It has been three months since I joined the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. Before, I never knew what it meant to collect data and why someone must use specific methods to do it right. That is now history. Thanks to Dr. Lucy Tallents who has been working tirelessly to make sure that I understand all the methods involved in the study of wildlife. Here I am in Oxford, enjoying listening to some musicians playing in the street.
For your information, I am the only student on this course who does not already have a degree. Nevertheless, I have been keeping up quite well with the rest of the students. I am quite amused by statistics, and the logic of working out different questions regarding wildlife and conservation models. I think I want to pursue it to greater length when I finish this course.
Apart from the weather that the natives also have trouble with, everything else has been fine. I have finally moved into my own room. It is really fancy, but at times I get really lonely as I am used to sharing a tent with my colleague back in Kenya. I am not going into details about food. I try to eat pretty much what I can get my hands on, but am really missing the real food of home and the people there; especially my family and other locals that have been dispersed by the raging drought. Here I am in Oxford with a postcard to send home.
I would like to take this chance to thank all the Lion Guardian blog reader for the support they have been giving. It really gives me strength to move on in this tough life. This means that I have an extensive family to count on all the time. May God bless you all. I would especially like to thank Sheri and Owen Hogle who sent me this wonderful suit. Thank you so much! I hope you will agree it looks great!
I try to follow the activities of the Lion Guardians, especially the new project in Eselenkei, just as you do on the blog. This gives me joy in my heart that finally my dream is coming true – that lions across Maasailand are going to be saved from the brink of extinction, and my fellow warriors from other ranches, who were yearning for the program to commence there have been satisfied.