Not such a wild conservation idea?

| May 7, 2006

Not such a wild conservation idea?

It is late afternoon, and over sundowner drinks in the hunting lodge the talk around the table is of lions. Or, to be more specific, one particular lion — “Old Black Mane,” the night raider, cattle killer, and terror of the local tribesmen. Man ...

A trip through the Strip

| Mar 5, 2006

A trip through the Strip

The phone rang while I was in the shower. But that’s normal the world over. Abnormality — by conventional Western standards — took a few more minutes to arrive. My caller began by inquiring after the health of my family. This is customary in ...

| Dec 25, 2005

Born to be wild

The Gorillarium at Howletts Zoo, near the cathedral city of Canterbury in the southern English county of Kent, is about as good as it gets. If you are a captive gorilla. Or if you want to see one. While many zoos feed their gorillas ...

Not much to declare about Andorra

| Oct 9, 2005

Not much to declare about Andorra

Andorra is one of the very few countries on Earth that no one has ever bothered invading. True, Hannibal passed through with his elephants, but he had the Roman Empire to destroy and didn’t stay long. Napoleon once planned to annex it, but the ...

| Sep 25, 2005

Specters of alpine delight

Berchtesgaden lies snug against Bavaria’s southeastern border in the shadow of the Obersalzberg massif. Just a cat’s leap from Austria, is what the locals say. It is an area both hauntingly beautiful and unquestionably haunted. Cow bells jangle in alpine pastures, but this isn’t ...

Whiteout and wounds in a world of birds

| Jul 17, 2005

Whiteout and wounds in a world of birds

The first hint of what was to come were the three guys down near the jetty. Their green jackets were streaked with white, and through the binoculars it looked like a sort of tundra-inspired paramilitary camouflage. They had construction helmets on their heads. Again ...