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My Daemon is the Zebra

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Okay, so I have a bunch of “spirit animals”—owls and foxes, definitely—but while in Africa, my daemon is the zebra. They’re just so…improbable. Blend in? What for??

 

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After our time in Rwanda, we braved the chaotic border crossing one more time and headed to Uganda’s Lake Mburo National Park. This park (despite its accessibility) isn’t as popular as Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, or Ishasha because of its low “big five” count: there are no elephants and no longer any lions. (At least one pride was poisoned by local farmers for killing livestock.)

 

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What do you find at Lake Mburo? A whopping 315 species of birds, plus:

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Stayed behind at the Mburo campsite while the others went for an evening drive in search of hyenas…We saw zebras and impalas today! And I got a good pic of a vervet monkey and her baby suckling. Lots of baby animals. [Vervet sighting—Elliot talking about service monkeys instead of dogs.] Hippos grunting down the lake from the restaurant.

 

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You will also find some very ballsy warthogs, who drew uncomfortably close to our tents. The vervet monkeys, too, were hopping all over our Land Cruiser looking for nibbles.

 

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Gorgeous sunset that evening:

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Kate: “I’m going to have a kid just so I can be an a-hole to him.” (After giving me a hard time for not eating the second plate of rice, and telling me it’s the last thing I’ll eat for a week.)
(And yes, she actually said “a-hole.”)

 

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1 Comment to My Daemon is the Zebra

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    September 23, 2015 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Zebras are beautiful! Next visit to the continent I’d like to see giraffes.

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.