The sun did its best, casting a ricochet of light from over the horizon to dimly illuminate the Nordic fjords. We walked in this pale ‘civil twilight’ through the small industrial town of Skjervoy, having arrived by ferry from Tromso the day before. The one or two shops we passed were stocked with improbable amounts … Continue reading Snorkelling with orcas in Norway
In my last post, I asked you to tell me which animals to go out and find in The Americas. So that over the coming months I can report back with tips to help you get out there and do the same. The Americas' Wild 10 You guys did your bit and we now have … Continue reading The Americas’ Wild 10
In December this year, I left my job as a commercial lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP, one of the world's largest international law firms. I left to begin a new job as the CEO of The Lifescape Project - the charity which runs WildSide. Over the past decade, I've fallen increasingly in love with wildlife … Continue reading Lawyer to Lifescape
As I exited Singapore’s Changi Airport, I felt the harsh, hot hit of the South East Asian humidity for the very first time. Unlike most, I wasn’t here for the bright city lights and culinary delights of Singapore. This was merely a pit stop on a trip of firsts, experiences, and unintentional discoveries. Instead, I … Continue reading Searching for the Kongkang
The growing human presence in Galapagos has put wildlife at risk. While UNESCO removed Galapagos from their list of endangered heritage sites in 2010, disease, hunting, pollution, and invasive species continue to impact the islands. The permanent human population in Galapagos has doubled to 30,000 in the past decade. And the number of tourists is … Continue reading Sustainable travel in Galapagos
We’re in Colombia, looking at some ancient statues, and somebody says, “there’s a village nearby here, the baby spectacled bears come down from the mountains for bananas, it’s only an hour away by motorbike, or 3 hours by horse”. Chris and I exchange glances, here we go again… Flashback 6 months. I am researching where … Continue reading Going on a bear hunt
We asked WildSide users to let us know the animals they most wanted to see in South America. Based on the responses, we put together a list of the top six species: Andean condor Puma Green anaconda Orca Sea lion Jaguar This post sets out the best places to see each of these incredible animals! … Continue reading Wildlife watching in South America: in search of the big six!
Overview The idea for WildSide came about when we (Chris and Lizzie) took a year out to travel through South America and get some first hand experience of seeing animals in the wild. During our time out we struggled to find reliable, unbiased information about the best places to see wildlife and the best times to visit. So … Continue reading How does WildSide work?