The first 2 weeks!
Hey everyone! Thought I'd do another blog of my adventure this summer! I've been in SA for 2 weeks now and I'm loving it! Have met some amazing people and great new monkey friends! I'm loving work at the sanctuary, which consisits of early morning feeds, supplements of porridge, cooking for all the monkeys! We made mango flavoured pap for them the other day and they were loving it! I've also made some cool enrichment for the marmosets, including a rope bridge type-thing and some holey cola bottles filled with mealworms! One of my favourite jobs is Papi watch; Papi is a Mona monkey, who, like many of the monkeys at the sanctuary had an awful past, his entire family was killed so that he could be taken into the pet trade, he moved around many homes and zoos which couldn't handle his abnormal behaviour until he found a home at the sanctuary. He paces alot and is easily agitated, but with all the attention from volunteers and a good quality of life hes come a long way from the wreck that he was when he first arrived. I haven't quite remembered the names and faces of all 70 marmosets, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually! They are such fun little guys, and the more playful ones love nothing more than a game of hide and seek! I've also enjoyed playing with some of the squirrel monkeys, even though Bobby decided that my hand was his chew toy! In the last couple of days Sue got word of a baby Hippo being kept illegally in Tzaneen, shes offered to keep it until a permanent home can be found (as the sanctuary only takes exotic species permanently) so hopefully in the next couple of weeks we have that to look forward to unless the SPCA find somewhere else for it!
Last weeekend I went to Kruger national park, its about a 3 hour drive to Phalaborwa, so we stayed there over night in a really nice hostel, if anyones ever there its called Elephant Walk Tours and Accommodation, its only R85 (about 8 pounds) a night! We got up early on friday and drove through the park at our accomodation in Satara camp. WQwe stopped on the way at Letaba for an ealry lunch and saw Nyala, bushbuck and some enormous Cranes as we looked out over the river. On the drive we saw Elephant, Giraffe, loads of Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, 2 tiny Klipspringer, Duiker, White Rhino, Hippo, Cape Buffalo and much more! On the second day we drove down to Lower Sabie to try and find a dead Rhino that had attracted loads of scavengers but got lost and had to turn back to make the gate closure! We stayed at Oilifants camp on the second night, which has a fantastic view over the Oilifants river! At half 5 the next morning we went on a morning drive, we saw loads of Rhino, elephant and antelope, but the icing on the cake for me had to be seeing a Spotted Hyena which leisurely trotted past the car without even looking at us!
I've just booked flights to Cape Town for next week, I really want to climb Table Mountain (despite previous mountain related experiences...) and see Boulder's beach! I'll be back at IPR on the 7th and I'll stay here probably for another month until I jet off to Cameroon and the Gorillas!
I'll keep you updated! Hope your all having fun!