January 18 2014
Mountain gorilla Mubare group

Uganda holiday Jan 2014 trip 1 report

Mountain gorilla photography holiday “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” That sums up the last 10 days for me and in many ways there is nothing else to say. We had 3 Jo’s on this […]

The Shoebill

Shoebill Mabamba swamp Entebbe I’m back in Entebbe for a few days and it would be rude not to visit the nearby Mabamba swamp in search of the Shoebill and an array of other birdlife … internet access is rather slow but here’s a handful of photos from earlier this morning. There’s  more photos of […]

Orangutan mum and baby

Orangutan baby with mother I've been regularly visiting Borneo for many years now for my annual Orangutan Foundation fundraising trips which gives me the opportunity to see many of the baby orangutans grow up. I took the two photos below  exactly four years apart. The first is Tut Tut with her 2 day old baby [...]
November 06 2013
Orangutan photography holiday Borneo

Borneo orangutan trip Nov 2013

Orangutan photography holiday Borneo trip report 28th Oct to 5th Nov 2013 ” This holiday totally exceeded my expectations from the beautiful scenery to the exceptional wildlife encounters. The Orangutan encounters blew my mind … I cried with sheer joy most days ! ” Sonya Jenkins I was slightly nervous about this Orangutan Foundation fundraising trip […]

October 28 2013

Orangutan holiday trip report 2

Borneo orangutan fundraising trip 2: 19th to 26th October 2013 "This week in Borneo was a great experience - the quality of the wildlife encounters were just amazing, a huge privilege to be able to share in their world.  With your on-going easy to understand photo tuition the whole group were able to find a [...]

When monkeys fly

Proboscis monkeys are endemic to Borneo and during my orangutan holidays to Tanjung Puting national park we usually see these primates on a daily basis. You don't have to observe them long without witnessing their spectacular leaps from tree to tree. Hurtling themselves through the air in giant leaps of faith. Here's a few photos [...]
October 10 2013

Orangutan holiday trip report

Orangutans Tanjung Puting- trip report Oct 2013 Thanks to Caroline, Carlos, Tineke, Rosemary, Mark, Paula and Liz for being so lovely and making this a blissful week. My internet access is limited at the mo but there’s a few photos from this trip below (click on any photo to view them larger). As always our […]

Orangutan art

Orangutan art I’m delighted to announce that Sir David Attenborough has signed the drawing below entitled ‘Hanging on’ by wildlife artist Chris Wright. It’s based on one of my photos and will be auctioned at the great ape fundraiser at the Savoy hotel, London on Friday. For more information on Chris Wright’s work please visit […]

Dolphin photos

So here’s the question … I have to pick 1 of my dolphin photos below for a feature and I can’t decide between them so I thought I’d leave it to you … lazy I know but also very democratic. So top or bottom ? @IanWoodphotos

Mountain gorilla numbers rise by 10%

Mountain gorilla numbers I’m currently in Uganda having just completed one of my mountain gorilla holidays which was wildlife tastic and has revealed some extremely positive news for conservation of these iconic animals. Such is the success of efforts to protect mountain gorillas, that their numbers have risen by about 10% since 2010 with the […]

In praise of Proboscis monkeys

In Borneo, Proboscis monkeys are still referred to as ‘Orang Belanda’ which translates as “Dutch man” in Bahasa Indonesian – presumably the early Dutch settlers had large noses, pot bellies and thin red penises. Plenty of people seem to regard these primates as being ugly, but having spent far more time than is healthy with […]

Smile and the world smiles with you

Orangutan smile Exchanging eye contact with any great ape imbues a deep sense of connection … so when this mother and baby orangutan gazed into my eyes it was already a special moment. But then something else happened … they both started displaying emotions which looked like laughter. So here’s the question … are they […]

Bizarre Borneo insects

Borneo insects Orangutans are a keystone species and a symbol for the threatened forests of Borneo and Sumatra. But by default, if we can ensure there is a future for these great apes we also protect a mind boggling array of biodiversity along with preventing hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2 being released into […]

Dolphin Photos

I’ve just finished work on a magazine article about dolphins … here’s a random selection of some of the images. (Scroll down to see more)Dolphins are just one of numerous animals featured in my new book ‘Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas’ which is a coffee table paperback showing where and how to see the world’s […]

Primate day

One of the aims of this years International primate day is to highlight the suffering of primates in laboratories around the world. The first image below is a long tailed macaque – tens of thousands of these primates are still exported for use in experiments.  Scroll down further for a random selection of my images […]

orangutan eye contact

Orangutan eyes They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. Compare the two photos below. The first is a wild orangutan in Borneo and the second is a young orangutan that was found in a palm oil plantation. She’s now in a care centre in southern Borneo and the eyes say it […]

Cheetah cubs

Cheetah cubs have extremely high rates of mortality with only about 1 in 20 making it to adulthood. Most casualties fall victims to predators such as lions and hyenas with the mother’s main defence strategy being to hide her cubs away and move them to a new den every five days or so. When prey […]

Manta ray photo

I’ve been going through some of my manta ray photos and there appears to be an image of Jesus on one ? … always thought they were other worldly creatures.

Lessons of life from my dogs

Lessons of life from my dogs … some random thoughts. 1) Appreciate every encounter as if it’s the very first or last time that you’ll have it. 2) Live in the present, sod the past and don’t worry about the future. 3) No matter what happens in life, just kick some grass over your shit […]

Groups of animal names

Animal group names The collective nouns for groups of some animals are well known – a pride of lions or a herd of buffalo for example. Here I’ve started with my personal favourite top 5 and then below that I’ve listed in alphabetical order the definitive list of animal group names. A shrewdness of apes […]

orangutan photos

Orangutan photography Last week a magazine asked me to pick 10 of my orangutan photos for a feature. Hard really, but these are the ones I chose in the end. Lots of these photos were taken on my Borneo orangutan holidays that I run each year in partnership with the Orangutan Foundation UK.

wildlife photographer of the year 2010 final round

Wildlife photographer of the year finals One of my photos has been selected for the finals of the wildlife photographer of the year 2010 competition in the One Earth award category. The image is of a Sumatran orangutan in the quarantine centre near Medan, N Sumatra. I was trying to capture the difference in the […]

Orangutan information

For information on my orangutan tours to Borneo please click here. There are two different species of orangutans : The Borneo orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii). According to a report published by Oryx, the International Journal of Conservation the current remaining populations are estimated at 6500 in Sumatra and 50,000 in […]

Orangutan twins

Orangutan twins It’s extremely rare that orangutans give birth to twins but in October 2009 an orangutan at Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting national park did give birth to twins and as far I know this is the first time that this has been documented. One baby did die but below is a photo I […]