Michael Gallagher, a student, writes for us in this post...
My name is Michael Gallagher, and I helped Nakedi put down camera traps around the Shangoni area recently. I had been in the bush before but always in very controlled areas...usually with no predators. Here is what I learned:
I am a student from Ireland who hopes to continue into the conservation world, so I volunteered with Nakedi. On my first day there, we got up early and headed out into the bush hoping to put down a few good camera traps.
“Is there really such a thing as an ‘Elephant’s Graveyard?’
-Moses, Jackson, MS, U.S.A.
After doing research and consulting with AWF's own 'elephant gurus,' I found that the 'Elephant's Graveyard' is one of the best African 'bush legends’ (the same as 'urban legends' but, set in the African bush) of all time. That being said, it's a pretty good 'legend' as far as legends go.
So, if the 'elephant's graveyard' isn't real, then how did this legend even get started?
After 45 days, Kaizer and I go back to the Pafuri section of Kruger Park. It is great to go back and see what awaits us. I was hopeful we would get lots of leopard pictures. However, I was dreading the drive. The thought of driving 80 kilometres per day to and from the study site (and driving between camera stations) didn't sit well with me. Luckily, the people at Pafuri Camp, run by the Wilderness Safaris, offered us accommodation. This was very good news.
Well, hello there! Sorry for the long drought but I took a bit of a sabbatical. Did you miss me? I hope so 'cuz I sure missed all of you! Let's get back into the swing of things with a new question about one of Africa's greatest wildlife treasures: mountain gorillas.
"A friend and I just saw the movie, Gorillas in the Mist, and I am now obsessed with mountain gorillas. I was reading up on them and briefly saw a mention of a gorilla naming ceremony. Is this true?
The great Kruger Park leopard photographic survey has begun. The thought of covering the whole Park is overwhelming, but exciting at the same time. I now work with Kaizer Mathebula. Kaizer is a trained field guard and he knows the bush very well. On Saturday February 13 we arrived at the Pafuri Section, which is the northern most section of the Park. Along the way we came across a stranded man who was trying to cross into South Africa through the Park. He asked us for water but we didn’t have any and said we would take him to the authorities who would in turn help him.