Just a few days ago we released a film of our research expedition, and now with excitement and fanfare we have a new paper out describing a new species of rough-skinned Gephyromantis frog.
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.
I'm reminded that the most important thing about expeditions and fieldwork is legacy.
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!
I write this from the blissful ignorance of predeparture faffing.
All it really takes is to say you'll do something with enough confidence that you believe it yourself, then mustered the audacity to have a go.
Martin Holland once told me that good leadership is simply 'effective communication of a vision'.
Over the last month 39 people, most of whom are complete strangers, have pledged a little over £1200 towards an expedition hatched in a pub.
Expedition Angano is the biggest and most exciting field project I've ever been involved with. So amongst the maelstrom of planning, here is the trip summarised in just ten points.
There's something very uncomfortable about asking for money. I don't enjoy it and so very rarely dabble in it.
Our gifted photographer Duncan Parker put together this little interview introducing the expedition. Let us know what you think and thanks for following!
I really can't believe we have come this far, and we haven't even set foot in Madagascar yet.