A highlight of our trip was an absolutely stunning journey to view wildlife in the National Parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Gary and Jo Strand, Sebastians employers, who run the tour company, Wildlife Explorer, provided us with a vehicle and camping accommodations to make this trip an unforgettable experience.
Tanzania has one of the largest remaining populations of wild animals on the continent and we were able to view them at length in these magical places. We photographed lion, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, hippos, impala, topi, and many other animals. We also saw mpingo habitat and learned first-hand about its difficulties surviving in the wild. It was a truly astounding experience to be traveling every day through wild lands inhabited by such magnificent flora and fauna, and renewed our dedication to supporting the cause of conservation in Tanzania.
Thank you Gary and Jo for memories that will stay in our hearts forever.
At Environment Day celebrations at Singachini Teachers College in Moshi, students hold a Tree of Life mpingo statue atop an elephant carved from jacaranda wood. This was received by James and Bette in trust for the ABCP and all who have supported its environmental conservation efforts in Tanzania. September 30, 2006.
Environment Day 2006
Each year in September, teachers and students in Kilimanjaro Region organize activities for the celebration of Environment Day. This year it was held at Singachini Teachers College in Moshi. The event brings together community members interested in protection and promotion of environmental concerns, presenting a program that encourages a right relationship to nature.
This year Bette and James were honored as special guests because of their work on behalf of communities in Kilimanjaro area. They were presented with a magnificently carved sculpture executed in jacaranda and mpingo.
A book written about earlier Environmental Day ceremonies in Kibosho East is posted on our website at: www.blackwoodconservation.org/kibosho_east.html.
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