Bittersweet Goodbyes

The day I had dreaded finally came. It was our last day here and we had to say goodbye to the CARACAL staff and all our animals. It was such a sad time, leaving these people and animals I had grown to respect, love, and rely on in such a short amount of time. Although, it was nice to see the amazing relationshops that had been built in the past two months. I will never forget this summer I spent in Africa, where no words, and no photos will ever do the experience justice.

Unplanned stay in Kachikau

After a few days of camping, and a long trip back, there were some issues with the vehicles on the way back home from camping. It ended up in us having to make a much longer trip home than anticipated. We were all so gross and so exhausted, but frankly this was one of my favorite memories from the trip. Nothing typically ever goes as planned here, and that has been a huge obstacle I have had to overcome. This trip allowed me to see my own personal progress, as well as everyone else’s. Sure, it wasn’t the most ideal situation, but we all made the best out of it.

My Brown House Pal

Recently Tom and I have been working on habituating the brown house snake we have here at CARCAL. These snakes are harmless to humans. There used to be two, and one of the snakes was very friendly and enjoyed being held. Unfortunately it passed away and now there is only one. We spent a few minutes a week working on holding the snake and getting it used to human touch.

Fathers Day abroad

Becuase we were thousands of miles away from our families, Cait and I decided to make a pit stop at Choppies and buy a 2$ fathers day cake in honor of the holiday. Of course we could not resist the donuts as well 🙂


Last minute in Zimbabwe, a few of us decided to go to this “Boma” dinner that we had heard so much about. It ended up being completely worth the money because we got to try such exotic cultural food, get face painted, as well as partake in a drum circle.

Jumping into Zimbabwe

On our trip to Victoria falls, Sam, Madalyn, Brittany and I all decided to do the gorge swing excursion. I blindly said yes, not having any idea what a gorge swing was. Once arriving, I quickly found out how incredible of an experience this would be. Brittany and I jumped tandem and had a great time.


In the beginning of the trip Dr Alexander allowed me to pardon one of our baby chicks to become one of the class mascots. This is milk dud, on his first day of class 🙂

It was only the beginning

Writing this blog post, with less than 10 days left in Botswana, I am reflecting back on my time here when I first arrived. I looked out the window of our small 25 passenger plane, and saw the bush, thinking to myself how incredible it is. A few nights ago many of us were talking about some of our “unrealistic” dreams we have. Growing up, my dream of going to Africa always seemed like the unrealistic one; yet here I am, at 20 years old, living out my biggest dream. Not only did I make it to Africa, but I made it to Africa, and I am doing what I am most passionate about: working with wildlife and spreading my love for it to an area filled with amazing people. As cliche as it sounds, this has been a trip of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to share my experiences on this page to give you just a glimpse of my unique experiences in Botswana.

Brittany, Julia, and I right before heading to our gate that started the 3 day journey to Kasane!!