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Clouddog day 4

The kids were all buzzing today! After all, it’s not everyday you get to feed and elephant – let alone touch his tongue, feel his tusks and cuddle his trunk!     And as if that wasn’t enough, a one year old baby elephant came to play too!     How on earth can you […]

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Clouddog day 3

After a lovely lazy morning to let their brains recharge after yesterdays information overload the Clouddog students were all happy and willing to learn more – until they found out what we had to teach them. Snakes and reptiles and spiders and frogs and scorpions and newts and dung-beetles and any other creature we happened […]

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Clouddog day 2

Obviously a good day!   *Groan!* Was all we heard from the kids at their early morning wake up call for their drive to St Lucia. This subsided when they met Mark at the Croc Centre in St Lucia however.   After all, how can you complain about an early morning start when you get to […]

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Clouddog day 1

Day 1 for the Clouddog students at Albizia camp – Umkhumbi Lodge.     It was a day of learning for the students today as Tommy taught them about bush walks.   They learnt which trees are poisonous, which trees can become medicine and also how to follow animal spoor (tracks).     From big […]

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Day 2: Quick Catch Up

Hey everyone, Well some good news and some bad news. We have confirmed visual sightings of all four snakes! The transmitters are all working well (thank you Victor Hugo – they are awesome), and most of the snakes tried to avoid us – always a good sign! Chelsea is still being a lady of leisure – except […]

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Day 1: Snake release

Today is the day! The sun is shining, the wind is still and our snakes have been charging themselves in the sunlight as though they had solar panels. In addition to our release crew today we had three guests who wanted to come along and experience the buzz. That’s the joy about Umkhumbi Lodge, you […]

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Day -1 : Surgery

Ok, here we are, we have snakes and we have transmitters. Now with months and weeks and days of planning all behind us it is surgery day. The penultimate day, the day when we find out which of our snakes are strong enough for the implantation of the transmitters.   So, the breakdown; Forest Cobra […]

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