Farewell Noloholo!

Just a short update on a long list of recent events…

Most pressingly, I am leaving Noloholo – tomorrow! Early in the morning I will get on a public bus from the nearby village of Loibor Siret and head in to Arusha, where I will stay for one night. I’ll get to visit with my friend Michael, do some last minute souvenir shopping, and repack for the trip home.

Because of the recent fire at the international airport in Nairobi, which destroyed the international arrivals terminal, my itinerary home now includes a flight to Nairobi on Thursday afternoon, a night at a very nice hotel in Nairobi, and then two flights to Washington, D.C. via Amsterdam. I’m leaving Arusha a day earlier than anticipated because my connection was going to be very tight in Nairobi and I was concerned that any delay would make me miss my connection to Amsterdam.

The past few weeks have been some of the busiest I’ve had in recent memory. Summer camps with well-behaved school kids around the age of 10 or 12, a trip to Tarangire National Park (which I’ll write about soon), and re-designing and launching the new camera study have filled my days to the brim. I’ve absolutely loved it, and have thrown myself into the work because of how fun it was. I was also sick for a few days with the flu, which was not as fun.

And now, quite suddenly it seems, I’m leaving! I came into this summer with the mentality that it was going to be a long time but it passed more quickly than I thought. APW is a very special organization with some great folks leading it and I am very happy to be lucky enough to work here.

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(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: A nocturnal visitor

Our new friend!

Our new friend!

The other night, we had a very special nocturnal visitor: a baby central African rock python! I figured it was worth a short description, so this is a (nearly) Wordless Wednesday post…
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Batik painting in Arusha

After my lovely, refreshing visit with Amy & Bill at the Tarangire Safari Lodge I headed back to Arusha for two nights; APW had a car heading back out to Noloholo and I wanted to tag along for the free ride. So I had a free day in town to run errands and have fun.

The night I arrived in Arusha I was so exhausted that I fell asleep before 9 pm and woke up the next morning around 8. While having breakfast I was joined by APW’s new intern, Deirdre, who had arrived late the night before. Her luggage had been lost, so after eating we went to the airline office to claim her bags and have them sent back to the hotel. And then we met up with Pilipili, the Maasai man who I met when I was first in Arusha, to do a batik painting workshop. It was so. much. fun!
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Dance of the digidigi

When I imagined life as a carnivore researcher at Noloholo, I pictured galavanting around the African savanna with a pair of binoculars in one hand and my other hand pointing out the lions laying under a nearby acacia tree. Sadly, it’s not always like that.
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Second F&ES Blog Post

Just a quick note that my second post for the F&ES Sage Summer Research Blog is up – check it out!

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A mini-safari and a reunion

This past semester I took a course taught by renowned wildlife conservationist Dr. Amy Vedder, who researched and worked to conserve mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Amy and her husband, Bill, were two of the primary figures in the development of the now-booming gorilla tourism industry, and I was very lucky to have the chance to learn from their experiences. When I heard that they would be visiting Tarangire National Park with two friends toward the end of June, I made plans to keep in touch with them in the hopes that we could meet up for a short time. To my delight, it worked out!
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Finally, some progress

So, as is usually the case in the bush, I very quickly went from having nothing to do to having too much to do. Now I have a bit of a break and can post about my recent adventures.
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