Leaving The Project Today

It’s hard to believe that our time at Big Cat Research ends this morning. We have definitely had adventures and learned a lot. Since the last email, we located a severely injured lioness whose cubs had already been adopted by another female. Thanks to the Mara...

Just A Few More Days Here

Since the last email, lots has happened. That afternoon we met with one of the heads of the Mara Lion Project. This professional group not only monitors, it also has vets that care for ill or injured big cats. We had a very interesting discussion on many topics...

Still More From the Big Cat Research Center

I left off when we were spending the night at the wonderful safari camp. What luxury to have a shower and absolutely delicious food! Sunday morning we came back to our basic camp and walked to another nearby safari camp for lunch. It was not nearly as nice as where we...

Big Cat Research – Continued Adventures

Wednesday evening we came upon a group of three lionesses and seven cubs, four of which were just a couple months old. The next morning we were out counting game again. The afternoon game drive ended up being a "surprise" road work day, moving logs and...

Day 9 and following: Summary of Volunteer Project So Far

The cool mornings start with coffee and tea served about 6:30 and then we head out for the morning duties. There are two groups that work, individually monitoring game and both together doing community work. Tuesday and Thursday are game monitor days. Wednesday is...

Day 8 – Sort of a travel day

As I said, we had a very early start to get to get to the airstrip in time for the first flight of the day going to the Mara. We had a couple of stops before our camp, and at one of them …. you guessed it…..I ran into one of the guides that I have known...

Day 7

We had another giggle start. Up for a really early game drive only to find that the Land Rover had a bad battery. Hakuna Matara! We saw incredible game but interestingly, no cats….yet…and more interesting, the bird life that is usually so prolific is...

Day 6: Hiding from Murphy

Yep, Murphy and his law have continued to strike. Several days of updates had been done and were just awaiting wifi to send. Unfortunately Murphy hid them, so I’ll redo and/or summarize. Our last couple of days in the Nairobi area were lots of fun. After picking...

Day 5

Hemingways is so beautiful that we decided not to do a real early start so we could just relax and enjoy before going to an ATM and the grocery and then off to Daphne Sheldricks Elephant Orphange. Started many years ago, this project rescues baby elephants for return...

Day 4

All three of us were excited about the too-early morning start because it meant checking out of the Norfolk….yes, moving to new hotel a day early. A less than auspicious beginning, but one that added another story and was fodder for kidding all day. My dear...