Rabbits revealed

I came to Southeast Asia thinking that I would study tigers. Instead I study tiger rabbits. If you had told me four years ago that the focus of my work, indeed my obsession, would be furry fluff balls that could fit in my hand, I would have thought you were crazy. And yet that is exactly what has happened. Of course, the cynical perspective would be that I’ve taken to striped rabbits Read more…

A day filled with doucs

When I looked through the binoculars I met a pair of almost-human eyes glaring back at me. It was an odd sensation. The eyes were haunting: dark, penetrating, they burned with an intensity that sent a shiver through my body. But it was a shiver of pure pleasure because I was face-to-face with one of the most spectacular primates on the planet: the red-shanked douc langur. Read more…

Saola games

The room is alive with laughing and clapping and shouting: the entire Katu village of Ta Lang, from the youngest child to the oldest septuagenarian, is crammed into the central communal hut. Two teams, each with two people, are poised at one end of the room. One person in the team is blindfolded, Read more…

Rainy-day thoughts

Muntjac pop into my head at the oddest times: while drinking coffee with friends, or at the grocery store stocking up on supplies for the week, or while driving my motorbike along the winding streets of Hue, which poses a not-inconsiderable traffic hazard to the other drivers. But most often when I am alone. Like now. It’s early afternoon, the rain is falling steadily, Read more…

Evolutionary artwork

We stepped into the hut. Inside it was cool, damp, and dark. It took a moment for my eyes to adjust, as it does when we step from the brightness of an agricultural clearing into the daytime twilight of the jungle. The inside of the hut was simple like other Katu huts that I have seen. There was a central wooden altar, ringed by ornate blue-and-white patterned vases. Read more…

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