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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Soaring Over Serengeti
Five checked bags…yes, FIVE checked bags later, I have arrived back in Tanzania for my now third field season studying free-roaming domestic dog population dynamics near Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. What could I possibly need five bags for, you ask? Ah, they’re full of test tubes, a centrifuge, sealable plastic bags, dog treats, soccer balls, camera traps and retractable pens (losing pen caps can be quite troublesome in the bush).
Getting to Tanzania, however, was just half the battle. Getting the stuff to the Serengeti proved to be somewhat challenging, as I exceeded my 15 kilogram weight limit for the charter flight I booked. Not to worry, though, my bags and I arrived after not one, not two, but THREE rather bumpy landing attempts due to giraffe lounging on the runway!
Now comes the fun part—putting all this stuff to work in what promises to be another exciting field season full of adventures-stay tuned!
A research associate in the zoo’s Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology, Anna Czupryna studies domestic dog population dynamics near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Her work is one part of a zoo-led vaccination campaign that protects the region’s people, pets and predators.
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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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