Kelli finds her way to Panama City bridal shops; and onwards to Lima, back to Hawaai and then Alaska!

South America Cruise with M/S Statendam
15 days from San Diego (CA) to Callao (Lima), departure 15/03/2015

Mon 16/03/15 At Sea
Tue 17/03/15 Cabo San Lucas / Mexico 12:00 23:00
Wed 18/03/15 At Sea
Thu 19/03/15 At Sea
Fri 20/03/15 Huatulco / Mexico 08:00
Sat 21/03/15 Huatulco / Mexico 17:00
Sun 22/03/15 Puerto Chiapas / Mexico 08:00 17:00
Mon 23/03/15 At Sea
Tue 24/03/15 At Sea
Wed 25/03/15 Fuerte Amador / Panama 08:00 17:00
Thu 26/03/15 At Sea
Fri 27/03/15 At Sea
Sat 28/03/15 Salaverry / Peru 08:00 17:00
Sun 29/03/15 Callao (Lima) / Peru 10:00
Mon 30/03/15 Callao (Lima) / Peru

Fuerte Amador is an island located on the west side of Panama City, Panama and is the main port of call for cruise chips just before or after traversing the Panama Canal. Panama City itself is a metropolis of over one million people that has drawn comparisons to Miami, Florida.

North America West Coast Cruise with M/S Statendam :
64 days from San Diego (CA) to Seattle (WA), departure 15/03/2015

Itinerary:
Date: Sun 15/03/15 Port: San Diego (CA) / USA Depart: 16:00
Date: Mon 16/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 17/03/15 Port: Cabo San Lucas / Mexico Arrive: 12:00 Depart: 23:00
Date: Wed 18/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 19/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 20/03/15 Port: Huatulco / Mexico Arrive: 08:00
Date: Sat 21/03/15 Port: Huatulco / Mexico Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 22/03/15 Port: Puerto Chiapas / Mexico Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Mon 23/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 24/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Wed 25/03/15 Port: Fuerte Amador / Panama Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Thu 26/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 27/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 28/03/15 Port: Salaverry / Peru Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 29/03/15 Port: Callao (Lima) / Peru Arrive: 10:00
Date: Mon 30/03/15 Port: Callao (Lima) / Peru
Date: Tue 31/03/15 Port: Callao (Lima) / Peru Depart: 17:00
Date: Wed 01/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 02/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 03/04/15 Port: Manta / Ecuador Arrive: 05:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sat 04/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 05/04/15 Port: Puerto Caldera / Costa Rica Arrive: 09:00 Depart: 18:00
Date: Mon 06/04/15 Port: Corinto / Nicaragua Arrive: 11:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Tue 07/04/15 Port: Puerto Quetzal / Guatemala Arrive: 09:00 Depart: 19:00
Date: Wed 08/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 09/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 10/04/15 Port: Manzanillo / Mexico Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sat 11/04/15 Port: Puerto Vallarta / Mexico Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 12/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Mon 13/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 14/04/15 Port: San Diego (CA) / USA Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Wed 15/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 16/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 17/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 18/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 19/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Mon 20/04/15 Port: Hilo (Hawaii) / USA Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 18:00
Date: Tue 21/04/15 Port: Lahaina (Maui, Hawaii) / USA Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 18:00
Date: Wed 22/04/15 Port: Honolulu (Oahu, Hawaii) / USA Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 16:00
Date: Thu 23/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 24/04/15 Port: Date Line
Date: Sat 25/04/15 Port: Day lost (Due to passing the dateline)
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: Date Line
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: Tabuaeran, Fanning Island / South Seas Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 14:00
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: Crossing Equator
Date: Mon 27/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 28/04/15 Port: Bora Bora / French Polynesia Arrive: 16:00
Date: Wed 29/04/15 Port: Bora Bora / French Polynesia Depart: 23:00
Date: Thu 30/04/15 Port: Raiatea / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Fri 01/05/15 Port: Papeete (Tahiti) / French Polynesia Arrive: 05:00
Date: Sat 02/05/15 Port: Papeete (Tahiti) / French Polynesia Depart: 05:00
Date: Sat 02/05/15 Port: Moorea / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 03/05/15 Port: Rangiroa (Tuamotu Islands) / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Mon 04/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 05/05/15 Port: Taiohae (Nuku Hiva/Maquesas Islands) / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Wed 06/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 07/05/15 Port: Crossing Equator
Date: Fri 08/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 09/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 10/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Mon 11/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 12/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Wed 13/05/15 Port: San Diego (CA) / USA Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 16:00
Date: Thu 14/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 15/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 16/05/15 Port: Port Angeles (WA) / USA Arrive: 13:00 Depart: 22:00
Date: Sun 17/05/15 Port: Vancouver / Canada Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 16:45
Date: Mon 18/05/15 Port: Seattle (WA) / USA Arrive: 07:00

