In the three years I spent a a research assistant on the Serengeti Cheetah Project from 2004-2007 I had incredible experiences that come from being in such an beautiful place surrounded by an astounding diversity of wildlife. Spending most of each day watching cheetahs also lent itself to seeing fantastic things. However, spending that much time driving over a landscape liberally blessed with rutted and corregated roads, warthog and ardvark holes, airfilter clogging grasses and dust, as well as sucking mud in the wet season resulted in getting stuck, breaking down, flat tires, running out of fuel and other hijinks that make every day in the field a unique challenge.
Father daughter bonding, Serengeti style. Just to be clear, I was the one driving when we hit the mud. My father was not amused.
Jack and dig....jack and dig
This definitely counts as the good times
Pic by Sarah Durant
pics by Ulrike Hilborn
Part of my job involved collecting scat samples from cheetahs to get genetic sampels to determine paternity. Glamour personified (pics by Sarah Durant).
Depending on consistancy, it can be surprisingly tricky to get the sample into the tube.
Letting the attention wander by posing for flattering pictures is a tactical error...
Ack! Did I drop it? What are those brown spatters on my leg??
Success at last! Two tubes filled with scat.
Ah, tea time...