"Even as a very small boy I was utterly fascinated by animals of every kind."
Shortly before his 19th birthday in December 1957, Bob Goulding accompanied Gerald Durrell
on an animal collecting trip to Cameroon. "Our trip to Cameroon, which lasted around six months, is the subject of Durrell’s book ‘A Zoo in my Luggage’, published in 1960 by Rupert Hart-Davis. I am Durrell’s ‘young assistant Bob’ in the book."
This was neither the beginning nor the end of a life-long involvement and fascination with tropical natural history which saw Goulding later take over management of the zoo attached to the Department of Zoology of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria
in 1963. Now retired back to Bristol, he keeps a personal website which contains a fascinating record of those pioneering years. Particularly poignant is the story of the two gorillas, Aruna and Imade
, from their capture by hunters to the years of their maturity.
Under Golding's leadership Ibadan Zoo became an early and exemplary instance of zoo habitat design.
The website contains an account of building the gorilla enclosure; a heartfelt acknowledgement of his former staff; letters from past visitors, now grown up
; stories of research and collecting; a snapshot of Nigeria in the 60's and 70's; an overview of local fauna; and lots and lots of photographs! Also, hairy frogs
(don't look at them.)
posted by glasseyes
on Aug 25, 2014 -
For these endangered lemurs, it was love at first sight
There's puppy love, there's muskrat love, but there is nothing like the love of two middle-aged, critically endangered lemurs.… Dern, 17, had lost her mate at the Waco, Texas, zoo several months ago, and Anthony, 16, had recently been separated from his brother when he was sent to another zoo. Although both were accustomed to living with ring-tailed lemurs, it wasn't the same…. Both were lonely.
posted by Lexica
on Jul 8, 2014 -
A parakeet infestation that started when Humphrey Bogart left the door to the set of The African Queen
open, pigeons taking the Tube, foxes learning to sit pretty for sausages, a colony of pigeon eating pelicans gifted by a Russian ambassador in 1664 and underwater warfare between rival gangs of invasive crayfish species are just some of the miracles found in the unnatural history of London's wildlife
posted by MartinWisse
on Nov 21, 2013 -
Photographer Linda Kuo
's work focuses on "animals and their encounters with human civilizations". Displaced
shows exotic animals being cared for at the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in NYC, while Hit and Run
shows the aftermath of wild animals' encounters with vehicles upstate. (warning: Dead Animals).
posted by theweasel
on Jul 1, 2013 -
Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood.
posted by DaDaDaDave
on Jan 18, 2013 -
Before Steve Irwin brought short shorts in Australian television documentarism to the world, there were the earworming Leyland Brothers
, Malcolm Douglas
, the original and literal "Crocodile Hunter"
who combined conservationism with cooking
, and the dry humourist Alby Mangels
, who had his own personal filming curse
, interviewed Caribbean drug lords
, posed nude (SFW) for Cleo
, filmed through minefields and warzones
, and filmed more than 80 documentaries
posted by Fiasco da Gama
on Jan 15, 2012 -
Five years ago this week, the BBC started broadcasting one of the most extraordinary documentaries ever to grace television: Planet Earth
. The culmination of five years of field work
, it employed the most cutting-edge of techniques
in order to capture life in all its forms, from sweeping spaceborne vistas to shockingly intimate close-ups
-- including many sights
rarely glimpsed by human eyes. Visually spectacular
, it showcased footage shot in 204 locations in 62 countries
, thoroughly documenting every biome from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the lifegiving waters of the Okavango Delta
, a rich narrative tapestry backed by a stirring orchestral score
from the BBC Concert Orchestra. Unfortunately, the series underwent some editorial changes
for rebroadcast overseas. But now fans outside the UK can rejoice -- all eleven chapters of this epic story are available on YouTube in their original form: uncut, in glorious 1080p HD, and with the original narration by renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough
. Click inside for the full listing (and kiss the rest of your week goodbye). [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Mar 7, 2011 -
Adapted from the book "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food" for the New York Times. A pretty bleak look at the state of world wide tuna fishing.
posted by chunking express
on Jul 13, 2010 -