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Last week, Jeff and I visited the Pande Game Reserve (PGR) with Otilia, founder and coordinator of the cultural tourism enterprise (CTE) being operated in the reserve. A surprise to many, the PGR is located within Dar es Salaam, a stark departure from the bustling streets of the city centre. The reserve itself spans over 15.39 km2, which is split into 4 zones. The PGR hosts an array of small animals, such as bush bucks, dik-diks and monkeys, bats and about 56 species of butterflies. Due to a lack of a buffer zone between the surrounding villages and the PGR, heavy encroachment is one the biggest challenges that has no imminent opportunities for mitigation. Other challenges include a lack of staff, funding and a general management plan. Currently, the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) helps fund and oversee poaching patrol, prosecution of poachers and conservation education. Increased tourism to the PGR would greatly benefit the CTE in a number of ways. On top of increased funding that could be used to hire more staff members, increased tourism would open up more avenues to educate the population, both local and tourists, about the vast amount of benefits the forest has. While at the PGR, we met with Mrs. Theresia, manager of the Pande Game Reserve. She briefly discussed the history of the reserve as well as the challenges that they face. Jeff and I were given a walking tour of the forest so we could experience its beauty for ourselves. The walk included a beautiful viewpoint and seeing a number of different butterfly species. After the walk, we had a quick lunch before heading to a nearby local village to learn how to make coconut oil. The process of making coconut oil by hand is a long, but relatively simple one. The coconut meat is shredded out, water is added and then strained to create coconut milk, and then that milk is boiled until it becomes oil.
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Posted at: 2019-06-25 22:00:10
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Beautiful Southwestern Earless Lizard we spotted while hiking on Sunday. Swipe for some closeups! They are crops of the original image. I shot this photo in Franklin Mountains State Park with my favorite lens, the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 G2 @ 185mm ISO 250, f/10, 1/1600 shutter speed.
Pro tip: Move really slowly and you'd be surprised how close a lot of critters will allow you to get.