June 30, 2010
With its sturdy build, menacing horn and impenetrable hide, it is hard to imagine that the fate of the rhinoceros – one of the iconic Big Five – hangs in such a delicate balance. Over the past several decades, the rhino population in the Serengeti ecosystem has suffered greatly due to poaching, with rhino numbers decreasing from 1,000 to less than 70 individuals.
In an effort to save the rhinos from extinction, seven Eastern Black Rhino were transported from East Africa in 1961 to a private reserve in South Africa. The rhinos thrived in this protected area with their numbers quadrupling during their long-term visit.
In an extraordinary conservation effort, 32 rhino – descendants of the seven transplants – will be reintroduced to the Serengeti over the next two years. Last month, the first five were flown into the Seronera area and received a warm Tanzanian welcome.
In order to protect the newly introduced rhinos, radio-transmitters will be implanted in their horns and they will be guarded around the clock by specially-trained rangers, the Serengeti Rhino Protection Unit (SRPU).
June 21, 2010
Congratulations to Ali Riley, of our Boston office, for reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!
As a member of our marketing department, Ali reviews countless photos of Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro, so she was thrilled to finally be on the other side of the photograph and experience the mountain for herself. She joined our 6-day Umbwe Route trek, which is one of the more demanding ascents on the mountain.
Ali enjoyed the challenge of the climb and shared with us that the push to the summit required not only physical strength but also a healthy dose of mental fortitude. She said, “Altitude can humble you in an instant – you really have to dig deep and want it! My guides and fellow trekkers not only made the trip fun but also offered an incredible amount of support. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
June 15, 2010
For the second year running, Thomson Safaris has been honored as a finalist for the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year.
Governor Deval Patrick declared June 9 Family Business Day in Massachusetts, and in a ceremony to mark the occasion, awards were presented to honor Excellence in Family Business.
We thank the governor and The Northeastern University Center for Family Business for recognizing Thomson Safaris again!
June 9, 2010
Eliza from our Boston office just wrote to us this morning to tell us about her latest Tanzania adventure.
She’s on the tail end of her third Thomson Safari, this time with her parents and three siblings in tow!
Eliza is one of our predeparture experts, so she spends 5-days-a-week helping guests from all over North America prepare for their adventures. She loved this brand new experience of sharing all that passion for Tanzania with her family.
After some terrific wildlife viewing, the whole family took three days to volunteer their time (and more than a little elbow grease) at Ganako Secondary School in Karatu. They rolled up their sleeves, picked up some shovels, and worked side by side with members of the community on building a new kitchen and dining area for the school. Many wheelbarrows and shovelfuls of gravel later, they had a solid foundation laid.
Here’s a photo of Eliza and the entire crew at Ganako. We’ll keep you posted on the finished project, but in the meantime, everyone here wants to congratulate Eliza and her family on a job well done!
June 7, 2010
We received such a great response to the podcast about the female humpback whale last week that we decided to post the conclusion of this series, in which National Geographic photographer/polar specialist Paul Nicklen tells about his extraordinary relationship with a motherly leopard seal. You’ve never heard a story quite like this!
For more educational podcasts, visit Radiolab.
June 1, 2010
Have you ever wondered what animals are thinking? When you observe an elephant on safari do you ever imagine that it knows you are admiring its beauty and grandeur? Is it possible for an elephant to have pride? How about your dog…can he reciprocate emotions like love? Does he really feel guilty when he misbehaves?
When we heard the following account about a humpback whale and the people who helped free her from a potentially deadly tangle of crab traps, we knew we had to share it. Is it possible that this sea-dwelling giant showed signs of gratitude? Can non-human species possess such a human emotion?
Fellow wildlife enthusiasts will love this fascinating debate about inter-species communication. Brought to you by Radiolab.