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Africa's Unsung Conservation Heroes

Africa’s Unsung Conservation Heroes

Unsung Conservation Heroes, my most recent feature for Africa Geographic Magazine, highlights 15 amazing and dedicated people working – mostly unrecognized – to protect and save Africa’s wildlife.   Whether they are working out in the field, rehabilitating orphaned or injured animals, educating communities or visitors, saving lives, or conducting important research, all of these...
Conservation Planning Students react to Saving Wild:

Conservation Planning Students react to Saving Wild:

My friend Stephanie Moret teaches Conservation Planning classes at University of California, Santa Barbara. Last semester she added my new book, Saving Wild, Inspiration from 50 Leading Conservationists to her classes’ required reading list and told her students to write an essay on their reaction to the book.   Here are three excerpts of the...
Inside the Life of Conservationist George Schaller

Inside the Life of Conservationist George Schaller

Tibet Wild by George Schaller. Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a conservationist? To have the recognition of being the person saving tigers, or polar bears, or elephants? What’s it like to spend your life protecting wildlife and wild places, often in some of the remotest areas of the world? What...
Clever Octopus Takes Himself Back Home

Clever Octopus Takes Himself Back Home

This story about an octopus named Inky is endearing on so many levels. Inky reminds us once again how much we do not know about the cleverness, emotions and thoughts of animals. Inky also reminds us that when given the choice, as I have written about before, animals will always choose the wild over captivity....
Saving Elephants' Top Four Champions

Saving Elephants’ Top Four Champions

In honor of Save the Elephants Day (April 16th) four of the world’s leading elephant conservationists offer hope and inspiration for saving elephants, the largest land animal on earth, from extinction.   These amazing people were also interviewed in my book, Saving Wild, Inspiration From 50 Leading Conservationists. (All quotes are excerpts from my book)....
On Safari in Africa: One With Nature

On Safari in Africa: One With Nature

When I’m on safari in Africa I stand up on the seat of the open topped landrover, letting the dry winds tossle my hair and flip my hat almost inside out, breathing in the air and earth of the place of human’s ancestral beginnings.   East, west, north and south, against a limitless horizon, I...
Giraffes: Passion, Candy and Kisses

Giraffes: Passion, Candy and Kisses

It’s an unexplainable phenomena. Through all the years I’ve been leading safaris in Africa, with no understanding of how or why it happens, each group has more sightings of one specific species of animal than another.   For instance, on one trip it was cheetah. Almost every time we went out on our wildlife drives...
Elephant Conservation Safari with Lori Robinson

Elephant Conservation Safari with Lori Robinson

  Elephants are the most loved of all the animals of the African continent yet they are being poached for ivory, meat and body parts at the rate of 95 animals per day; on course to become extinct by the end of the next decade.   Unique Elephant Conservation Focused Safari During this special elephant...
Kissing Giraffe at Giraffe Manor

Kissing Giraffe at Giraffe Manor

I’ve been in Africa many times on my birthday and this year my present to myself is staying here in Nairobi at the Giraffe Manor. It’s one of my favorite boutique hotels in the world because visitors can get quite intimate with the six endangered Rothchild giraffes roaming the Manor’s grounds.  Where else in the world...
Inspiration From 50 Leading Conservationists Saving Wild

Inspiration From 50 Leading Conservationists Saving Wild

My new book, Saving Wild, Inspiration From 50 Leading Conservationists, with a foreword by Jane Goodall is now available in paper back and ebook on  Amazon.com.  Fifty of the world’s leading conservationists – amazing men and women all over the world – who have devoted their lives to saving some of the most endangered species and the...
Daphne Sheldrick says, "Elephants are like us, but better."

Daphne Sheldrick says, “Elephants are like us, but better.”

I’ve heard Daphne Sheldrick, the world’s expert on raising orphaned baby elephants, say on many occasions that “Elephants are like us…but better.”   Growing up I only knew elephants from reading Babar The Elephant books, and going to zoos. Later I would see my first wild elephants in Africa.   But it was while visiting...
Picture Yourself on Safari [video]

Picture Yourself on Safari [video]

As you read this I am probably in flight somewhere between the United States and East Africa. I’m heading back to Kenya and Tanzania, the two countries in Africa (out of the eleven I’ve visited) where I have spent the most time. While I’m there I will be mostly out in the bush, out of...