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  • Blog Post: And so it begins...

    As the sun broke the skyline behind Rio Centro - the location of the global Summit on sustainable development - several black vultures flew out across the city. It didn’t seem like a good sign. Sacha and I arrived at the venue, a 10 min walk from our lodgings, collected our security passes, removed...
  • Blog Post: Heading for Harapan

    Last week at Rio+20, everyone from Prime Ministers to Amazonian Indians spoke of the importance of protecting tropical rainforests. The UK even announced a new initiative, aimed at capacity building in rainforest restoration. By an unusual coincidence (and unfortunate as far as my body clock is concerned...
  • Blog Post: That Friday feeling

    I love Fridays – it’s the end of the working week, the start of the weekend, and there’s even a chocolate bar dedicated to that wonderful Friday feeling. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to channel that feeling and make it do something for nature? Well this week you can! FSC Friday...
  • Blog Post: It's Friday afternoon...

    which is excuse enough for more cute photos from Gola Rainforest. This week's treat - a pangolin working it for one of our camera traps
  • Blog Post: High hopes

    18 May Quite an exciting day today. Ok so we didn’t actually catch a hippo, but we’re getting closer! Kenewa heard hippo noises whilst out checking his traps this morning. The locals think it’s a pregnant female looking for somewhere to give birth, but Michele thinks it’s...
  • Blog Post: No pictures please!

    The camera traps we've set up all around Harapan Rainforest allow us to see a side of the forest we would find it hard to see otherwise. The area is full of wonderful wildlife, but much of it is elusive and with Harapan covering a huge area, keeping track of the wildlife that calls Harapan home is...
  • Blog Post: A little Friday afternoon fun

    There's something hiding in this photo. Can you spot it?
  • Blog Post: A little help from the locals and a change of plan

    23 May Another close call over the weekend, but still no pygmy hippo. I wish they could understand it’s for their own good! It’s become worryingly quiet over the last couple of days and frustration levels amongst the team are growing. What are we doing wrong? It started so well, but we...
  • Blog Post: All eyes on Rio

    In a couple of weeks time all eyes will be turning to Rio as the Earth Summit returns to Brazil twenty years after the iconic meeting of 1992. This will be the third and biggest in a series of landmark global gatherings that aims to find a balance between economic growth and environmental protection...
  • Blog Post: Take nothing but pictures...

    ...Leave nothing but footprints Kill nothing but time Very wise words and a mantra we should all live by. But what if we could make our footprints mean something more? What if we could give them a higher purpose than simply showing where we’ve been? For the last six months we’ve been trying...
  • Blog Post: A soft place to land and dress rehersals

    5 May The whole team have been on Tiwai for two days now and yesterday we started opening the traps. We’ve removed the strong cover materials that, for the last month, have allowed the pygmy hippos to walk over the traps without falling in and replaced them with partly broken rattan mats on...
  • Blog Post: When I grow up...

    What did you want to be when you grew up? For me there were various options – I wanted to be a vet, until I realised that I’m really squeamish and can’t stand the sight of blood. Then I wanted to be a pop star (as a lot of children do) until I realised that singing was not my strong...
  • Blog Post: Fancy a trip to the rainforest?

    Don't forget there's still time to enter the Together For Trees Rainforest Reporter competion. We're on the hunt for a someone with a passion for conservation and a flair for storytelling to go to one of the amazing rainforest projects that we work on and report back on their experiences...
  • Blog Post: Speechless

    Walking into the aircraft hangar-sized food hall on Wednesday morning the giant screen was relaying, live from the main Rio chamber, the speech from a Prime Minister. He was talking about the development and environmental problems of his country. When we left the conference centre last night, a strikingly...
  • Blog Post: Follow the frog

    Rainforest Alliance have produced a brilliant film showing that "you don't have to go to the ends of the earth to protect the planet - just follow the frog". It's well worth a watch, so click here .
  • Blog Post: It's not easy, but it's worth it

    It's half term for a lot of schools around the country this week, which means a much quicker journey into work for me and it sees some of our colleagues from our International team taking star turns on Martin Harper's blog. Today Jeremy Lindsell is in the hot seat, sharing what's it's...
  • Blog Post: The best laid plans...

    2 May 2012 The team are starting to assemble in Tiwai. Michele, the vet from Palm Beach Zoo who is an expert in wildlife immobilisation (or anaesthetics to you and me) arrived yesterday after travelling from South Africa where she’s working on another project involved rhinos and lions. Today...
  • Blog Post: Some people have all the luck!

    27 May I’m starting to think that I’m just not meant to see a pygmy hippo in the wild. I came back to Kenema today, promising some new colleagues a lift back with me as they had spent the night on the island. When I arrived at the campsite where they’ve been staying on the island...
  • Blog Post: The day after tomorrow

    (Written on Saturday) If you've seen the film by the same name, then you’ll know it’s about the catastrophic consequences of climate change, and they're depicted as spectacularly and fatally catastrophic. As I write this, at 31000 feet over the Atlantic, the day after tomorrow...
  • Blog Post: Egg-stra problems for rainforests

    There's just something about chocolate. Even those of us who can’t eat it find it difficult to resist. And at the moment the shops are full of the stuff! As soon as the Christmas rush was over, the signs of Easter egg madness started to make their way onto the shelves. If, like me, you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Otter-ly great news

    We've got camera traps set up all around Harapan Rainforest to help us find out exactly what wildlife calls this amazing place home. We've had loads of success with the cameras, even managing to capture the elusive Sumatran tiger on film. Recently, the camera traps have provided us with a new...
  • Blog Post: Out of time

    2 June Last night was our last night all together so we threw a little party for the team, though I wasn’t really in the party mood and have to admit to shedding a tear or two. We’ve come so close so many times, but still haven’t managed to catch a pygmy hippo. And what would...
  • Blog Post: Palm oil plantations put endemic island wildlife at risk

    The expansion of palm oil plantations on São Tomé and Príncipe is threatening species that are only found on these beautiful oceanic islands. Alice Ward-Francis tells us more on the latest post over on the Saving Species blog .
  • Blog Post: A contender for the best hairstyle in the bird world?

    The crested guinea fowl in Gola Rainforest.
  • Blog Post: Tiger tiger

    I’ve been working in Harapan Rainforest for three years. I’m a biodiversity officer, which means I keep an eye out for and monitor the wide variety of amazing species that call this rainforest home. From sun bears and hornbills to gibbons and pangolins, I keep an eye out for all of them,...