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Sam, Katy, and Noggs in Africa

About us

Hi we’re Sam and Katy, wildlife biologists living in South Africa. From 2011 to 2016 we coordinated the Primate & Predator Project for Durham University and lived in a tent at Lajuma Research Centre in the Soutpansberg Mountains. In 2015, we had a baby who we nicknamed Noggs – don’t worry he has a normal name too. Living in a tent became a bit crowded (babies have a lot of stuff) and new adventures were calling so we moved to Hoedspruit in the lowveld where it is hotter and feels more like living in the Lion King. We have a landrover defender called Mucky.

Sam is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Venda in Limpopo Province, South Africa. He likes gadgets, pies and science, but he hates hippies. He holds a PhD from Durham University, and wrote his thesis on the impact of farm invasions on wildlife in Zimbabwe. You can find him on TwitterInstagram, and Research Gate, or at


Katy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Mpumalanga in South Africa. Katy passed her PhD about brown hyaenas with Durham University  in 2017. She is looking forward to finding some good doctor doctor jokes to go with her new title. She likes giraffes, travel, and ice cream, but she hated Rolf Harris long before the child abuse thing. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Research Gate.


Noggs is a small boy. He likes cars, poo poos, and jumping up and down in muddy puddles, but he hates vegetables.



9 thoughts on “About us

  1. Katy & Sam,
    What a great site, with a a connection to Louis Trichardt and the Lajuma Mountain Retreat it will open up new world for those who follow your sojourn with in Africa and the world. Enjoy and please keep up the photos and understandable whit. Dad- Jack

  2. What an adventure – have a safe & eventfree flight over to SA. and can’t wait to hear about all your adventures…. Love you both…

  3. Have a fantastic time our there 🙂

  4. Katy,
    This is such a great blog! What a great job you and Sam have! You are very fortunate to be able to work at a job you love. Take care and have a great summer!
    From friends of your parents,
    Karen & Michael

  5. Hey you guys!

    I just found this wonderful site of yours. How fantastic!
    Keep on writing and having a good time!

    Lots of love,

  6. Hi, Sam & Katy!
    It’s Lexi (from August). I was wondering if I could have Judy and/or Oldrich’s email addresses? I can’t really find them anywhere. I want to send Judy an email about me collecting school supplies for her Eco-Schools programme 🙂

  7. P.S. my email address is
    Thanks in advance, give love to Gunter!!

    • Hi Alexis,
      did you get Judys or Oldrichs email adress? I have the same problem like you. I was at Lajuma in 2009, and now I was searching for the email-adresses! If somebody hat it, please send it to me!

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