i've been spending more time up at the park the past couple months. lubumbashi is boiling hot but the rains have started in lusinga, and work makes an excellent excuse to retreat to the cooler, breezer climes of the plateau.
however, with the rains the park will become more and more inaccessible so we are trying to cram as much as we can into the last few dry-ish months. we've had a number of activities going with the park rangers, including training on gps and developing a new data collection system, pre-selecting new rangers and a workshop to map out the content of the general management plan. these are some of our big outputs for the year and so it's been good for me to be able to come up and be part of that.
one of the things that coincides with the onset of rainy season is that the zebra arrive near the park hq. they come to eat the young shoots of grass, especially vibrant this year after the whole plain was burned. the grass has come in quickly and the zebras are now just within walking distance. they don't let you get too close, though. the male snorts and shakes his head and then trots off to lead his ladies away. speaking of the ladies, it appears several are pregnant and we hope with the new foals our little population will hit 40 this year. we shall see.