Thu 31 Mar-Black Thursday

We started out the morning walking the 2B’s. We tried to get them hunting and took them near the impala but they weren’t very interested as usual. We scored painting Ngamo poles in the hot sun next and broke the record by painting 27 poles. We were rewarded after lunch by getting Bomas. Usually this…

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Wed 30 Mar-School visit

Today I spent the first 3 sessions at a local school while John stayed behind to do 2Bs walk and a bunch of animal poo shovelling jobs. We drove out to the school and were given a quick tour. The school is the oldest in Zimbabwe and many of the rooms are utilized as classrooms…

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Tue 29 Mar- Off morning

This morning we had off. I opted to jump on a walk with the MKs as we don’t get to walk them very often. It was quite cool this morning and there was mist on the river. There were a bunch of clients so didn’t get many photos but they were definately in a posing…

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Mon 28 Mar-Intro to Birds

After yesterday’s early start we decided to skip today’s 4am trip to hear the lions roar to catch up on some much needed sleep. We started our morning with an introduction to the birds around Antelope Park. There’s quite a few plovers around but they are a completely different colour and don’t have the hooks…

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Sun 27 Mar-Cultural Day

This morning started at 4 am with a day encounter. We took the trucks and the 3Ks out in the morning to find some game. They were hungry as their food had been withheld for a few days. We came across a few impala in the distance and they did a bit of stalking but…

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Sat 26 Mar-Orphanage Day

We started the morning with a walk with the 2B’s. They seemed quite docile this morning and were happy to pose for photos. 2nd session we headed off to the orphanage and played with the kids for an hour or so. John became a jungle gym and we did lots of aeroplanes and skin the…

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Fri 25 Mar-Duty day

Now that we’ve done all the fun intro activities, today we have a few more duties. We start the day with a walk with the 2B’s. They decide to head left straight out of the pen and soon we can see the other group walking the MK’s. The handlers eventually get them back on track….

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Thu 24 Mar-A day of research

Today we’re on research duty with Ray. The morning session we headed out and found the pride at the release site. Milo is a massive and impressive looking lion. The lionesses get a bit upset and he comes running back to calm the group. They spend most of their time this morning laying down in…

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Wed 23 March-A day with the horses

Today is horse induction day – 3 sessions with the horses. First up we did horse management which entailed grooming the horses. We were lucky to get the mares and their foals to brush. The mum’s were quite friendly and the babies were very inquisitive. Then we helped brush down a bunch of other horses….

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Arrived in South Africa

We have successfully made it to Johannesburg after only two slight hiccups on our planes, making the total journey a mere 24 hours door to door. Tomorrow we are presenting a session on visualising natural disasters using .net if you are around the Microsoft South Africa Office at 2:30pm.

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A well-deserved break

So we’re taking a bit of a break on a holiday to Africa, so you’ll have to excuse the forthcoming holiday pics until we return to our regularly scheduled program of work-related blog posts. For those that are interested in our holiday adventures I’ll be grouping our blog posts into the sections below:   South…

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