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Life changing experience at the University of Oxford

From arriving here five months ago, being introduced to all the wonderful people at WildCRU (great bunch of dedicated people) getting stung by nettles (in a touch rugby match), catching chicken pox (which was thought to be swine flu), and going on with the studies, studying at the University of Oxford has been a great experience. I find this place fascinating and rich of history. The landscapes and meadows look like they were painted by one talented landscape artist. I was shocked to learn that a 200 year old building is considered young around here.

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Studying Conservation

  • 10/13/09
  • Erin
“I am a university student from Zambia trying to obtain my Ph.D. in animal ecology.  Is there any grant or scholarship you offer that can help me with payment for school?” -Jeremiah, Karasburg, Zambia, Southern Africa Yes! AWF is committed to improving the capacity of Africans for conservation management in Africa. For African nationals seeking their Masters or Ph.D.

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A Window to the Heart

  • 09/11/09
  • Erin

A friend and I were recently watching a program about baboons and she mentioned that she heard of a baboon that has a heart on the outside of its body. Is there really a baboon in Africa with a heart on the outside of its body,  or was my friend pulling my leg?

--Anne, Harrisburg, PA, U.S.A.

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Leopard Sightings in the Kruger

I wanted to give you a quick update while Nakedi is away: after a long time of not finding any leopards, and getting very discouraged, I was thrilled recently to get some great data on the leopards that use the concesson. A few of the camera traps at different times captured three different leopards--two males and a female. After encountering only tracks for the longest time, and wondering whether even these were just tricks of the eye, it was a great relief to see lepoards alive and well for the purposes of the project. The elephants of Kruger, though, are not so great for the project.

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What's in a Name?

  • 08/14/09
  • Erin

“I recently discovered that a group of rhinos isn’t called a herd, like other animals such as elephants, but a crash. This got me to thinking: where do names for groups of animals come from? How do scientists come up with these kinds of names?”

--James, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.

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