Round Island Petrel:

The Round Island petrel is a small seabird that only breeds in Mauritius. I worked with these snakes in 2015 while the warden of Round Island for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF).  So let's get some basic facts down.

Common Name: Round Island Petrel
Other names: Trinidae, Kermadec & Herald petrels
Latin name: Pterodroma arminjoniana
Location: Round Island, Mauritius
Habitat: Indian ocean and Rocky Islands
Status: Vulnerable
Population: 1100-1500

So this species is not a species but it is. It's a bit confusing. Some places classify it as a species but others don't. It is actually a complex hybrid of three species of petrel.Being a mix of Trinidae, Kermadec & Herald petrels. As it is a complex mix you get different forms of the species. Pale, dark and intermediate. I loved the pale ones who were a pale slaty blue. The dark phase was dark brown and intermediate a mix of the two with a white chest.

Being made of three species the birds from Round Island move to different parts of the world. Geolocators, which I attached while the warden, help show where. Depending on the make up they go to different places. Some up to Arabia, others south America or Australia. Blood is taken when tags are attached to build a DNA match to location.

The bird is called the Round Island petrel as it only breeds on Round Island. There isn't really a breeding season, chicks are found year round. There are however peaks where little fuzzball chicks litter the island.They have few predators. The main one being the Round island boa who will eat the chicks. 

The birds all have their own personalities. Strangely I found the pale form to be very relaxed when caught but the dark form were vicious. They would struggle and bite away. After a day catching the birds I would be covered in bites and scratches. Having no predators as adults the birds are pretty relaxed and you can pick them up from the ground. However the birds are learning and a lot fly away as wardens approach. I often had to sneak up on the birds to catch them.

Friday, 1 April 2016

African Forest Elephant: Animal Fact Series Part 3

The African Forest Elephant:

Until recently the African elephant was classed as a single species but now has been split in two. I have worked along both species. I worked alongside the forest ones in Congo but more so in Gabon. So let's get some basic facts down.

Common Name: African Forest Elephant
Other names: Pygmy Elephant
Latin name: Loxodonta cyclotis
Location: Congo Basin, Africa
Habitat: Rainforest
Status: Vulnerable
Population: less than 100,000

So as I said the African elephant has been split two. The bush and the forest elephant. The differences are many. Straighter, yellowish tusks, longer legs, less wrinkled skin and smaller ears are all characteristics of the forest elephant. They also have 5 toes on the fore and 4 toes on the rear feet. One more than the bush. They are also more aggressive.

I found this out the hard way in Gabon. In Congo, I never had any issues and only heard them. In Gabon, I was chased by them. The best advice on wildlife charges is don't run but I was working with local pygmies. They fly through the forest so for them its best to run. Howvwer for westernedrs the forest is hard to run in so its not the best option except the elephant has had its fight reaction triggered so you run too. Let me tell you now it is one of the most terrifying things you can ever experience. 2.5 tonnes of angry elephant wanting to squash you. If you hear them trumpet you are a bit better off as its probably a mock charge. It's the silent one that are the worst. Surprisingly the elephants are like ghosts, they can appear out of nowhere. These were the most dangerous. One time I tripped and was saved by a gorilla. As I tripped the silverback we were following became confuse and charged too. This confused the elephant who stopped and ran away. I have never been more afraid in my life. The gorilla saw it was me and ignored me.

Another time we were walking along a spit of land in the forest surrounded by thick, muddy swamp. One of the trackers started running. There were three elephants coming along the land but had yet to see us. We couldn't run into the swamp as the gorilla were there. We had nowhere to go so climbed a tree. Luckily the elephants didn't try and shake us down. They walked up. Sniffed the air and ran off.

The elephants have an aggressive nature but if treated correct they can be quite docile. We had a female and two calves visit the camp to eat from the mango tree. they knew we were there so were not startled. As long as we kept a safe distance they were fine with us. They are incredibly intelligent and I'm sure they realised we meant them no harm. The video at the end here shows that family.

They are more solitary than the bush elephant often just one or two individuals. More often these are mother and calf. However, they do gather in large numbers at special places called a bai. These are large clearings made by the elephant. They gather to socialise but mainly to mine rare salts.

