Living the Dream – Pursuing a career working with animals

“Everyone dreams, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible”       T. E. Lawrence

We all have […]

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Vets of Tomorrow

  Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela. 

Recently I had the privilege of presenting at the 2015 Future Vet Kids Camp.  This fantastic initiative began in 2012 and is run each year by Canadian veterinarian Dr Scott Bainbridge and his wife Andra.  The […]

Crocs of the Cape

The silence of the night seemed to consume the sound generated by the small outboard motor which gently powered our boat through the still darkness of the lake. Even though it was late at night a fine sweat covered our brows and the warm tropical air was thick with anticipation.  Perched at the front […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The Gharials of Nepal

Conservation of a critically-endangered crocodilian.

As I sat watching the sun set over the Rapti River on the border of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, just down an embankment only 50 metres away lay one of the world’s most critically endangered species of crocodile, the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus).  I had mixed feelings as I watched this […]

Monitors of the Mountains

‘DINOSAUR! screamed my grandmother hysterically. “There’s a dinosaur in the backyard!”

As an eight year old, I fully expected to see a Tyrannosaurus rex strolling past, so I sprinted to the back door.  There, walking slowly along with the confidence and self-assurance that is so typical of its kind, long forked tongue flicking in and […]

Hanging in the Balance

Having been a wildlife rehabilitator for almost a decade and during that time rescuing, rehabilitating and raising orphaned bats, I was always fascinated by these incredible animals.  What saddened me was the fact that so many people had pre-conceived negative opinions that bats are disease ridden, smelly, disgusting pests.  As well as having an […]