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Satao – one year on

  Recently, I flew to find Satao’s remains. The anniversary of his death was approaching and I felt compelled to visit. Besides, I rationalised, I was curious to see to what extent the nutrient overload had killed the vegetation, and … Continue reading

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The Elephant Movie – the beginning

    Together with a small team, we are making a film about elephants.  It will have taken over five years by the time we finish – but the research phase will have taken almost thirty. The idea has arisen … Continue reading

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Elephants – why bother?

    A few months ago, at a dinner in New York, an aquaintance got into a conversation where a guest asked, “Why all the fuss about elephants – they mean nothing to me personally. Why should I bother whether … Continue reading

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The butterfly and the elephant

  Yesterday, in Tsavo, a topi ran across the track in front of me. I smiled, as it suddenly felt like a day in which anything might happen. The topi is an antelope I’d never seen before in Tsavo. I’d … Continue reading

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The sweet smell of petrichor

A week ago in Tsavo, we had an unseasonal storm of rain. We’d been flying, doors off, searching for the matriarch that we’d not seen for a while. As the cloud thickened and lowered, and dark skeins of rain descended … Continue reading

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Here today, gone tomorrow

It was late in the day as I drove up to a waterhole. I’d been away from camp for a day or two and had planned a couple of hours in the shade of a henna bush, as the sun … Continue reading

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A new year in Tsavo

We returned to Tsavo, at the beginning of the year, to a park deep in grass. At times, it is so high that we can only see the backs of the elephants. In this sea of green, buffalo can disappear … Continue reading

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