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The Honey Hunter (and other incredible field assistants)

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Fearing we may reach a linguistic impasse, I smiled, gave a big British thumbs up, and signaled that I would follow him. Best decision I ever made.

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Madagascar: Life on the Edge Trailer

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I’m reminded that the most important thing about expeditions and fieldwork is legacy.

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A post-post-truth world: Evidence and conservation in 2017

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Conservation Evidence has the wildly ambitious but conceptually blindingly obvious aim of collecting together all the evidence for how well every conservation intervention ever dreamt up actually works.

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The Central Desert Botanic Expedition

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..this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.

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How To Break Into Wildlife Filmmaking (by making your own luck)

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A huge bugbear among many aspiring conservationists, is that most interesting conservation jobs and roles require experience. To get experience, you often need some previous experience.. and so it goes on and on until, eventually, you get lucky.

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Does Conservation Work? || Future Challenges for Exploration || James Borrell

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I first attended Explore as a green, keen, undergraduate. It was one of the best things I ever did, and I’m very luck now to call some of the regular attendees my friends. This year – the 40th anniversary! – I was chuffed to be asked to give a Friday night lecture.

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Film Premiere: Life on the Edge

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Of all the adventures that working in conservation has brought my way, premiering a film has to be the one that I least expected. I’ve never been to a premiere before, I don’t know anything about films – in essence, I really have no idea what I’m doing!

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Saying Goodbye to Toughie (the last suriving Rabbs fringe-limbed treefrog)

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The last known observation of the frog in the wild was that of a single male heard calling (but not seen) in 2007.

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The Conservation Guide (How to find honest volunteer project reviews)

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So you want to get involved in conservation? Perhaps a little frustratingly, everyone so far has told you that the first thing you need to do is ‘get experience’.

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Why Volunteering With Animals Does Nothing For Conservation

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Saving individual animals should always come second to saving species, which in turn comes second to protecting habitats.

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The one image that I use in all of my talks

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t is, incredibly, the first image ever taken by a human of Earth from space way back in 1968.

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The last call of a probably extinct species

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I still find it amazing in the 21st century, with Iphones, curved LCD TVs and 3D printers that species can still slip to extinction.

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Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

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Some people look like they have all the luck, great discoveries, great expeditions – life can seem unfair. But what you often don’t know about is all the projects that fell through, all the ideas that turned out to be wrong, or never made it off the drawing board.

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