'Goosepimples in Africa' is a series of illustrated talks which I presented to schools, clubs, societies, organisations, etc. between 1998 and 2014 in order to raise funds and awareness for The Gorilla Organization, The Born Free Foundation, The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and a rural village community in Botswana.  Sadly, for a number of reasons, I am no longer taking bookings, but information on these pages may still be of interest.  

 

In 1984, I set up a local fundraising group for WWF (World Wildlife Fund as it was then) and after visiting mountain gorillas began fundraising for their protection ten years later.  This led to my illustrated talks, first of all for The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund UK (now known as The Gorilla Organization) and then to include the other causes described above. 

 

2014 therefore marked a special anniversary for me as it was thirty years since I began twisting people's arms for conservation and animal welfare issues in general and twenty years since I became a Regional Volunteer for The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund UK/Gorilla Organization.  Huge thanks to the many organisations and individuals who, over the years, have made generous donations of money, art works, cakes, raffle prizes, etc., etc., all of which have helped the causes detailed on these pages. 

 

I will continue to support these charities in different ways.  I have made photo-books of my experiences in Africa, which have turned out to be much admired, so who knows, could they lead to a proper published book?  If so, be assured any royalties will go to relevant causes.

 

Marlane (Phred) Newbury

Born in Hereford, England (quite a long time ago), I was brought up with a great respect for animals and the natural world, but it was a book about 'the jungle' read as a child which fired my imagination and started a lifelong love for Africa. Since 1987, I have visited Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic, Gabon, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and also the island of Madagascar (okay, not Africa, but it's a large island to the East of the great continent).
I now live in Evesham, Worcestershire, in the Midlands of England. Since 1998 I have given hundreds of illustrated lectures for Schools, Women's Institutes, Rotary, Probus and Friendship Clubs, etc., raising funds and awareness by showing photographs and films of my travels. My presentations were not scientific, but set up to be entertaining yet at the same time informative with 100% of any contributions going to relevant causes. This being my way of thanking the people and animals of Africa for giving me many thrilling experiences, or as I like to describe it "GOOSEPIMPLES IN AFRICA"
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