Tag: wildlife

Male lions have manes, male leopards have… dewlaps?

Mature male leopards are not only at least 60% larger than females, but they also are broader, have larger chest girths and larger, longer heads. There is something else that you may notice about mature male leopards – their large necks are adorned with a loose fold of skin that hangs from the underside of the neck. These skin folds are called dewlaps. Dewlaps … Read More Male lions have manes, male leopards have… dewlaps?

Big Cats: Predators Under Treat

Can you imagine an Africa without lions? Within the past century wild lion populations have declined from as many as 200,000 down to only 20,000. Their numbers have dropped by 40 percent just in the past 20 years (and 90 percent within the past 75 years). I am 28 years old – within my lifetime, wild lions have almost halved their population numbers, what … Read More Big Cats: Predators Under Treat

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Not goodbyes – I’ll see you laters

Where has the time gone?? Starting tomorrow, I will begin take down of my survey and then hit the road for the eight-hour drive back to Joburg. But I am not heading straight back to Cape Town just yet, I will reload the bakkie in Joburg and then head up near the Botswana border to help set up two more surveys before heading back … Read More Not goodbyes – I’ll see you laters

Are you watching hockey? You should be.

Holy cow it was hot today. My run was super sweaty. I like it! And I did represent my Buccos today with my McCutchen running shirt. How are you doing? Still interested in reading my… what is this a blog? I guess. My blog. Yeah, that works. Well, you  must be still interested for some reason since you are still reading this. Enjoying your … Read More Are you watching hockey? You should be.

Scaredy cat!

Here’s your weekly (has it been weekly? I don’t think so but let’s pretend) zoo update. Elsie and Annabelle, the mini longhorns that mom brought up, are doing well. Elsie (the mom) has figured out the petting zoo routine and will come up and eat grain out of guests’ hands. The fainting goats are also doing well, just refusing to faint so everyone thinks … Read More Scaredy cat!

Birthday celebration of the four-legged variety!

Heyoooo! What’s going on? I’m just enjoying a yoga pants and bum clothes day off. Since I usually work weekends my days off fall during the week most of the time, which really doesn’t affect anything for me. Sigh. Yesterday, my baby, Diesel, celebrated his fourth birthday. I cannot believe he is already four years old! He had a good birthday, we actually celebrated … Read More Birthday celebration of the four-legged variety!

Lions and tigers and bears – oh my!

Hey world, did I leave you hanging long enough?? I got the job!!!  I started  just over a week ago and absolutely love it! It is a dream come true! Still want to know where I work? I am a wildlife coordinator for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. We have about 130+ animals at the zoo there and I get to work with them all!! My … Read More Lions and tigers and bears – oh my!

Poke – are you still there?

Hey! Guess what! Guess what!!!! Did ya guess yet? NO! I did not get a pet elephant. Although that would be pretty sweet. I would name him Pete. Pete the elephant, and I would ride him everywhere instead of my truck and tie him to the bike rack while I get the both of us a sandwich. Yeah, Pete would love sammiches. You really … Read More Poke – are you still there?

Counting down the days…

Yeah that’s right, eleven days left in Bismarck for me. It has gone by wayyyy to fast. I swear we were just pulling into the Walmart parking lot to rest for the night last week, not two months ago! I definitely could stay out here for a few more months, that’s for sure. I have fallen in love with this place. And the people … Read More Counting down the days…

Shenanigans… um I mean work.

Holy cow… this past weekend. I can pretty much sum it up in one word: awesome! And believe it or not we actually got a fair amount of surveys done while we were at Devil’s Lake. Sweet deal all around. Friday evening we got to Devil’s Lake at Graham’s Island State Park and set up camp. We got lucky and got a perfect location … Read More Shenanigans… um I mean work.

Quack.

Hola, So sorry that I haven’t posted in a while! Are you still there? Good. Time is flying by even faster. Not good. I really did not expect it, but I have completely fallen in love with this place. A lot of it has to be credited to the people though, they are amazing! Hmm… so what has been going on the past few … Read More Quack.

I didn’t realize we were talking dirty

Well this week came and went, it seems like all the weeks have been doing that. We are now halfway through our summer. Crazy. Tuesday we hit up a few bridges and found some rather interesting scat that had tons of crayfish in it and was scattered in an otter-like manor. We took a sample and vigorously searched the area. We found some odd … Read More I didn’t realize we were talking dirty