The Lafupa Pride - here showing two of the three females we witnessed stalking a mixed herd of zebra and hartebeast. The lady in the back is likely pregnant, and didn't take part in the hunting activities, choosing to stay in the nice shade instead! This hunt was unsuccessful.
The lions are nearly invisible out here, with their coloration as well as their behavior. They can be bedded down in the grass, taking a siesta...and you can drive right up to them without a response. So if you decide you need to stop and take a pee, and you didn't detect them, you may regret it.
I've spent the past week getting prepped for my next little gig...a return to the Antarctic! I'm pretty ecstatic to be returning for my 4th round. One can never go enough times, particularly to study these cute little guys:
Tearing apart my dufflebag of winter gear stuffed in the deep recesses of the closet (oh, that delightful smell of old polypro and fusty gloves!), waterproofing and treating my 8-year-old pack boots to fend off the salty ice and water, prepping a "town" bag and a "camp" bag (nice to have duplicated toiletries, towel, shoes, etc. so one does not have to pack for town, then pack for camp, then pack for town throughout the season), asking myself, "should I bring my crocs?" (and then remembering that someone once told me that if I ask that question, the answer is always yes), finding out that I do NOT have enough socks for the season, contemplating what clothing items I am OK with ultimately smelling like a seal (I cannot come up w…
The challenge: pack almost 50 VHF collars in checked luggage along with all our personal items, staying under the required weight (50 lbs), and not getting arrested because we appear to be smuggling expensive items into the country to be sold! The line of collars in the far back are for wild dog and cheetah, the middle row collars for lions and hyenas, the front collars for wildebeest.
Many already know, but for those who don't, I successfully completed my Master's degree at Montana State University (what a relief!), and have accepted a position with the Zambian Carnivore Programme, where I'll be stationed in Kafue National Park studying most of the animals that are capable of eating me. I'm leaving May 19th, and will be in Zambia for approximately 7 months, returning in December-ish (with a quick return in Aug for my roommates', Aaron and Amber's, wedding!).
Stay tuned for more....