Gorillas

Gorillas are mostly gentle, but one of them kept me in my place. Until the pioneering studies of George Schaller in the 1950s, the gorilla was considered a terrifying and savage beast, rumoured to have a propensity for raping women.
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Syria

During my background reading on Syria, I discovered that all the millions of hamsters that have been kept as pets are descended from one single pregnant animal, which was trapped near Aleppo in 1930.
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Namibia

A quarter of the world’s remaining cheetahs live in Namibia. It is a crucial population, for throughout the rest of the world their numbers have been fast diminishing.
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Dolphins

When I began investigating dolphins, I heard an almost unbelievable tale. Jojo, a dolphin who has taken up residence next to the Club Mediterranée in the Turks and Caicos Islands…
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The Honey Guide

During a walking safari in Zambia my guide pointed to a small sparrow-like bird, then told me an incredible story. He said that this nondescript little creature, the Greater Honeyguide, uses a…
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Tigers

I was once a spectator at one of the last great tiger shoots in India, before the sport was abolished in 1970. In the hills of Madya Pradesh, buffalo were tied up overnight to attract the prey…
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Dear Hotel Owner

Ever since becoming Travel Editor of Harpers & Queen, I have felt increasingly sorry for the rich.  During my earlier impecunious travels, I had fantasised about celebrated hotels.
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