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Mahenye Charitable Trust and Changana Culture; beading and beautiful ladies…

The Changana ladies at Chief Mahenye’s village have a strong tradition of beading….
Look at these deeply gathered skirts that they embellish with numerous seed beads…

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Some of my personal necklaces, bought from these talented ladies…

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The beading on their clothing and around their waists and necks is a vital part of the way they dress for their traditional ceremonies and dance…

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The Mahenye Charitable Trust (MCT) in collaboration with HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) sponsored the Mahenye Beading Project from the 23rd to the 28th of February 2015. Eleven Mahenye women participated in an intensive training program where a regional bead expert from Durban in South African, and a local fashion designer assisted in modernizing the local tradition with marketable products that will be shown and marketed at HIFA from the 29TH April to 4th May this year.

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The MCT provided the seed capital to purchase the raw materials which Jane Parsons from HIFA, provided for the training. HIFA has placed an order which will be purchased from the Mahenye Beading Club which should cover the cost of the loan from MCT and provide capital to start a sustainable Micro Village Industry, empowering the local Mahenye women to become self-sufficient in supporting and improving their family livelihoods.

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Susan Sithole who represented the Mahenye community at last year’s HIFA, will be accompanied by one other lady in attending HIFA 2015, where on the 29th April there will be a beading fashion show, show-casing three countries, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe. The Mahenye production will represent Zimbabwe in this prestigious event. Very exciting!

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The Chilo Team would like to express their gratitude to Jane, Hlengiwe, Colin and Manuel for their support, enthusiasm and guidance in developing this opportunity for the women of Mahenye to strengthen,and benefit from, their cultural values and traditions.

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HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, fashion, spoken word and visual arts. HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe, unifying socially and culturally disparate groups of Zimbabweans at a time of ideological conflict and political uncertainty bringing huge audiences together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.

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Win the Ultimate Kenyan Safari in Honor of Tusk’s 25th Birthday – Aardvark Safaris Blog

It is Tusk Trust’s 25th Birthday this year…

Win the Ultimate Kenyan Safari in Honor of Tusk’s 25th Birthday – Aardvark Safaris Blog.

I will definately enter this- could end up staying at Sarara…

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or one of my favourite places, Lewa House….

For 25 years, Tusk has been providing hope to the people of Africa through wildlife conservation. With 50 field projects in 18 countries, it has become one of the leading conservation, education and community charities working in Africa.

Tusk’s projects combine conservation, education and job creation to ensure wildlife and land become a renewable resource for local communities. Over the last quarter of a century, it has raised over $30 million to invest in a range of successful conservation initiatives providing vital protection for 36 endangered species, including elephant, rhino, cheetah, chimpanzee, mountain and lowland gorilla, and African wild dog.

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Flowers fit for a wedding indeed…..an announcement has been made!

Kelli and Anton at Chilo Gorge

Kelli and Anton at Chilo Gorge

 

Kelli's toes and a stunning dietes species, in the botanic gardens of Hawai'i....

Kelli’s toes and a stunning dietes species, in the botanic gardens of Hawai’i….

 

Flowers fit for a wedding…..joyous colours of flowers in the Hawai’i Botanic Gardens reflect the happiness we all feel for Kelli and Anton…….

 Best view ever, the photo doesn't do it justice! Full moon of the ocean 15 floors above the sea


Best view ever, the photo doesn’t do it justice! Full moon of the ocean 15 floors above the sea

Anton’s photo of a full moon, 15 floors above the surface of the ocean…..!

