Archive | November 2015

Tracking Amelia, the pregnant lioness

Tonga Torcida (L) and Chintsomba (R) – our lion guardians – work tirelessly each day to monitor and keep Gorongosa’s lions out of snares. This lioness is Amelia, she was just collared this week and is pregnant. We will use the collar to keep an eye on her and soon her new cubs. We soon hope to welcome her new cubs in to the world!

Tonga Torcida (lion intern) and Chintsomba (scout) help collar Amelia, a pregnant lioness.

Tonga Torcida (lion intern) and Chintsomba (scout) help collar Amelia, a pregnant lioness.

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School Visit to Gorongosa

I had a very rewarding day today. A group of students from Casa Banana, a local village, came to visit the park. This is an incredible opportunity as most of these students have never been inside this national park that they have lived next to their whole lives. The community education department in Gorongosa brings these school groups in to learn about the science and conservation that is happening here. I had the privilege of speaking with them about our work tracking lions. They were very curious about the satellite collars that we use to track lions. The more the young neighbors of Gorongosa understand about the importance of lions, the more they will want to protect them!

Explaining satellite collar technology to students from Casa Banana

Explaining satellite collar technology to students from Casa Banana