Sunrise on the Mara

I have confirmed with Dr. Sitati from WWF that I will be joining them in their work for the Month of December. I will be staying at Lolgorian for the first 20 or so days of December before I take my leave to Meru and then the coast for some R&R. I am excited to have confirmation about my next assignment and it helps put my mind at ease about my plans. Had a long day today with not much productivity, but was able to finally get my REI shipment to replace my

stolen shoes and a leather-man multitool which will come in handy. We have less than a week to finish all the transects and the vehicle is not in great condition, so we have to take it slow which adds to the tension of having so much work to do and so little time to get it done. I have been pulling long nights and with limited power and internet it has been difficult to say the least. I even went to the extent of hand analyzing all the phase two morphometric data we collected on all 46 elephants.

I have been frustrated for the last three days with no service on my cell phone. This limits my capability for communication with people here and my kids. On the upside I have made a couple more contacts, one Dr. Clay Wilson, a wildlife veterinarian from “International Wildlife Rescue” and Elena Chelysheva, doing research on cheetah, who runs the “Mara Meru Cheetah Project.”

We have an early start tomorrow and a long day in the field followed by office work. On a personal update my dreams are crazier than ever and I am getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. So even though the anti-malarial’s side effects includes the dreams, I am happy to have it and not risk any down time to malaria.

Environmental Sciences senior, Mayeli Hensley, is spending the fall quarter doing research in Kenya as part of a UW Tacoma independent study abroad program.