Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island

Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island

Somehow, by hook or crook, my tale of adventure with Komodo dragons on Rinca Island in Indonesia managed to win a silver prize for animal encounter in the Solas Best Travel Writing of 2014. I’ve been wanting to win won of these and make it into the annual book...

Welcome to the Jungle

In three wide swings with its massive arms, the orangutan I had been observing from a distance closed the gap between us and landed in the tree beside me with a thud. It was so close, I could hear it breathing. Just as when I encountered the backcountry grizzly bear...

Orangutans and Tourists at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

After being attacked by monkeys a few times already, even here in Malaysia, I’m not normally too thrilled at the prospect of going in search of them. It’s not that I don’t think they are cute, it’s that one scratch from their poo-flingers or...

Tioman Island

A large monkey stepped out on the trail in front of me and showed me some nasty teeth.  I could hear the rest of his clan making their moves around me getting into position. Not again. I reached down to grab a nearby stick and he made his move to grab my water bottle....

Man Eating Lizards on Rinca Island — Finally!

Update: I actually won a Solas Best of Travel Writing award for my experience with the Komodo dragons on Rinca Island. (it’s a better read than below) “Hissssss….” I was staring down a full sized female Komodo dragon just a few feet from her...