I think I may actually like this place...
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
33Trip End Jul 17, 2013
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Got ready quickly, had a peanut butter and jelly on bread for breakfast. Reported for our work assignments.
It was then muffin break. Today we had an apple (a very good, sweet, red one I might add).
It was then lunch. We had a fantastic tortilla filled with a chicken mixture. So good! I got a good, HOT shower in (so hot that I had to actually add some cold to it...unheard of!).
I returned outside to find the camp completely deserted. I had no idea where everyone as I was slightly scared. I did notice the baby baby baboons were out, so I wondered if they had actually left the camp and there was an expedition to find them. Finally, I learned that everyone simply took the baby baby baboons for a walk.
We came back to camp, finished the nightly duties. The shop was open today (only on Monday and Thursday from 4:30-6:00). I got more prepaid phone minutes, a candy bar, a pineapple soda, and a couple of beverages.
Then it was supper, which consisted of pasta shells, some beef mixture to go over them and coleslaw. It was quite good as well.
I then headed back to the room early again in order to "baboon proof" everything. This consists of wiring the cabinet shut, Zipping up all suitcases, and basically hiding any and everything that I don't want thrown across the room, rummaged through, eaten, and destroyed in other imaginative ways.
When done preparing for tonight's baby watch, I called Dorian and left a voicemail, and called Mom and got to talk for a bit. It was nice to hear her voice and how excited she was to hear from me.
Then Emma let Lala in, one of the farm dogs, and she crashed on the bed, where she still remains. Emma just came in with Sheila asleep under her jacket, so I should probably wrap this up so my iPad doesn't get seen as a toy by a little monkey. I will probably read a bit and then call it a night because I've been told Sheila wakes up mighty early.
Tomorrow I should be on enclosure patrol, which from what I've been told means walking around the carnivore enclosures (some of them I've not even seen yet) and making sure the electric fencing is turned on, there are no holes, and also feeding the carnivores. I am looking forward to this.
Still haven't decided on which safari I want to take yet.
Things I've learned today: if it smells like baboon poo in ones room, even if the baboon was only in for two minutes, make no mistake, it is in fact baboon poo. Also, warthogs are one of the most loveable animals I've ever seen. And a certain meerkat named Polo giggles hysterically when you tickle his tummy (hoping to get a video before I leave). American lip balm does nothing for the wear and tear Africa puts on one's lips... South African lip balm, however, does wonders.
Also, naan ku se raises livestock, not only to feed to the carnivores as I initially suspected, but to prove to the bushman farmers that wild life, livestock and humans can all live in harmony. Apparently the majority of the animals taken in here are taken in because farmers are trying to kill them as they feel that the animals are killing their livestock (often a cheetah mother will get killed and the cubs will be left to die). Naan ku se tries different technics to find out what works so they can pass on their knowledge to the farmers in order to help nature and people live in harmony. An example stew gave the other day is the following: naan ku se tried putting out guard donkeys for their livestock. It actually is highly effective because donkeys will bite and kick absolutely anything that attacks them or tries to attack them. Naan ku se was able to pass that knowledge on to the farmers.
It's a pretty amazing place. I understand how and why people fall in love with it.
Well I'm off to bed. If I wasn't tired before the snoring dog came in and Meatball the lion began his nightly roars, I definitely am now, and I know I will be at 6 am tomorrow when Sheila jumps down from the cabinet onto my bed. Let night #1 of the fun begin (we also have Sheila tomorrow night). Good night!!