We had a wonderful day of gerenuk sightings on our recent wildlife survey of the Northern Plains. We spotted 14 gerenuks, including a young calf, in just one day in the arid semi-open bushlands at the foothills of the Losimongori Mountains. These stunning antelopes have extremely long necks and legs, hence their Swahili name "Swala twiga," or giraffe antelope. They are dry-country browsers and can survive on little to no water. It is always a treat to see gerenuks, as the Tarangire Ecosystem is the southern extent of their range and they are not often observed.
The Wild Nature Institute's Monica Bond was recently elected to the Steering Committee of the Interpretive Guides Society. The Society is a not-for-profit, membership-based association of conservation-minded safari guides in Tanzania who are interested in furthering their knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications in Tanzania’s natural habitats. Monica is honored to be a part of this important effort to share scientific information with Tanzania's safari guides and spread the conservation message.
Occasionally wild nature hands you a gift, like this giraffe standing by a waterhole at sunset in Tarangire National Park. This stunning image was enough to make the long hours, hot sun, and numerous tsetse flies bites worthwhile, and to remind us of what we are working so hard to preserve.
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