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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Nimerudi Serengeti! (I Have Returned to Serengeti!)
Halfway through the field season, Chunde and I had been out in the field non-stop for more than eight weeks rechecking 2010 study dogs in Buyubi and Nangale villages. We were totally ready for a little break and a walk on the wild side...
One of the things we’d both been looking forward to was a game drive. And Serengeti did not disappoint. There’d been lots of rain recently so the whole place was green, lush and full of animals. Simply spectacular! In just a short 30 minutes we saw wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, all sorts of gazelles, lions and hyenas. And just as we were heading home right at dusk, we even saw a cheetah on the prowl!
It was great to relax and enjoy the Serengeti wildlife, which offered a great reminder as to why I’m out here in the first place. Lincoln Park Zoo’s work here with the domestic-dog vaccination program and my research helps protect dogs, people and children from the deadly rabies virus. Moreover, this project ensures the health, diversity and beauty of the Serengeti ecosystem by protecting the amazing wildlife of Serengeti National Park against rabies.
Serengeti Field Diaries
Lincoln Park Zoo is leading the Serengeti Health Initiative, a collaborative effort to preserve the wildlife of this African ecosystem while benefiting local people. Our Serengeti field diaries feature updates as scientists conduct vaccination efforts, collaborate with Tanzanian partners and encounter the Serengeti’s famed wildlife.
Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.
An endocrinologist in the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, Santymire studies stress and reproduction at the zoo and in the wild.
A graduate student in the department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Anna is studying how rabies vaccination campaigns of domestic dogs in villages around Serengeti National Park affect population dynamics.
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