Moving to Zimbabwe (Part I)
My name is Moses Swanson-Mwamasika, and I am 13-years-old. I grew up in Tanzania, lived in Virginia for 4 years, and recently moved to Zimbabwe. In my first month here, I had the amazing privilege to visit four national parks and two conservancies, including Hwange, Zambezi, Gonarezhou, and the Savé Valley Conservancy. While I only spotted 27 mammal species (31 if I include a previous voyage), I have just made some introductory trips that didn’t give me the chance to really explore at length. But, hey, tomorrow I start the eighth grade so I guess I still have some time. I did add six mammals to my life list. (Under no circumstances should you tell Jon Hall this, but… I have also added 36 species of the ornithological variety to another secret life list.) I enjoyed starting to seek out bats, rodents, and other small mammals on the trip, spotting such species as the Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat, dwarf mongoose, and the common genet. In my first month in Zimbabwe, though, I had one top goal: to see the African wild dog. Here are some highlights from my experiences for whoever reads this. I welcome any suggestions on mammal watching. Can’t wait for my next adventure.
Moving to Zimbabwe Part 1