A post dedicated to all the creatures as promised 😉
First off, my affinity for nature is more intense the the “average” human. So without my dear husband to humor my discoveries or my family who understand my tendencies… I get a lot of puzzled looks over my bursts of excitement for a frog.
Luckily, people are starting to catch on. My little sister Tapua called me to get a toad out of our room last night, and my Malawian mother Agnes does her best to smile and act a tiny bit excited(which is a lot for her) when I tell her I found a bat in a public restroom.
The frustrating part is that I need to know information about the animals and plants here, when very few people know or benefit from that kind of information.
I need facts such as: What kind of tree is this? Are there any predatory animals nearby? What wildlife lives in those mountains? Can I eat this? Is that a different species? Will grow in our region?
I know…I’m exhausted just from reading my own questions. I feel like 7 year old at science camp. Do 7 year olds go to science camp? Hard to say.
Lucky for me, there are many people around and I don’t wear out any one single victim… I just bounce from person to person and hope for the best.
Thankfully I have a few willing participants that share valuable knowledge…or at least try to.
Considering most people learn about Africa the same way I did: by watching Discovery channel, there’s a bit of an even playing field. Another thing to remember is the fact that, Hello! Most people have never seen a live elephant in their lifetime, and they probably never will. Many who live here are busy living, and have never been on a safari.
I’ve always dreamed of seeing majestic wild animals in their natural surroundings. Having the opportunity to go on a safari yesterday was a dream come true to say the least! It was definitely a surreal and powerful experience driving through the villages of hardworking and struggling people and then pulling up to this gated, wild oasis of animals.
I know, I’m such a Debbie downer, I just can’t help but acknowledge the stark contrasts of realities. Here we are with our fantas(sodas) and crisips(potato chips) driving through a Disneyland of nature. I know, I should probably join Sarah Mcglachlan in song to save all children of the world.
I don’t know how helpful it is carry pity for people in developing countries. I highly doubt it’s very productive.
Ok so before I take on a whole new direction with this post, let’s just say that the safari was indeed amazing. I’m grateful to have had the experience, and I guess I’m just doing my best to take in and appreciate as many angles as possible.
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Now for the fun part…