Update from our working holiday volunteering with leopards, elephants and cheetahs in Namibia, Africa (http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/namibia).

Friday was our vehicle game count, and I think everyone will agree that 6 am is a beautiful time of day to see the farm. All three teams reported record numbers of animals counted. Vehicle 2 spotted some cheetah tracks mid farm, which the team called “a nice interlude” for the game count. Vehicle three saw two bat eared foxes in the early morning light. They are seldom seen on Okambara, and Vera was very excited.

Two teams have had the opportunity to see all seven rhinos near Sandposten, and it is quite rare to see them all together. It’s full-on spring at the farm now, which means warm nights, cool mornings, and very hot afternoons. We’ve even had a few (very light) rain showers. I’ve switched to my summer Buff (without the fleece) for early mornings on the vehicles, and future team members should pack accordingly. You should also bring water containers to hold at least to litres of water, which is the bare minimum that you should drink each day. I find I am draining two litres before lunch.

Julia Johnson is an author, and she has brought us two of her books. “The Leopard Boy” and “The Cheetah’s Tale” are now a part of the Biosphere Namibia library.

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Julia’s husband sent her a text message saying he saw her hat, not her, in the previous diary. I wonder what he will make of this next picture. 🙂

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Update from our working holiday volunteering with leopards, elephants and cheetahs in Namibia, Africa

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