In May and June of 2007, 13 undergraduate students from Northern Michigan University are taking a field course in Zambia. Most of the students are majors in the Biology department, and all of them will be doing short field studies of their own design while on the ground in Zambia. The group will be making a stop in London on the way, spending four days seeing Zambia/Africa-related British sites (Burton's tomb, Livingstone's artefacts at the Royal Geographic Society, the British Museum of Natural History, etc.) and adjusting to the time change. The course is being led by me, Dr. Alec Lindsay, a professor in the Department of Biology at NMU, and Dr. Jackie Bird - a parasitologist in our department. We have made this blog so students can hopefully post notes thoughts, pictures and discoveries to the world. This should allow classmates, teachers, family and friends to share in their insights and keep track of their travels. Not only that, but viewers of the blog can add comments to posts - please do! We would love to hear your thoughts. Zikomo!

01 June 2007

South Luangwa!

We are at our last major stop, South Luangwa National Park. The trip has been flying by, and most places we haven't had internet. We went on an AMAZING night safari tonight in an open 4x4. The best part was when we were between two male lions who were roaring at one another, and we were only about 30 feet from one (it was loud!) It was also fun when we'd get a call (in Nyanja) from another guide to our guide on the radio to come to a certain spot, and we'd go racing off on the chase. On one of these occassions we saw a leopard. Today was awesome, and everyone is doing well and healthy. I've eaten vegetables and drank water and not been sick yet (cross your fingers!) We've also seen all kind of bovids including Impala, Eland, Puku, Kudu, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, and we also saw Genets which sort of look like house cats, and giant Porcupines. Nile Crocodiles and Giraffes can be seen commonly, and hippos and elephants roam our camp! We will be on the lookout when we leave the safety of this building. I love and miss everyone--now I am out of time! Katie says hi too--she ran out of time on the other computer.


Anonymous said...

Holy whah! Sounds like everything I could have ever imagined. Keep on having the fun.

Love, Dad/Lou

Cynthia said...

I am so glad to hear from you. Everything sounds amazing and wonderful. Love and miss you.