Tommy Trenchard

Originally from rural Dorset, Tommy began his career as a freelance writer and photographer in 2012 after graduating with a masters in African Studies and relocating to Freetown, Sierra Leone. In the ten years since, he has covered a hugely diverse range of stories around the world from the war against ISIS in Iraq to penguins in peril in South Africa. Since writing his first story for Geographical in 2018, he has reported for the magazine from eight different countries.


The rise of life-changing social circuses

The rise of life-changing social circuses

May 30, 2022
Zip zap circus in South Africa is one of a growing number of ‘social circuses’ that is transforming the lives of marginalised youths
South Africa’s plant poaching epidemic

South Africa’s plant poaching epidemic

May 4, 2022
In South Africa, a new wave of poaching has taken off, but this time it isn’t big cats, elephants or rhinos, but tiny succulent plants
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