Our Lion Family

In 2010 we were staying in Somerset West on South Africa’s Western Cape and found out about a lion sanctuary near Paarl. Paarl is better known as one of the Western Cape wine regions and not so much for its lions, which generally are more than 1000 miles further north in South Africa, and it’s…

They Said It!

Population Matters has put together a very thought provoking collection of quotations expressing concern over human over-population from a wide variety of sources over many centuries.  They demonstrate that this is not a new concern, although some may argue that early concerns were probably unfounded.  It is truly amazing that with so many influential people alive at present who…

Solo

Originally written in 2011, this true story was entered in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Travel Writer of the Year competition. Sadly it didn’t win, but was commended by the judges.  I had forgotten about it but found it again during a new year clean up of old files.  It’s a lovely story with a sad ending…

Killing The Golden Goose

In an earlier post “The Blue Planet” I wondered whether we might actually be alone as the only sentient beings in our galaxy, if not the Universe, and if so that suggests a great responsibility on us to ensure that we live in a sustainable way on our unique planet. Having watched ‘Human Universe’ on…