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The Spaces in Between

Monday, 22nd February, 2016

Huge congratulations to Will’s sister, Caroline Jones – her wonderful and deeply moving memoir, The Spaces in Between, was released last Friday, 12th February. I read it on Saturday, making the point of getting up earlier than usual to make a start. The weather was grim. I sat down in my armchair next to the window…

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The Lion, the Honey Badger and the Restroom

Thursday, 18th February, 2016

I recently read a story that occurred at Tanda Tula concerning a honey badger and lioness. You may remember Will and I coming across the former in Alledeghi, Ethiopia. Given that, I thought it only appropriate to reference this tale. It’s a long story, and if you have the time, do give it a read….

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Watching Virunga with the Team

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

On Wednesday evening, after shutting up shop in the office, we strolled a couple of blocks down the road to Presuming Ed, one of many local coffee shops – incidentally the remains of an old bank. This one’s got the most bizarre décor – old N-64 controllers and vintage A-team magazines hanging from the ceiling,…

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From the Good of Giving

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

Just a quick note to say that Journeys by Design has as of this year raised $5.2 million for a variety of charities, and in particular the big four: Robin Hood Foundation, Naples Wine Festival, Clinton Foundation and Absolute Return for Kids (ARK). An additional $1.4 million has been raised through match funding. I say…

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In memory of Roger Gower

Friday, 12th February, 2016

It’s with great sadness that I learnt last week that one of the Friedkin Conservation Fund’s helicopter pilot’s Roger Gower was killed while tracking poachers in a coordinated operation with the Tanzanian authorities. If you don’t know already, then you are sure to come across it in the news. Briefly, Roger and a colleague were…

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In the Name of the Endangered

Friday, 12th February, 2016

You may remember a recent post recounting a trip that Will and I made to Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains National Park – a haven for keen twitchers, fishing fans and those in search of the ultimate off-the-beaten-track experience. If not, a brief reminder: Bale falls within the Afromontane ecosystem. Although found throughout the continent, this habitat…

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A Mixed Blessing

Friday, 5th February, 2016

You may have heard recently about Omo, the leucistic giraffe, discovered by researchers Dr. Derek Lee and Monika Bond in Tarangire. Named after the brand of washing powder, at 15 months old, Omo continues to browse the acacia of this rich ecosystem. At this age, giraffes generally outgrow most top predators and, further, due to…

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Change is Afoot: presenting you with our new brochure

Thursday, 28th January, 2016

I am very proud to present Journeys by Design’s new brochure, put together by Jamie and Angela, alongside our designers, the magnificent One Darnley Road. If you’re on our mailing list, then you’ll already, I’m sure, know Change. If not, then, after working tirelessly for weeks on end, with late nights in the office and…

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The Anti-Safari: Wild Philanthropy gets the green light

Monday, 11th January, 2016

Delighted to see the publication of Sophy Robert’s The Anti-Safari story recently covered in a late December issue of the Financial Times. Sophy has covered more than her fair share of stories for Journeys by Design, having travelled with us on numerous occasions, but this is a first for our sister venture, Wild Philanthropy. Whilst…

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The Lost Forest: tracking Ethiopia’s last elephants in Chebera Churchura

Thursday, 7th January, 2016

It is 1.00 in the morning on November 21st and we have just successfully boarded our flight in Addis. The last couple of days have been filled with adventure and despite being drained, I can’t help but feel a buzz of excitement with some of the wonders experienced from this last week on the first…

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