A 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.
In January 2017 I started writing what will be a collection of true short stories based on my work and experiences in West Africa. The stories I have completed so far are now available on this website, are illustrated with many photographs and are regularly reviewed and updated where helpful. In ‘The Absent Elephant’ (19 pages) I discuss the two African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden, Nigeria, the only forest elephants I have ever seen. ‘The Leigh Woods Python’ (12 pages) is a story about a royal python from Nigeria that lived with me in Bristol, England, for more than 25 years. ‘The Christmas Gorillas’ (14 pages, updated January 2017) relates how, on Christmas morning 1970, two gorillas reacted to my visiting them while still dressed in my Father Christmas costume. The most recent story, entitled ‘The Green Mamba’ (February 2017, 14 pages), tells how a zoo keeper was bitten by a green mamba, not in the Zoo but while he was out and about, and came close to death after being treated with the wrong antivenom. To read any of these four short stories, or to download and print them, simply click on the above button ‘Short Stories’, then select the story you want.
Please note:- the enlargeable images in the photo galleries 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, 2017.