The elephant are important for maintaining the forest. Many seeds are spread by them. The digestive system is very poor and seeds often pass through. The elephants also clear old growth to make way for new. In short they are gardeners of the forest. Without them, the forests would break down. They keep the planets lungs breathing. We need them but they are being wiped out for ivory.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Round Island Boa: Animal Fact Series Part 2

The Round Island Boa:

So the Round Island Boa is up next. This is a snake endemic to Mauritius and only found there on the tiny offshore island named Round Island. I worked with these snakes in 2015 while the warden of Round Island for the Mauritian Wildife Foundation (MWF).  So lets get some basic facts down.

Common Name: Round Island Boa
Other names: Round Island Keel-scaled Boa
Latin name: Casarea dussumieri
Location: Round Island, Mauritius
Habitat: Rocky areas and palm savannah
Status: Endangered
Population: 500-1000

So as I said this snake is only found on Round Island but it has recently been reintroduced to the nearby Gunner Quoin with plans to expand to other islands. They were once found all over but have been killed off by the arrival of humans and pests such as rats and other reptiles mainly from Madagascar.

The young, as pictured above, are a bright orange colour but as the grow they become a much darker grey colour. Interestingly the adults have the ability to change colour. During boa survey the snakes colour was recorded to help identifify individuals. However once PIT tagging began the snakes were captured and placed in bags. On removal the researchers became confused at having a different snake in the bag. This method of idntification was then realsied to be no much use.

Interestingly despite being a small island at just 159ha and with a constant warden present doing island wide surveys no boa eggs have been found in the wild so no one knows where they lay their eggs. The only recorded case of boa eggs was when a female was PIT tagged. On release they found eggs in the bag.

The snakes feed on reptiles and the ocassional seabird chick. The main food source is the telfairs skink. The reptile is very round so the snake has a special feature. It has a diuble hindged jaw to wrap around the body of the telfair.

The snake is an incredible docile one. I had never handled snakes before becoming the warden but was surpised how easy they are to handle. You can liteally just pick them up and they do nothing. They are like sticks. I was not bitten during my time there.

I have been woken by these snakes many times as they are at home in the wardens station. They crawl over you as you sleep and I even found one youngset using my pillow.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

The Bonobos: Animal Fact Series Part 1

So as promised in my last post I am starting a new series of posts here. This series will be on wildlife and more specifically the wildlife I have worked with. I will be giving you facts about these species as well as some of my own observations. So without further ado lets begin.

The bonobo:

Where better to begin than with my old favourite the bonobo? For those of you who have not heard of a bonobo, they are Africa's fourth great ape after chimps, mountain gorilla and lowland gorilla. I worked with these amazing animals back in 2013 for nine months in Lui-Kotale for Max Planck.
The bonobo is endemic to the Democratic republic of Congo (aka DRC). So let's get some basic facts down.

Common Name: Bonobo
Other names: Pygmy chimpanzee, lesser chimpanzee, gracile ape.
Latin name: Pan paniscus
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Habitat: Rainforest
Status: Endangered
Population: 30-50,000

So that's the basics covered. Now let us get down to some facts. so where did the name come from? Well In 1928 a scientist named Schwarz was measuring the skull of what was thought to be a juvenile chimp, but turned out to be an adult bonobo. He then named it the pygmy chimpanzee, until an official name change to bonobo in 1954. However Heinz Heck, the man who later officially named the species, used the name bonobo back in 1939 in a paper, but it was not officially adopted at that point. This was thought to be after a village in the Congo named Bolobo, from where a shipping crate containing bonobos had been sent in the 1920’s.

Bonobos have a tendency to be thought of as peaceful loving apes and well that is not quite true. Sure they are less aggressive than chimps having never been observed killing a member of their own species in the wild but they can still be nasty. In captivity, they have been known to bite fingers off others in the enclosure. While I never saw this behaviour in the wild I did see that a few of the bonobos I was with had missing digits. It was also interestingly enough the lower ranking individuals I saw this in.

In captivity, the species mates a lot. An unnatural amount actually as captivity often exaggerates behaviours. They do have sex a lot in the wild but not on the scale of captive ones.

They also hunt. Once thought to only occur in chimpanzees I have witnessed them killing and eating duiker (a small antelope) a monkey and a squirrel.

No tool use has been observed in the wild but they do make nests. In captivity however, they are excellent tool makers. The most intelligent non-human is Kansi, a bonobo.

