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. 

August 2016:  a new short story is now available on this website:-  The Leigh Woods Python’ is a short story about a Royal Python from Nigeria that lived with me in Bristol, England, for more than 25 years.  This story can be read onscreen here, or can be downloaded and printed for easier reading.  Simply click on the above button ‘Kings, Pythons and Other Tales’ then click on the link to item 2 The Leigh Woods Python’.

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.