I am very very thrilled- My darling daughter Kelli Barker has got engaged to her special man Anton Milner -he is currently working hard, cruising the Caribbean and she is cruising Hawai’i – so this is truly a long distance but very committed relationship! Welcome to our family Anton! Gramps sends his best wishes to you both and Clive Stockil and I look forward to being part of your family as well.I am very very thrilled- My darling daughter Kelli Barker has got engaged to her special man Anton Milner -he is currently working hard, cruising the Caribbean and she is cruising Hawai’i – so this is truly a long distance but very committed relationship! Welcome to our family Anton! Gramps sends his best wishes to you both and Clive Stockil and I look forward to being part of your family as well.

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Beauty specialist on a South Sea Cruise: Humpback Whales, Dance and turquoise waters…

Kelli, my Zimbabwean African child,  is sailing as a Beauty Specialist on a South Sea Cruise from San Diego to Hawai’i and Tahiti this month…

 

My child loves hats....!

My child loves hats….!

 

This is one of her orchid photos from the Hawai’i Botanical Gardens…

imageWhat wonderful culture in store for her!

art….

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dance….images (15)

and more dance…!

culture in French Polynesia...

culture in French Polynesia…

First stop, Hilo Hawaii………….

Hilo Hawai'i

Hilo Hawai’i

The landscape of Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is diverse. Beaches of black, gray, brown and white sand give way to mountains and dramatic waterfalls.

dramatic waterfalls

dramatic waterfalls

Hilo’s Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo is the only U.S. zoo in a tropical rainforest. A day trip away are snow-capped Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, with observatories near 11,000 feet on both mountains, and Kilauea Caldera, an active volcano.

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Back in town are a farmer’s market, restaurants, shopping and banyan trees planted by celebrities and politicians.

Then Honolulu….

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then Lahaina (Maui, Hawaii)………………

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Here are Kelli’s stunning photos of orchids in the Botanic Gardens….

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Delicate beauties….

Fit for a wedding....

Fit for a wedding….

Flowers fit for a wedding indeed…..an announcement has been made!

(See my next post for some stunning news!!!!)

Next, Bora Bora,  an island  of French Polynesia, which is an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet).

Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra

The island was inhabited by Polynesian settlers around the 4th century AD. James Cook sighted the island in 1770 and landed that same year.  Bora Bora was an independent kingdom until 1888 when its last queen Teriimaevarua III was forced to abdicate by the French who annexed the island as a colony.

Queen Teriimaevarua III, forced to abdicate by the French ....

Queen Teriimaevarua III, forced to abdicate by the French ….

Over the last few years several  resorts consisting of over-the-water bungalows ,have been built on motu (small islands, from Tahitian) surrounding the lagoon,extending on stilts over the lagoon. 

beautiful stilt bungalows

beautiful stilt bungalows

Snorkeling and scuba diving in and around the lagoon of Bora Bora are popular activities. Many species of sharks and rays inhabit the surrounding body of water. 

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Tahiti is the largest in a chain of islands that make up French Polynesia.

images (5) The name can either refer to the main island or the entire destination. Commonly referred to as The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls scattered across an impressive nautical surface area the size of Western Europe. Still, these tiny islands—many of which remain uninhabited—make up a total landmass of only 1,600 square miles (4,100 sq. km).

cultural dance

cultural dance

Papeete, based on Tahiti, is a vibrant and multicultural city with busy boulevards and a bustling harbor. The downtown municipal market, Le Marché, is an exciting place to purchase all things Tahiti including vanilla beans, monoi oil and colorful pareos. To live like a local, head to Vai’ete Square after sunset. This waterfront promenade comes to life at night when gourmet food trucks, Les Roulottes, open their windows to serve a range of affordable meals including Chinese food, French crépes, steak frites, fresh fish and pizza.

I am really hoping Kelli will see Humpback whales, since they visit Hawaiian waters each year from November to May with the peak of the season being from January to March.

Humpback whales

Humpback whales

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i. The sanctuary, which lies within the shallow (less than 600 feet), warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, constitutes one of the world’s most important humpback whale habitats.

Through education, outreach, research and resource protection activities, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i.

Humpback whales, now an endgangered species, were plentiful in oceans worldwide before the global population was depleted by commercial whaling at the start of the 20th century. In 1993 it was estimated that there were 6,000 whales in the North Pacific Ocean, and that 4,000 of those came to Hawaiʻi. Through an international ban on commercial whaling and protections under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the North Pacific humpback whale population now numbers more than 21,000. The population of humpback whales that uses Hawaiʻi’s waters as their principle wintering ground is likely more than 10,000 animals. This number is based on a comprehensive research effort that occurred between 2004 and 2006 that estimated the population at approximately 10,000 animals, and the likelihood that the population is still increasing at some unknown rate.