They are very inquisitive, especially the juveniles who would often stare at me. Some would even come closer. One little one, Evea, took this to the extreme and hit us with some dangling vines.

If you want any more information on bonobos leave a comment or click the contact tab at the top of the page. If there is an animal you would like featured just let me know.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Free Book Preview

So as my loyal readers will be aware I have recently published a book about my time in the congo with bonobos. I found out this morning that I can share a preview of the book here on my blog so I thought why not. Below is a preview from Amazon. just click the image or the preview button below to start reading without needing to download. I will stop posting about my book now as I realise that's not what you all come here for. Instead, I have a planned series of posts coming up about wildlife. For now, I hope you enjoy this free preview.

(It starts in the middle of the preview for some reason so click back a few pages when you open the preview up to get the full preview.)

Monday, 21 March 2016

Bonoboalive: Protecting Bonobos in the Wild

I don't usually post anything like this but felt like I needed to. After seeing all the news about rhino poaching finally on the UK news it felt the public was becoming more aware of the dreadful poaching crisis sweeping the planet. However while it is great news its broadcast now to a wider audience and i'm glad that more people are aware it feels like its reserved for the bigger animals. I'm not complaining here and I hate poaching of all sorts but I just wanted to let people know about a lesser known group working to protect a species close to me. The bonobo.

As followers of the blog will know I have a special place for bonobos having worked with them in the wild for nine months. Its sad to think that these apes are being hunted for bushmeat and the young sold as pets who usually die anyway. I always worry that my favourite bonobo Pembe will be harmed and cannot imagine poor little Pan as someones pet. Lola-ya-bonobo in Kinshasa does amazing work with these orphans but thats not who I wanted to talk about.
Pembe and Pan
Bonoboalive is an organisation dedicated to keeping these amazing animals safe in the wild. What makes it special to me is the main focus is on Lui-Kotale area where "my" bonobos live. The organisation is run by bonobo researchers and aided by the congolese government. They do great work with anti-poaching. Now I can vouch for the fact that they actually do send anti-poaching patrols out as I have paid one of these patrols myself when I was temporarily in charge of finance for Lui-Kotale camp. So far no poaching of bonobos has occurred in Lui-Kotale after bonoboalive began. Not only do the bonobo get protection but so to do the elephant, leopard, bongo and myriad other wildlife. The patrols are very effective and quick to act. We needed an emergency patrol once and they were out in the forest at a moments notice.

You can help in many ways. Vistit the site bonobo-alive.org. You can become a member, buy a t-shirt or  donate whatever you can. You can also buy my book on amazon which helps with 20% of proceeds going to bonoboalive. Ever since I began writing it I knew I wanted it to be used to help protect the bonobos I know and love. I hope this has given you a little insight into bonobos and what can be done to help them.

Bonobos of Lui-Kotale
Below is a video narrated by Lambert who, if you read my book, you will know is a bonobo worker at Lui-Kotale.

Thank You

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Illustrations From My Book

Below are some illustrations from my latest book: A Zoologists Stumblings in Africa: How to Habituate a Bonobo. These images appear in the printed edition of the book but unfortunately would not work with the kindle edition. For those of you who have bought a kindle edition here is a little something that you missed out on. For everyone else take a look. If they pique your interest why not check the book out? The kindle edition is now reduced to £1.99/$2.99/€2.99. I hope you enjoy these illustrations relating to different chapters. My book is available now on Kindle in all Amazon stores and in paperback in UK, US and Europe with Canada and Australia coming soon. Click here to go there now.

The leopard I bumped into. From chapter: Leopards in the Night

Bee-eaters in Iyaka. From the chapter: Iyaka, a Birders Paradise
A bonobo. From the chapter: What Exactly is a Bonobo?
A driver ant. From the chapter: Insects and Such

Lui-Kotale Research camp. From the chapter: Life in Camp
Mangos Machete fishing: From the chapter: Mangos, the Man not the Fruit.

Map of DRC From the beginning of the book
The transects of East side

A red River Hog. From the chapter: Animals of the Congo
A scared bonobo: From the chapter: The Southerners

Elephant skull.From the chapter: Poachers
A Que-fon-gooFrom the chapter: Cold Blooded Wonders

Me in a tree in a storm.From the chapter: A Bad Time to be in a Tree