Cherie Davies and Clive Bennett

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Cherie has a long held interest in wild life which places it high in her memories of travelling. While her early travels were mainly around Europe, once Clive retired in 1993 they embarked on a series of world wide trips which provided opportunities for seeing a large range of animals in their natural habitat.

In 1994 near the end of their trip to China they were in Guilin, famous for the limestone mountain scenery along the Li River and the Cormorant night fishermen with birds perched on the gas-lit bamboo rafts. The cormorants are trained to dive into the river and after catching a fish return to the boat where the fisherman removes the fish. The bird is prevented from swallowing the fish by a ring that is placed around its neck. Once a traditional way of life it is now for environmental reasons largely done as a demonstration for tourists -  and of course some photos.

                                                         Li River, Guilin, China : Cormorant fisherman

On the way to visit the Taj Mahal during their visit to India in 1995 they stopped at Akbar's Tomb in Sikandra and found the site swarming with monkeys happy to pose for the camera. Later just outside their hotel in Agra they encountered a snake charmer – again with the inevitable photo.

Two days later they were on an excursion to the vast Keoladeo National Park bird sanctuary and former royal game reserve close to the ancient city of Bharatpur.  The park’s woods and man-made wetlands protect over 350 species of migratory and resident birds, including herons, cormorants and eagles.

India: inquisitive monkey - Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandra,      snake charmer- Agra                      Keoladeo bird sanctuary, Bharatpur

Cows are sacred animal for the majority of India’s Hindu community and it’s normal to see them amble unmolested in traffic-choked streets in addition, while horse drawn vehicles faded from use in western Europe many years ago the use of animals is still common in India and it is possible to be confronted with an elephants, buffalo or even camels being used for every day work.

Two years later in Peru on the road to Arequipa they were confronted by a small herd of Llamas and a few days later on a visit to the Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman they were able to get up close to a tame Condor and another photo for Cherie

On their way home from Peru they stopped for short break in Aruba in the West Indies where Cherie befriended a local Iguana .

In 1997 they were on holiday in Zimbabwe where they visited the Bally Vaughan Game Park for their first experience of African wild life.




                         Zebra                                                   Elephants

Then next day at Victoria Falls they visited a crocodile farm and Cherie was [with some trepidation] able to handle a baby Dwarf Crocodile

Later that year in Egypt while staying in Luxor, they were invited to visit a local village away from the usual tourist attractions.  There they saw everyday use of camels as working animals. Something of a contrast to the camels normally used by tourists visiting the Pyramids.

For animal lovers the ultimate dream [and memory once achieved] is probably a safari to one of the worlds most prestigious reserves and in 2004 Cherie decided to go on a full African safari in Kenya. First to Nairobi then on to the iconic Governor’s Camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. [click for Maasai Mara photos album].

After that she flew on to Zanzibar for a few days on the beech but even there found wild life near the hotel small Red Colobus monkey


In June 2005 Cherie flew out to Hammamett on the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia and while most of the time was spent relaxing in the sun she also embarked on a four day safari visiting the Troglodyte cave dwellings at Matmata before heading out into the sand dunes of the Sahara desert, crossing the Chott El Jerid salt lake to Tozeur to the oases of Chebika and Tamerza and befriending a small lizzard.

Two years later she decided  to fly to Borneo to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre which provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated orangutans as well as dozens of other wildlife species.  Around 60 to 80 orangutans live independently in the reserve and approximately 25 orphans are housed in the nurseries.

In Cancun, Mexico in 2011 Cherie took the opportunity to swim with Dolphins and also photograph Coati, Iguanas and Pelican







              Leopard in tree                                                             Warthog




       Gnu [Wilderbeest]                                                    Impala




                                             Zimbabwe: Crocodile farm

                                                                           Zanzibar: Red Rebus monkey

                   Borneo - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre




Cherie’s memories of [mainly] wild life