The North Pacific stock of humpback whales feed during the summer in northern waters (between approximate latitudes of 40-75° N). The cool, nutrient rich waters around Alaska provide ideal feeding locations. Humpback whales have plate-like bristles known as baleen in their mouth instead of teeth. They feed on krill and small schooling fishes, such as capelin and herring. A variety of feeding methods are used including bubble net feeding and lunge feeding. Humpbacks rarely feed in their wintering areas and it is not known if they feed along their migratory routes.

migratory routes

migratory routes

Hawai‘i is the only state in the United States where humpback whales mate, calve, and nurse their young.

mother and calf humpback

mother and calf humpback

Humpbacks may find Hawai‘i suitable because of the warm waters, the underwater visibility, the variety of ocean depths, and the lack of natural predators. Mothers can be seen breaching alongside their calves and males can be seen competing with one another for females in fierce head-to-head battles.

 

 

 

Whale behaviours

Whale behaviours

After Papeete comes Fanning Island, Fanning Island is one of the most remote places on earth, an isolated speck in the vast South Pacific well over 1,000 miles south of Hawaii and more than 500 miles north of Tahiti. Fanning is part of the Republic of Kiribati and its capital, Tarawa, lies far to the west, more than 2,000 miles away, with nothing but open water in between. The 1,200 residents of Fanning (or it might be 1,600 or maybe 2,000; it keeps changing and no one has made an accurate count) exist amicably in the dreamy, time-honored fashion of South Pacific paradises.

A handsome, brown-skinned people, they are polite, gentle and shy. They live in grass shacks, or, more accurately, shacks of coconut fronds and pandanus leaves. The traditional dress, for men and women, is a sarong. They live off the land and the sea: fish, coconuts, taro, pumpkin and papaya. They have no telephones, no running water, no electricity (and by extension, no computers, no television, no video games, no movies).
The weather prohibits Kelli’s ship from making port!
They press on to Maquesas Islands :
Nuku Hiva (sometimes erroneously spelled “Nukahiva”) is the largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.
The Marquesas are as wild and untamed as the horses roaming freely through their rugged terrain. Unlike the other islands in French Polynesia, there are no lagoons or protected coral reefs surrounding these landscapes. Instead, steep volcanic mountains plunge straight into the pounding Pacific Ocean, while jagged ridges lay interspersed between deep valleys and thriving jungles.
The Marquesas Archipelago is one of the most remote island groups in the world. These distant volcanic islands are located farther away from a continental landmass than any other island in existence.
Throughout the islands, there are many archaeological and ceremonial sites including houses, shrines, stone statues, agricultural terraces and burial grounds that testify to the existence of an ancient civilization.
Nuku Hiva, located on the northwestern edge, is the largest of the Marquesas Islands. Known as the Mystical Island, it is home to many rare and magnificent attractions such as the black sand beach of Anaho; Hakaui Valley waterfall, the third tallest in the world; Cathedral of Notre Dame, which houses intricate stone and wooden carvings from each island; and countless underwater caverns that shelter an impressive variety of flora and fauna.

 

Maybe Kelli will get to watch a pod of melon-headed whales…..The melon-headed whale is actually a member of the dolphin family. They are usually found far offshore beyond the continental shelf and only come close to shore when the surrounding waters are deep.
Melon-headed whales are extremely social creatures, swimming in tightly packed herds of 100-500 animals, although they sometimes gather in their thousands. The species is generally shy of boats, but is known to bow-ride in areas where it is not harassed, and can be extremely demonstrative when it is not disturbed.

 

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Rabies, Vets and River Sunsets; Wild dogs and Domestic dogs….

Whew, after the rush and fun of Valentine’s weekend, the pace of life has not slowed down….nor did we expect it to! We do still make time to sit and watch the sunset every now and then, though….with the end of the rainy season looming, the Save River is dropping in volume daily, and this gigantic tree that rolled down with the last floods is being left high and dry….

Sunset on a special river

Sunset on a special river

In response to reported cases of rabid dogs, and a little girl suspected to have died of rabies at the end of 2014 in Mahenye community, adjacent to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge and Gonarezhou National Park, Clive Stockil, Chilo Gorge, African Wildlife Conservation Fund and Frankfurt Zoological Society donated accomodation at Chilo Gorge Lodge and further secured funding for VAWZ -(Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe) to carry out a rabies vaccination campaign in the area.

