Who are you?
Nick Radford. A thirty-something, biological sciences graduate. I lived most of my life in the south-west of Britain running small-to-medium sized businesses and dabbling in politics. It was great, a wonderful part of the world and I have the best family you could hope for, but it was time to fledge the nest and migrate south in search of adventure and that elusive life concept… the sense of doing something ‘meaningful’.
Ok, and so what are you doing now?
Living in one of the most remote corners of Africa – the northern Congo Basin. I help to create and manage wildlife conservation programs, most of which focus on Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park – the largest patch of totally pristine, virgin tropical lowland rainforest in Africa.
Originally starting out as a volunteer in Dzanga-Sangha in the Central African Republic, tracking lowland gorillas through the rainforest everyday, I then began working for the Wildlife Conservation Society (one of world’s largest conservation organisations). Spent 3 years on the management team of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, before moving into a fundraising and programme development role.
And why are you doing it?
Have always loved the natural world and a good adventure. Feel very strongly about protecting nature, saving the world’s wild places from being destroyed and stopping the slaughter of animals. Its good to engage with some of the biggest, most difficult and most important challenges that the planet faces today.
Why is the name of the blog “Run Wild”?
I guess it comes from the fact that I’m an avid runner. I think running is one of the most primal activities you can do and I think it connects us with the reality that we are animals just like any other. Also, allowing all the other wild animals to run wild is kind of the objective.
But, where are the blog posts?
I wrote posts fairly regularly for the first two years out here and then stopped for a while. On re-reading the old posts a few years later, while they were of course a valid record of my experiences at the time, I realised that in the context of what I know now, they were a little narrow in scope – so, along with a bunch of ideas for future posts, they are currently ‘under review’.
In the meantime, if you want to connect please use the links on the right – particularly if you are interested in ecotourism opportunities in the Congo Basin.