Tag Archives: wildlife

Pre-Safari Interviews with Tanzanian Villagers: an NGO’s Environmental Ed Project

I’m holding Abeli’s waist as we weave around potholes and pass bright green rice fields. Our task for the day is to interview the eight residents from a nearby village who were randomly selected to participate in tomorrow’s Safari. Finding the villagers quickly becomes an adventure. We show the sheet of paper listing names to a […]

As the Kids Grow Up: Orphan Baboons Find a Forever Family

I’m back at the baboon rehab center in South Africa. When I was here a few years ago, the babies were Mica, Oscar and Pippin. They’ve since grown into big kids happily playing and foraging with their baboon families in big “semi-wild” enclosures. The enclosures are on plots of regular African land with an electric […]

What You Won’t Hear Me Say on Facebook

Since I started telling people that I’ll be in Africa for two months this Spring, I’ve been floating some concerns in my head. This list grows as people contribute their opinions and I sign waivers to email overseas. Since social media is disproportionately “my life is awesome” anecdotes, the messy parts of our lives get overlooked […]

Fall in Love and Cut Everyone Some Slack

The past few weeks I’ve spent 20+ hours a day loving animals. Eating and yoga were my only daily activities without them. (Yes, I slept with them.) Moments from this animal sanctuary will play on the highlight reel at my deathbed. There were 30-45 other volunteers. Since this blog is designed to help me build love […]