|The bands of slacks and levees along the Pungue River tell the story of past|
flooding and changing courses of this river on the southern boundary of the Park.
Yesterday we had an opportunity to analyze and document these features with an aerial survey over a large section of the park on a approximately 450 kilometer circuit that we took with the helicopter. Project director Morgan Ryan and I were led by science director Marc Stalmans and pilot Mike Pingo. We recorded the route with GPS (point/ 3 seconds). Morgan and I shot photos of unique geographic features, prominent vegetation, human occupation, and wildlife. I shot over 1,500 photos along the way. It was incredible to view the scene with the doors off the helicopter. I was even able to lean out and step on the strut for particular shots. Fortunately Bell helicopters have secure seatbelts that prevented us from being a lion’s or crocodile’s next meal.
|Crocodiles along Lake Urema as seen from the open door.|
|We spotted 3 lionesses and two cubs in the center of the Park, about 30 kilometers|
from Chitengo. This was a region where lions hadn't been sighted before.
|Not far from Chitengo we saw nearly 30 blue wildebeest which was a great sign|
of recovery. It was also a scene right out of a Lascaux Cave painting.