By Amelia Bower
BSc Wildlife Biology
Today we visited Tarangire National Park where we managed to spot three of the ‘big five’. Despite being fooled by several lion-like and hyena-looking warthogs, many charismatic species were sighted. Elephant group size, condition and age was recorded after we finally won the game of hide and seek they were playing. I found seeing the elephants up close and personal mesmerising, particularly when we encountered a herd of 17 of them, the bumpy safari and scorching sun was all worthwhile. After the dusty ride we went to a lodge that smelt like civilisation, it contained a bar, pool and a view over the savannah where you could see the animals and was honestly a small slice of heaven. To conclude my best day yet we visited a maasai tribe. They welcomed us with song and dance, chanting, jumping then inviting us to join in dressing us in traditional necklaces. It was personally grounding seeing such a different culture so different from our own technology-orientated world. Today has been genuinely awesome and I cannot wait for the rest of my time here.
All photos taken by Michael Wilson - MSc Zoo Conservation Biology