Monday, May 4, 2009

The Next Big Adventure

Although my post-graduation depression will already be setting in, I still have one big adventure to look forward to! In June, my friend Leslie and I will be traveling to Livingstone, Zambia to participate in a lion rehabilitation and release program!! I am SO excited! Our trip will take us to London for 2 days, Zambia for 2 weeks for the program, and then Cape Town, South Africa for a relaxing 3 days on the beautiful beaches!

This is a video that shows a little bit of what we'll be doing:

And here is an example of a typical day for me while at the program:

06h15: You will be collected by your project manager and driven out to the lion project base at Thorn Tree lodge located within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. This is a 10 minute drive.

06h30 – 09h00: Meet your guide and their clients and join them for a lion walk, taking cubs from 4 months to 18 months out into the bush. Watch and take data capture recordings as the cubs practice their hunting skills on the many game species they encounter.

09h00 - 10h00: Breakfast.

10h00 - 12h00: One group might head off to a nearby school to begin the day’s Conservation Education classes - sometimes there are up to 60 kids in a class! Chaotic but fun! The other group will be cleaning or feeding the cubs, or driving into the National Park to conduct a game census.

12h30 - 14h00: Lunch back in Livingstone town at our volunteer base.

14h30 - 17h:00: Your afternoon duties could include a snare sweep before an afternoon lion walk.

18h45: Briefing by your project manager about the following days activities.

Evening: The volunteers socialize at dinner from 19h00 at our volunteer base. On some nights volunteers venture off into Livingstone town to experience the night life of this tourist mecca. For others you may be camping out at a water hole to watch the African Bush come alive at night - you may spot the rarely seen Aardvark, known as the “earth pig”.

If you want to read more on what we'll be doing, here's the link!

I'm hoping that maybe I'll have my own Christian the Lion experience, to the tune of "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston and all!

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