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My morning “commute”

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | 1 comment

This morning I told Vera that I would check the box traps at Frankposten and Bergposten…so I made my tea, climbed into the Landcruiser, and took off across the farm. The morning tally was: 15 oryx (gemsbok) 4 oryx calves 50+ black wildebeest 11 sable antelope 15 springbok 5 kudu 2 giraffe 2 steenbok and a whole bunch of horses. Now why don’t I post pictures of everything I saw? Well, I did get pics of the sable and some kudu, but they locked inside my Canon with the big lens at the moment…I’m having some driver issues so I only have this one from the little camera. Sorry. Please follow and like...

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Field scientist Vera Menges in action on a camera trap in Namibia

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | Comments Off on Field scientist Vera Menges in action on a camera trap in Namibia

Here’s a link to a short video featuring Vera, our scientist in Namibia (who is also my working partner for all the Biosphere Expeditions here in Africa). Here she explains about setting up a camera trap: Please follow and like...

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Elephant Encounter on Okambara

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | 3 comments

Last week IZW lead scientist took one of our volunteer groups out to train us on how to use the telemetry equipment. We found them and had a marvelous encounter. Okambara Elephant Lodge is one of three (I believe) farms with elephants on it in Namibia. The rest are on the National Parks. Please follow and like...

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Collaring a leopard

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Africa, Namibia, USA | 1 comment

I have so much to tell you about Namibia (it’s been building up the month I have been here.) But first, the reason we are here: Studying Leopards, Cheetah and Elephants. I am here working for Biosphere Expeditions through the middle of December. I’m the expedition leader, which means that I am in charge of group safety, group dynamics, logistics, and a whole array of other things with a list too long to type! I am working with Vera Menges, who is here researching leopards for her PhD. She also works for Biosphere (she and I together head the group) and her PhD study is in conjunction with IZW of Berlin, Germany. IZW has a compound on Okambara where Biosphere is also based. Yesterday we captured and collared a male leopard–a highlight for the group. He was a whopping...

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Dreaming of Africa

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | 1 comment

Remember I said I’d be making a home somewhere else for a while? Well, I’ve long dreamed of going to Africa…a wild continent full of exotic animals I’ve only previously watched on “Animal Planet”. When you receive this I will be en route! I’ll be working for Biosphere Expeditions, the Non Profit Wildlife Conservation company.  I’ll be leading seven (perhaps eight) groups of volunteers that want to participate in our project studying leopards, cheetahs and elephants. It’s a dream come true for me, combining my love of animals,  wildlife conservation, travel, and people.  Here’s more information on the expedition: if you are curious. This expedition just won a prestigious National Geographic Award (as they are always winning awards for their work around the world) so it’s quite popular at the moment and several of the slots are already...

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