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Some of the VAWZ team based in Harare:

some of the VAWZ team...

some of the VAWZ team…

The campaign officially started on February 17th, and a pre-awareness campaign resulted in a positive response from the community, with over 300 domestic dogs being vaccinated on the first day!

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rabies vaccinations

The community, local ground staff and veterinarians have made this happen. Mel Hood and Vawz team were assisted by Dr Chris Foggin and Jess Dawson, and Dr. Helene Donohoe assisted VAWZ in their very important work in the Lowveld. Helene and Ant Donohoe helped to run an eco-workshop educational workshop at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge for 2 days alongside the vaccination initiative…(more about that wonderful workshop in a later post…)

dipping day...

dipping day…

Cattle dipping day was chosen as a time when many herders would come in to a central point with their dogs…

some reluctant patients...

some reluctant patients…

The vet team were impressed with the general health and well being of the dogs that they saw in the Mahenye area, and commented that these were some of the best looking, and fiercest dogs that they have seen around the country!

I guess reflecting their Changana owners personalities, these are proud hunting dogs!

Some patients were reluctant…..

more reluctant patients...

more reluctant patients…

others were more resigned to their fate….

Three dogs wait loyally behind their owners....

Three dogs wait loyally behind their owners….

Not only the patients were reluctant….

even although a pre awareness and outreach had taken place the week before the vets arrival, some of the more remote villagers felt suspicious of what effect the vaccinations would have on their dogs apart from disease prevention, feeling that perhaps the jabs might make their treasured hunting dogs less fierce, less ‘hunterly!’

For these few sceptics , time will tell, and next time round they will be hopefully more willing to vaccinate their dogs, having seen not only a marked improvement in their dogs’ health, but no resultant lack of hunting skills!

Dr Chris Foggin provided expert assistance and advice…

Chris Foggin and team

Chris Foggin and team

Mel Hood and Caroline keeping records…

Mel and Caroline keeping essential documentation in order...

Mel and Caroline keeping essential documentation in order…

A potential rabies outbreak could not only have severe consequences for the health of the local community, but also local wildlife (including African wild dogs).

In the past, I have seen whole packs of our African wild dogs die in a short space of time due to rabies, which spreads fast among theses very social animals…

Painting-“Dog Dance”, by Lin Barrie- acrylic on canvas, 100 x 130 cm ……………..

"Dog Dance" by Lin Barrie- acrylic on canvas, 100 x 130 cm

“Dog Dance” by Lin Barrie- acrylic on canvas, 100 x 130 cm

With the easing of our rainy season, the Save river is dropping, allowing easier passage of wild animals such as wild dogs and increasing the chances of wild mammals coming into contact with rabid domestic dogs, so this initiative is non-too soon…..

Every dog vaccinated makes a potential difference….and by the end of this exercise over 1300 dogs were vaccinated and treated for worms!

One man and his dog....

One man and his dog….

At the same time as the vaccination exercise, Helene and Ant Donohoe conducted an Eco -Workshop at Chilo, for members of the Mahenye community and Chilo Staff…more than 20 people attended and all comments afterwards were very positive. This initiative is really useful, helping a diverse cross-section of people to understand the Eco-challenges faced by the whole world, not just Africa…..

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, Painted Wolves, red wine and happiness to you all…

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Valentine's Hearts from the bush...

Valentine’s Hearts from the bush…

-nothing better than to share a bottle of Painted Wolf Wine…especially since drinking this excellent wine fully supports real conservation for endangered species

Wines for Life...

Wines for WildLife…

 

Pictus I is such a wine, read the story in this link

Pictus I wine in Gonarezhou

Pictus I wine in Gonarezhou

and read more about my favourite painting subject, endangered African wild dogs, (aka Painted Wolves, Painted Dogs),  in my facebook page, A Celebration of Painted Wolves….

African wild dog sketch 1 BW - lo res

 

https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/art/ will take you to my art catalogue page in this blog……

seems to me that fine food, good wine and conservation go very well, hand in hand….

https://twitter.com/JMiquelWine has gorgeous images for Valentine’s Day..

two hearts

two hearts

 

 

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