James Hopkirk
Our hitchhiker Ashabi, with a captive gelada baboon in Kete, on the road to Durba, just north of Addis Ababa. 

Our hitchhiker Ashabi, with a captive gelada baboon in Kete, on the road to Durba, just north of Addis Ababa. 

Cheeky kids by the roadside, on the drive from Addis to Harar. 

Cheeky kids by the roadside, on the drive from Addis to Harar. 

Old Town, Harar - the fourth holiest city of Islam. Harar’s ancient, walled Old Town dates back to the 10th century and contains an estimated 80-90 mosques in just 60 hectares. 

Old Town, Harar - the fourth holiest city of Islam. Harar’s ancient, walled Old Town dates back to the 10th century and contains an estimated 80-90 mosques in just 60 hectares. 

Spice vendor, Harar market. 

Spice vendor, Harar market. 

Best friends, lunchbreak, Harar. 

Best friends, lunchbreak, Harar. 

Kid, Old Town, Harar. 

Kid, Old Town, Harar. 

Street football, Harar, dusk. 

Street football, Harar, dusk. 

Dusk, Harar.

Dusk, Harar.

The famous Hyena Man of Harar has built enough trust with the local population of spotted hyenas that toursits are able to feed them by hand - and mouth. Yes, this is a very touristy experience, but it’s a great one - and as far as I could tell, it doesn’t harm anyone or anything: the hyenas live in the wild but are habituated; they don’t attack people and people don’t attack them; the hyenas get fed; the Hyena Man makes a living; the tourists get up close and personal with a large predator and walk away with a great new Facebook profile photo. What’s not to like?  

The famous Hyena Man of Harar has built enough trust with the local population of spotted hyenas that toursits are able to feed them by hand - and mouth. Yes, this is a very touristy experience, but it’s a great one - and as far as I could tell, it doesn’t harm anyone or anything: the hyenas live in the wild but are habituated; they don’t attack people and people don’t attack them; the hyenas get fed; the Hyena Man makes a living; the tourists get up close and personal with a large predator and walk away with a great new Facebook profile photo. What’s not to like?  

The mutual respect between man and hyena in Harar does not extend as far as the city’s canine population, who regularly scrap with these large, powerful predators - and the hyenas often come off the worse for wear. 

The mutual respect between man and hyena in Harar does not extend as far as the city’s canine population, who regularly scrap with these large, powerful predators - and the hyenas often come off the worse for wear. 

Tracking reblogs and notifications - an open letter to Tumblr

Dear Tumblr,

I’m a longtime Tumblr user and I very much enjoy using your site. However, one limitation that I find increasingly frustrating is that when my photos are reblogged by other Tumblr users I’m not notified and the subsequent likes/reblogs are not displayed on my blog.

For example, this photo of a baby bonobo that I took in Congo has 6 notes on it:
http://jameshopkirk.tumblr.com/post/959403586/a-baby-bonobo-born-at-lola-ya-bonobo-sanctuary

However, through googling I found my photo had been reblogged on hundreds of other Tumblrs - all crediting me correctly, for which I’m very grateful. For example, the same photo has more than 1,300 notes on this blog:
http://theanimalblog.tumblr.com/post/16065973121/by-james-hopkirk

I’m delighted that people have reblogged my work - but considering the fact that this is all taking place within Tumblr, I can’t understand why the reblogs/likes don’t show up on my blog. And why don’t I get a notification every time it happens? What’s the point in all this reblogging if the original poster has no idea it’s going on and gets none of the positive feedback displayed on their own Tumblr?

I love Tumblr, but tracking these reblogs and likes more effectively would give people like me, who post the original content on your site that in turn drives reblogging activity, the recognition we deserve. It would also make me a far more active user if I was being notified every time someone interacted with my work, wherever on Tumblr it took place.

Thanks,

James Hopkirk - http://jameshopkirk.tumblr.com

Cape Verde 2013

For more photos from Santo Antao, Sao Vicente and Boavista in Cape Verde, visit www.jameshopkirk.com

Mindelo, the capital of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde, at dusk. 

Mindelo, the capital of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde, at dusk. 

Wreck of the Leopard, dawn, with Mindelo in the background. 

Wreck of the Leopard, dawn, with Mindelo in the background. 

Taxi driver at dusk, Mindelo, Sao Vicente. 

Taxi driver at dusk, Mindelo, Sao Vicente.