photo-collection-homeA Brief Background

Most of the 400 or so enlargeable photgraphs on this website were taken in West Africa, principally in Nigeria and Cameroon, during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They feature many animal species native to that region as well as people and locations; they tell the story of my work and life in West Africa. In 1957 I went to Cameroon with Gerald Durrell, a trip subsequently described by Durrell in his book ‘A Zoo in my Luggage’.  I then spent from 1963 to 1979 developing the Zoological Garden at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  Click on the headings at the top of this page to explore this website further. 

September 2016:  two short stories are now available on this website:-  One, ‘The Leigh Woods Python’,  is a story about a Royal Python from Nigeria that lived with me in Bristol, England, for more than 25 years.  The second and most recently completed story is ‘The Christmas Gorillas’ which relates how, on Christmas morning 1970, two gorillas reacted to my visiting them while still dressed in my Father Christmas costume.  These stories can be read onscreen here, or can be downloaded and printed on white paper for easier reading at leisure.  Simply click on the above button ‘Kings, Pythons and Other Tales’ then click on item 2 The Leigh Woods Python’ or item 4 ‘The Christmas Gorillas’.

Please note:-  the enlargeable images on this website are designed to display on a desktop or  laptop computer screen;  they may not display in the same way on a tablet or mobile.

Bob Golding, Bristol, England, 2016.