один мир на двоих (stusik_i_sharik) wrote,
один мир на двоих

Ol Pejeta

Only a few years ago, traveling in Africa and interacting with wildlife was much different from what it is now. Only three years ago, going through the same parks we are visiting right now, Vova (our brilliant partner-in-crime for this African expedition, with whom we will be reunited soon in Ethiopia) hugged rhinos and sneaked to the top of Mt. Kenya for the adventure and to avoid paying for the mandatory guide. Now, Morani, the world-famous tame rhino, has died of old age, and climbers are no longer obligated to take a guide if they claim to know where they are going. To survive, some parks, like Ol Pejeta here, try to attract tourists by selling them a glimpse into today's Africa which is all about conservation of the wild and integration of it with farming. In fact, it's also the Africa of the past, only now it's trendier to promote separation from human intervention, rehabilitation, and release back into the wild, than to have something with fangs or horns as a pet.

Today's Africa (like the rest of the world) is all about technology. Many animals here have radio transmitters, some even permanently drilled in, like the ones in rhino horns. One activity option is to join a researcher in tracking lions or elephants. Rangers have it much easier these days: the moment Dumbo decides to step out of line (literally), a scout gets an SMS on his cellphone, telling him to hurry up and retrieve the rascal.

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Tags: places:africa:kenya, wildlife
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