The wildlife of Africa

Paul Carpenter

Life in the Rainforest
West Midlands
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £50 plus mileage. For Zoom £40
14th September 2020
Nature | Travel

This talk looks at my field trips to Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, and Sao Tome. It covers the difficulties of transport accommodation and sometimes just finding somewhere to eat. We see the Ngorongoro crater, Victoria Falls and stand on the equator on the tiny island of Sao Tome in the gulf of Guinea. We find Africa's largest tarantula the King Baboon spider, and find endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Africa is a hard place to travel and sometimes all we have booked is our first nights accommodation and a hire car. We get to see the real Africa and some of its amazing wildlife.

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About Paul Carpenter

Life in the rainforest was set up both to give rain forest and mini-beast workshops to primary school age children, using live creatures and to give talks and lectures to clubs, groups and societies of all ages. I have been keeping and breeding a variety of invertebrates since the age of 5, and take these creatures into the classroom to give the children a real hands on experience. Over the last 20+ years I have travelled to the rain forests of South and Central America, Africa and Asia, to study Tarantula spiders in their natural habitat. During these field trips we have discovered a number of species new to science. I have a keen interest in all fauna and have thousands of images of the animals and invertebrates seen on these trips. I was a local authority pest control officer for most of my working life but am now semi retired and run Life in the Rainforest as a sole trader.

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