• Little Red flying fox mum carrying her baby roosting and grooming within the camp. The little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) is a species of megabat native to northern and eastern Australia. With a weight of 280–530 grams it is the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. It has the widest range of all the species, going much further inland than the larger fruit bats. Its diet primarily consists of nectar and pollen of eucalypt blossoms, the pollination of which it is largely responsible. The little red flying fox is nomadic, and can be found in large groups of up to a million individuals. This species gives birth six months later than the other mainland flying fox species, in April and May.

Nature Images Awards 2015 – IUCN 2016 Lauréat Bourse

Paris, 20 December 2015

For his story on the Tolga Bat Hospital and the flying foxes of the Atherton Tablelands, Jürgen Freund wins the 2016 IUCN Prize or lauréat bourse in the 2015 Terre Sauvage/IUCN’s Nature Images Awards. The prize is a fellowship assignment – to shoot a photo story of his choice species identified from an IUCN’s SOS […]

  • Spectacled flying fox  feeding on nectar from flowers of the golden penda.

Fruit Bats!

Yogi and I have been visiting the Tolga Bat Hospital in the Atherton Tablelands, Tropical North Queensland for many many years, working and becoming fast friends with a wonderful woman named Jenny Maclean.

Jenny owns and runs the Tolga Bat Hospital. She has selflessly dedicated her entire time, home and really, her life to take care of these […]

  • Jürgen Freund photographed by Will Robbins

Photographing Great Barrier Reef Mission of the Global Reef Expedition

In 2003, my wife and I immigrated to Far North Queensland, Australia – gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout the years, we take every opportunity to hop on a dive live-aboard or join scientific expeditions to spend as many hours underwater as possible in this great world heritage area.

Joining the Living Oceans Foundation’s Great […]

  • Senior women from the family of the Taukei Namara (The Kingmaker of Naduri) showing their clan folks what they have put together as their presentation or "reguregu". The mats and masi are part of this family's presentation and the women will go to the mou

A Funeral to Remember – Goodbye Paramount Chief Ratu Aisea Katonivere

25 – 27 April 2013 – Naduri, Vanua Levu, Fiji

We started our journey to Macuata Province first and foremost with a traditional sevusevu in Naduri with the Macuata Province Paramount Chief Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere on the 28th of March. It was our very first traditional sevusevu, the first of many to come. After hearing what our noble […]

  • A dive camp in Yadua Island with 20 to 30 divers going to out the Great Sea Reefs scuba diving for beche de mer or sea cucumbers.

Sea Cucumber Hunters of Fiji in the GSR

April 2013 – Kavewa Island, Nukusa Village, Yadua Island

Sea cucumber is a high value, high demand Chinese delicacy that is sought after by Chinese traders buying dried sea cucumbers from all over the world especially in Asia and the Pacific. Sea cucumbers are flexible, elongated echinoderms belonging to the class Holothuroidea.  They live on the sea floor in reefs, lagoons and coastal shallows […]

  • Turtle monitor Peter Qarau catches, tags, measures and releases a green se turtle along with 11 year old Irris and her mom Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific in Yadua Island

Yadua Turtle Monitoring and Irris

20 April 2013

Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager brought her lovely 9 year old daughter Irris to rendezvous with us on Yadua Island – we, coming from Macuata Province and they, coming from Suva. They were joined by Pita Qarau, Turtle Monitor from Yadua Village in Suva and they all took the ferry from Viti Levu to Vanua […]

  • Cyclone Evan mercilessly went through Yadua Village and this leaning house is one of the casualties of the cetegory 5 cyclone.

Yadua Island and Cyclone Evan

19 – 22 April 2013

The 17th of December 2012 will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of Fijians and the memory is unfortunately not a good one. With a maximum wind speed of 270km/hour, Cyclone Evan devastated many villages from northeast Vanua Levu all the way to northwest Viti Levu with more than […]

  • Laitia Tamata of WWF South Pacific and Laitia of University of South Pacific downloads year-long data from the newly retrieved data logger that shows the temperature of the Great Sea Reefs for a year.

WWF and University of South Pacific at work in the Great Sea Reef

April 2013

Our visits to the Fijian villages and the one resort in Macuata Province were made the richer when we were able to document the fieldwork of WWF South Pacific Marine Species Coordinator Laitia Tamata, WWF Labasa staff Koli Musudroka and University of South Pacific Laisiasa Cavakiqali. They were visiting 5 sites in the target reef systems in […]

  • Nukubati Island Resort staff Noma Inai.

Nukubati Island – the Only Resort in Macuata Province’s Great Sea Reef

14 – 18 April 2013

Getting a WWF assignment to document the world’s third largest barrier reef, we needed to make sure we saw the Great Sea Reef from underwater. Nukubati Island Resort is the only resort in the Macuata Province of the GSR who offered diving as well as many other water related activities. Our trusty WWF […]

  • Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager chats with Kia Island village teens.

Kia – The Remote Island Paradise of the Great Sea Reef

10 – 14 April 2013

It was a long 4 hour boat ride from Nukusa Village to Labasa Town where we stayed overnight before heading to Kia Island. We armed ourselves for the next stretch of island village living, quickly shopping for a million little things like Milo, laundry detergent, more mosquito repellent, mosquito coils, junk food and […]