hyenas

Animal encounters: Hyenas in the night

It’s 2am in Botswana, and I wake up with a start inside my tent. I’m in the Okavango Delta in the north of the country, and we are staying in a campsite just on the edge of the Moremi game reserve. The previous evening, sitting around our campfire, we were aware of being watched from…

orangutans of borneo

Men of the Forest: the primates of Borneo

I’m staring out the window of a 737 as we clear the coast of Borneo. Down below me is a sea of palm trees, one of the many palm oil plantations which have taken over the island in recent years, causing untold damage to the ecosystem. But from up here they are a beautiful sight, extending in…