Conservationists
Tom Mangelsen’s Last Great Wild Places

Tom Mangelsen’s Last Great Wild Places

Tom Mangelsen. Although he is counted among the world’s greatest wildlife photographers, you may not know his name. But I bet you’ll recognize his work. Especially this one: titled Catch of the Day, it’s one of the most widely circulated and published wildlife photographs in history.   Films, like Disney’s Lion, Chimpanzee and Bear movies,...
Saving Wild Rhinos

Saving Wild Rhinos

Starting this month, 100 rhinos from South Africa are be airlifted to secret locations in Botswana in a last ditch effort to keep these prehistoric creatures far from the poachers reach.   A record 1,020 rhino died last year, leaving an estimated 30,000 rhino left in the world.   “There is a rhino war,” wildlife...
Jane Goodall's Seeds of Hope

Jane Goodall’s Seeds of Hope

Jane Goodall says she wrote her latest book, Seeds of Hope, because the plants wanted her to write about them.   “The plants, says Dr. Goodall, “wanted me to fully acknowledge their importance in human history, their amazing powers of healing, the nourishment they provide, their ability to harm if we misuse them, and ultimately,...
What Dereck Joubert Wants You to Know About Rhinos

What Dereck Joubert Wants You to Know About Rhinos

The first time I met National Geographic’s Explorers in Residence Beverly and Dereck Joubert they were proudly announcing Botswana’s recent decision to ban trophy hunting. It was just one of a long list of accomplishments the conservation world’s hard working and much adored couple have helped make happen. But Beverly and Dereck Joubert will be the first to admit...
Jane Goodall's Birthday Wish

Jane Goodall’s Birthday Wish

Jane Goodall has done more than any other person for the protection of apes, and all animals for that matter – by inspiring just about every human being on this planet who works in animal protection and conservation – with her wisdom, efforts, and unwavering commitment from an early age. And now she is asking...
Jane Goodall's Hope

Jane Goodall’s Hope

Where is Lori Robinson? That question may have crossed your mind recently if you follow this blog at Saving Wild because I haven’t written to you since announcing I would be attending three wildlife events. Well…I attended those wildlife events and came away full of ideas and stories for you, and contacts for interviews of amazing...
Love Life and Elephants

Love Life and Elephants

An African Love Story (also called Love Life and Elephants)  is Kenyan born Daphne Sheldrick’s memoir about love for her country, animals, and men, including her soul mate and husband, that define and focus her life-long work of caring for orphaned baby elephants. See a list of all my favorite Africa books : Favorites: Africa Books Woven into...
What you don't know about Jane Goodall

What you don’t know about Jane Goodall

Ten Celebrity Secrets about Jane Goodall… If you have been following my blog you probably know that I have been a Jane Goodall wannabe since I was three; was preparing to be one of her interns at Gombe Stream National Park before the kidnapping incident; and worked as the Africa Adventures Specialist for the Jane Goodall Institute leading their...
Nelson Mandela's Improbable Life

Nelson Mandela’s Improbable Life

People from all across the globe are celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday and remarkable life by taking part in Mandela Day. Becky Aaronson, my friend and blogger at The Art of an Improbable Life guest posts for AfricaInside today about Mandela and this special day. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin,...

How Wangari Maathai Thinks

Wangari Maathai died on September 25, 2011 at the age of 71.  I met her briefly in 2007 long after she had been a mentor and inspiration to me because she represented what Jane Goodall, my other mentor, always says: “One person can make a difference.”  “It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make...
From a Chimps Perspective at Gombe

From a Chimps Perspective at Gombe

If you’re a fan of Jane Goodall (and who isn’t) you’ve probably dreamed of visiting Gombe Stream Park where Jane’s research on the wild chimpanzees catapulted her to fame.  For many years I worked for the Jane Goodall Institute as their Africa Adventure Specialist which meant I was in charge of designing and leading safaris...