James Kydd

In September 2014 we published a bizarre sequence of camera trap photographs taken by Wildlife ACT volunteers  showing a creature called a large-spotted genet riding on the back of both a white rhino and two different Cape buffaloes. The same genet, a small nocturnal animal that resembles a mix between a cat and a mongoose,...

“Life in us is like the water in a river.” Henry David Thoreau The Okavango is the beating heart of Africa, home to an estimated 50% of the world’s elephants, most of the world’s hippo, and crucial populations of many other keystone species. There is no wilder place on earth: this is the Africa of...

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi Earlier this month many of us, delighting in the tradition of fresh starts, aligned the 1st of January with change in...

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he perceives to be...

Editor’s note: James Kydd is the creator and editor of the blog rangerdiaries.com and a professional safari guide. A type of catlike creature called a genet has been spotted catching a ride on the backs of buffalo and white rhinos, new camera trap pictures reveal. As cameras, social media, and technology advance, more and more wildlife...

Wilderness. By definition it is an uncultivated, inhospitable region, uninhabited by man. A place without artificiality. A place free of the constructs of our societies. It is where the prophets of some of mankind’s great religions were said to go for understanding. It is a place where every step has a consequence, and everything is in balance....

One of Earth’s most influential keystone species may be disappearing at a rate of one every 15 minutes. This is a tribute to these giants and the way they have touched the lives of those of us lucky enough to have watched the water spill from their trunks and heard their gentle thunder. Let us...