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Wedding Warrior

  • 09/15/08
  • Paul

Sorry for the hiatus - I'm back, and want to share a story best told in photos. A few weekends ago, I had the honor of being the Assistant Best Man in a traditional Samburu wedding near Wamba, Kenya. The groom, Jeremiah, is a wildlife scout I met while visiting Shivani's lion research and conservation project.

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Visiting East African Carnivore Projects

Towards the end of August I visited other AWF’s large carnivore projects. The idea was that I could learn from other well established projects and see how different/similar land-use practices between East Africa and South Africa are. The projects include the lion project in the Maasai Steppe Heartland (Tanzania) and the wild dog project in the Samburu Heartland (Kenya).

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Follow Me On Twitter

  • 08/19/08
  • Paul

Do any of you use Twitter? I’m exploring connecting with AWF supporters and conservation partners through Twitter, which is a network where people keep each other posted on what they're doing at the moment.

Thanks to my smart phone (a blessing and a curse), I can send quick updates on my adventures and AWF news directly from the field.

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The Delicate and Mighty

  • 08/13/08
  • Paul

“There is a mystery behind that masked gray visage, an ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome an enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea.”

-- Peter Matthiessen on elephants from “The Tree Where Man Was Born”

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A Typical Afternoon in the 'Office'

11:00am: I take the research car and go and upload pictures from the cameras. I’m unsettled at this stage because I’m alone. I get to the first camera station. I get out of the car, pick up the stones that lay right next to the car and throw them in to the nearest thickets and wait. At this point I’m standing at the door in the Nakedi’s Ready Position: “if something so much as growls from that thicket, I will dive in to the open door and lock myself in,” I make a mental note. Nothing growls and nothing moves, so I take the laptop, walk towards the camera and start uploading pictures.

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