April 27, 2010
Last week, Dr. Jane Goodall updated her Facebook status with the following quote, “We each have the choice, every minute of every day, about what impact we’re going to make on the Earth.”
Throughout her 50-year career, world-renowned primatologist, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall, has embodied the statement above through her ground-breaking and influential work to make our planet a better place.
The draw to Africa developed early-on for the young Brit who found inspiration from books such as Tarzan and Dr. Doolittle. It was Goodall’s supportive and forward-thinking mother who laid the foundation for Jane’s inner strength telling her, “You can do whatever you put your mind to.”
Fifty years ago, 25-year old Goodall bravely traveled to Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where she pioneered her famous chimpanzee behavioral research. Her findings have provided a wealth of scientific discovery including topics such as societal patterns, tool-making, and the complex emotional behaviors of chimpanzees.
Today, Jane’s focus has broadened to a global mission to empower people, especially youth, through her Roots & Shoots program and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which stresses the importance of conservation, community, wildlife and the environment.
Dr. Goodall will be speaking at Harvard University next Monday, May 3 about the 50th anniversary of her research at Gombe Stream National Park. All of us here in the Thomson Safaris office are excited to hear her speak; maybe she will grace us with a few of her signature chimp calls? Regardless, we are eager to be inspired by the words and experiences of this extraordinary woman. Join us! Tickets are still available here: Harvard’s Sanders Theatre box office.
April 22, 2010
On Monday, April 26, Tanzania celebrates Union Day. It is a public holiday commemorating the day Zanzibar and Tanganyika joined to form The United Republic of Tanzania in 1964. The festivities will include speeches from the president as well as traditional dance and other performances on both the mainland and the islands of Zanzibar.
Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, sends her congratulations to the people of Tanzania as they celebrate their forty-sixth anniversary of the union.
April 14, 2010
Last week, a ceremony was held at Thomson Safaris, Ltd in Arusha, Tanzania to honor staff members whose dedication to the company has been truly remarkable.
Those honored included thirty senior staffers who have been with the company for 15, 20 or 25+ years, and are now affectionately referred to as the “Wazee Club.” Wazee, is a swahili term of honor that refers to respected elders, and is used here with a wink by the rest of the staff for their “old” colleagues.
Safari guides, camp managers, fundis (craftsmen), drivers, office staff, and groundskeepers were among those honored with a special gold, silver or copper badge, representing the 3 tiers of dedicated service.
See photos from the ceremony below including some snapshots of our guides receiving name tags indicating their years of service (15, 20 and 25+ years) from company owners Rick and Judi.
Thomson Safaris guides are some of the most experienced in Tanzania, in fact, our guests always return raving about their guides! Photographer, Randy Hanna, repeatedly travels with Thomson Safaris due to our guides’ longevity and experience in the bush, see how guides with experience can really make a difference.
April 7, 2010
Senior guide, John Urio, just returned from one of our last safaris for this season (next season begins next month, in May). He reports the long rains have begun, as scheduled. The rain did not put a damper on wildlife viewing though; the animals were still out in full-force. He and his group were able to track the wildebeest migration down to the southern tip of the Serengeti — it is reported that the herds are still there currently. Urio said, “The grasses are growing taller and greener each day and the wildlife viewing has been excellent.”