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Jul 27, 2016 - Shifted camp to West Tsavo National Park

We thought viewing view from east Tsavo lodge windows was great. Nothing compared to having watering holes in the front. took better photos of larger number of baboons. But babies not so visible Good for viewing, for keeping insects down, but not so good for seeing what you were eating! And lots of animals came in; giraffes baboons monkeys gazelles zebras.. Other animals come later. We were asked if we wanted a wake up call if other animals came in. We opted only for the cats. A call came around 2. I answered with one word. Hung up...

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Jul 25, 2016 - On safari. The trip there and back

We had decided on a safari that required driving. It was admittedly cheaper but we also thought we would like to see more of the villages and countryside. First day set off at 7 (ish!) Got to the gate to east Kosovo national mark around midday. To the lodge at 2.30. lunch over but they still fed us. Mark works with Muslims and Christians. Muslims wonder why Christians don't have more wives. It would stop them having affairs. Muslims also wonder why there are so many different Christian religions. Every time a new American evangelist...

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Nov 10, 2009 - Last Day of Data Entry for Tsavo East National Park

Today was our final full day of data collection in Tsavo East National Park on our Earthwatch expedition. We all gathered at the vans, mixed up the teams one more time and prepared to head out. As we left the lodge, the words of our guides were ringing in our ears: “You have been trained!” and it felt like the last of the 9th inning as we wanted to catch up on all those missing elephants that we previously could not locate. We had perfected our craft on how to collect the data properly and efficiently so we fired up the GPS, strapped on our...

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Nov 9, 2009 - Day 3 of data collection in Tsavo National Park

We traveled again to the northern part of the park and the Galana River, searching in different sectors/grids for the elephants. Our data so far has been very helpful to Dr McKnight, even though we aren’t seeing the 1000 elephants that she expected. On our way to our destination, we had the opportunity to witness a pride of lions asleep under some trees very close to the road. They were so tired (or we were so early) that the noise from our land rover barely interested them. This was our first up close and personal encounter with these...

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Nov 8, 2009 - Second day of data collection at Tsavo

We were off again at 7:30 am for an all day data collecting expedition. Dr McKnight has given us our plan for the day which was to reach the Galana River at the northern area of the park. This was going to be a very long day and not for the faint of heart so we shuffled the people again and headed on our way. As mentioned previously, collecting this data is extremely intricate and every detail is important to the research that has already happened so we knew we had to stay on task, collect the data and then if there still was time, take a...

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Nov 7, 2009 - Our first day of surveillance in Tsavo Wildlife Park

Hello, this is Dale. We began our day with a commotion at breakfast. The lodge manager began chasing a monkey around the tables and chairs. He had grabbed a china saucer from a table and was aiming to hurl it just as the monkey decided to exit out one of the roof openings. The entire lodge is open to the outside so other wildlife has entered from time to time also. Carol and I are managing pretty well with the mosquitoes but there are other insects that can be disconcerting, such as the 3-inch long centipedes and beetles the-size-of-crabs...

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Nov 5, 2009 - Survey of Tsavo National Park East boundary

Today’s tactic was to survey the boundary of Tsavo East National Park, documenting with the guidelines we were given during our training: 1) Water sources (whether natural or artificial, due to leaks in the water pipeline that runs through the park) 2) Elephant sightings along with exact size of herd, sex of those present and their approximate ages 3) Recording of elephant behavior: whether they were feeding or interacting with other elephants, being threatened or fleeing due to us or some other type of interaction. 4) Wildlife...

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Nov 4, 2009 - Rukinga data collection - day 2

Back to Rukinga and today we decided to mix up the teams so Dale and I finally were separated (I’m sure many were happy with this as we have been dressing as twins over the past 2 days and some were having trouble telling us apart.) It was great to mix up the teams so we could learn more about each other, plus some of us have better hearing and sight, which is a real plus. The temperature rose to nearly 100 degrees but it didn’t feel that hot when the van kept moving. We made frequent stops, scouring the savannah for elephants but came up...

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Nov 3, 2009 - First day of our expedition

Everyone was on time and ready to go in their newly purchased safari clothing and hats as if the price tags were just yanked from the clothing before they arrived. We were quite a site as we boarded the Land Rovers on our first day of recording data on elephants. We drove for about 30 minutes and then entered Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary. The top of the vehicle was popped up, binoculars and cameras strapped to our necks, as we were given safety instructions and then told to start looking for elephants. During the next 8 hours, we experienced...

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Nov 2, 2009 - Elephant and Expedition Training

Hello. Dale here. Obviously my experiences during this trip are the same as Carol but I think she is a better writer. I will now give you my interpretation of today and then you will see why I have asked her to compose most of the blogs. Today we had “Elephant 101” class with Dr. Barbara McKnight. While Barbara lectured about Tsavo, elephants, and the importance of this research we also watched 2 large geckos scampering around on the wall beside the screen. At break, the hotel trainer came into the ladies room with a dozen new male...

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Nov 1, 2009 - Journey to Tsavo East National Park

The 8 Earthwatch volunteers gathered at 8 AM to greet our guides, load our gear and start the 6 hour drive to Tsavo National Park to start our expedition. We only traveled about 20 minutes when we had a flat tire so we got to experience the local countryside and thorny acacia bushes while the 2 guides changed the tire from our vehicle. After this short, unexpected stop, we were back on our way, anxious to get to our final destination. We traveled approximately 10 minutes, when another tire blew out, thus forcing us to stop again. We were...

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