After a two-day break from fence-building, on Wednesday we all returned to work. The morning involved a tree transect, wherein the group split into teams and measured various trees in order to determine the presence of elephants in the area, as well as the level of protection available for other wildlife. We spent the late morning and afternoon putting together deterrent fences and listening to music, taking breaks here and there to snack, bird-watch, share pictures, and play Monopoly Deal (a game I still don’t understand).
Upon finishing with the fences for the day, we all changed clothes and grabbed our cameras before heading out for day two of the transect competition. Currently, the score stood at a whopping 243 to 176, in favor of Team 2. Let the spotting begin!
This time, Team 1 found luck by way of elephant, black-backed jackals, and zebra, among others. Our success pulled us into the lead, though just by a hare (in fact, we saw cape hares the previous night) at 312 to 287. We were neck-and-neck, and very uncertain of the fate of the game.