moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD
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The slaughter of dolphins continues in Taiji Japan (location featured in the academy award winning film 'The Cove' which documents the brutal slaughter of dolphins). A large pod of Bottelenose dolphins have been rounded up and are being murdered now. Want to tell Japan how you feel about this ? Every telephone call to the Japanese Embassy has to be logged so pick up the phone and call 020 7465 6500 (UK Japan Embassy). After the initial message press 2 for information in English ... this will give you 2 other options ... press 2 and you'll be transferred to a person. Let them know how shocked you are by Japan's mass murder of dolphins and whales. The person will listen to your complaint and then ask if you want your call logged. Say yes and you'll be transferred where you can leave the same message again.
Or tweet the prime minister of Japan here : @JPN_PMO
For a link to live streaming of these tragic events and more information click here:
Should we swim with dolphins ? ... click here for an article on the repercussions of this activity.
Orangutans are one of the best mothers in the natural world with their offspring dependent on them for up to 8 years. It's this long inter birth interval which make them so vulnerable to extinction when local populations are depleted due to habitat destruction. But there are still rays of hope ... I took most of the photos below in Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, where about 4000 wild orangutans are thriving in a well protected area. For more information on the work of The Orangutan Foundation click here. Orangutans are just one of over 40 animals featured in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Amazon(UK) (direct link here) have a special offer on of just £13.59 with free delivery in UK (Now 43 five star reviews) or for the rest of world The Book Depository (direct link) are now offering free delivery to anywhere on the planet. Or if you'd just like more info and a few sample pages to flick through click here.
In Borneo, Proboscis monkeys are still referred to as 'Orang Belanda' which translates as "Dutch man" in Bahasa Indonesian - presumably the early Dutch settlers had large noses, pot bellies and thin red penises. Plenty of people seem to regard these primates as being ugly, but having spent far more time than is healthy with them, I have to disagree. Here's a few photos in praise of Proboscis monkeys ! Proboscis monkeys are just one of the numerous animals featured in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Click here for Amazon reviews (now 37 five star reviews !) ... or here for more info and a few sample pages to flick through
Always save the best for last. This orangutan fundraising trip to Tanjung Puting national park, Borneo was my third within just 5 weeks and we completely shattered all records for sightings of wild orangutans ! A quite incredible 39 encounters which smashed the previous best by 10 individuals. Seeing so many wild orangutans like this really enforces that there is hope for these great apes. (This number doesn't include the scores of 'semi-wild' orangutans that we always see at Camp Leakey and other sites within the park.) Thanks to an enormous effort by a large number of people over the last two decades this area is now well protected and supports a thriving population of about 4000 orangutans along with a mind boggling array of other bio-diversity. Thanks so much to Kate, Jill, Stuart, Mandi, Lesley, Cathy and Florent for being such lovely, good fun guests and for your contributions which raised nearly $4000 more for the Orangutan Foundation (Click here for direct link to their site and info on their work.) Here's to other trips together in the future. Click here for information on my other wildlife fundraising trips or scroll down to see a a few random photos from this trip. Orangutans are just one of numerous animals featured in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Click here for Amazon reviews ... or here for more info and a few sample pages to flick through.
Exchanging eye contact with any great ape imbues a deep sense of connection ... so when this mother and baby orangutan gazed into my eyes it was already a special moment. But then something else happened ... they both started displaying emotions which looked like laughter. So here's the question ... are they smiling and laughing ? Or am I merely observing them from my limited perception of being human ? @IanWoodPhotos My new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' shows where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible ... including orangutans of course. Click here for more info and to see a few sample pages ... or here to read the latest Amazon reviews.
I'm back out of the forest for just a few days in between my 2012 Borneo orangutan fund raising trips ... another beautiful week with a lovely group of people. Thanks so much to Neil, Denise, Kirsty, Ron, Robyn, Pamela and June who raised another $4000 for the Orangutan Foundation. (Click here to see more pics from previous trip.) Limited internet and limited time but here's a few random photos ! Some more pics from earlier Oct 2012 trips are here.
Orangutans are a keystone species and a symbol for the threatened forests of Borneo and Sumatra. But by default, if we can ensure there is a future for these great apes we also protect a mind boggling array of biodiversity along with preventing hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. Below is a tiny sample of some of the bizarre insects that I've found lurking in these forests ... or if you think orangutans are more visually appealing than insects you might like this link ! My new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' shows where and how to meet the world's iconic wildlife. From tracking mountain gorillas to sharing the ocean with humpback whales; from encountering lions on a walking safari to watching condors soar on morning thermals. But along with all the obvious animals there's also a few surprises ... such as getting close to mini beasts. Now 38 five star reviews on Amazon ... click here to read people's feedback. Or here for more info and a few sample pages.
" We need books like this, which encourage us to be adventurous in our travels while treading lightly along the way." Jonathan and Angie Scott of the BBC's Big Cat Diary
Somewhere in the blurb for my orangutan holidays I mention that when they work best, they soon become like a group of friends sharing a special experience together. Thanks so much to Dave, Georgie, Roy, Christine, RoJean, Joe and Nell for making this trip an absolute pleasure and for helping raise nearly $4000 for the Orangutan Foundation. My internet access is very limited at the moment so I've quickly cobbled together a few random images from our time together as a memory of this trip ... more to follow. Or click here to see more orangutan photos.
My new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' shows where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible ... including orangutans and proboscis monkeys of course. I've just returned from the forest for a few days and there are now 27 five star reviews on Amazon ... click here to read the reviews .
I've just finished work on a magazine article about dolphins ... here's a random selection of some of the images. (Scroll down to see more)Dolphins are just one of numerous animals featured in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Click here for Amazon reviews ... or here for more info and a few sample pages to flick through.
To read the full dolphin article click here.