We recently passed the three month mark on our time out here in Central Africa.
I wanted to mark the occasion by saying a big thank you to everyone who has contacted me with such kind remarks about this blog. I am really happy that people are finding it to be a good read. It is great to get good feedback, thank you. And thank you for reading! I’m really pleased to be able to share what we are experiencing and do my little bit to “spread the word”, about the important work in conservation biology.
Secondly, I am conscious that some of my blog posts are quite long (I think one topped out at about 2000 words). Now, this might be valued by some people, as it allows me to properly tell a story, or take an in-depth look at an issue. However, I’m conscious that in this time-poor world, the length of some of my posts might put some people off reading. To try and appeal to both groups of people, I thought that a “round up” of the posts that I’ve made in the last three months, with a brief synopsis of the content, might allow those who are in a rush to pick and choose what they wanted to read.
So, all of the posts I’ve made in the last three months are summarised below.
Check back on the blog tomorrow for some exciting Gorilla news…
Choosing a problem
28 October 2015
I explain why we have chosen to come to Central Africa to work in conservation biology. I put forward the argument that ending the massive decline in biodiversity and the loss of wild places is one of the most important challenges that the planet faces today. You might also want to read the ABOUT page.
Congestion in Cameroon
7 November 2015
A snapshot of our time in Yaoundé in which I examine the threats Cameroon is facing.
Standing your ground
2 December 2015
We meet Terrence and Mata. I tell the story of what happened here in Dzanga during the 2013 crisis in the Central African Republic.
First Month FAQs – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
4 December 2015
A three part post where I answer all of the questions we were frequently being asked by friends and family after the first month. What does a Field Assistant do? Where do we live? What is the weather like?Is it dangerous? What are the conditions like in camp? What are the positives? What does your daily routine look like? Is it what you expected?
What is Conservation?
9 January 2016
We visit Sangha Lodge, the only serious tourist opportunity in CAR (a country the size of France!). We meet Rod and I learn that private enterprise has a critical role to play in conservation biology.
How to track a Gorilla?
17 January 2016
A detailed look at how we actually track down and find the Gorillas every day. I suggest that the skills the trackers use include a “sixth sense” which might be fundamental to the evolution of human consciousness.
I have made two sound recordings. I want to do more as I hope these add some depth to the depiction of life here.
Two photo albums uploaded so far.
The start of a list of relevant links to other sites.
Background information about me and Eeva and what we doing this year.