But before we started work this morning we had a couple days to explore downtown Lubumbashi, Katanga Province, DRC/Central Africa (see photos below). And, we're also coping with severe jetlag--hence the blogging in the early wee hours--and the bleary eyes! Michael has also started a BLOG of his own which is linked to his business Alaska Wilderness Lodge--a truly spectacular adventure touring destination and great place to get in touch with your soul and nature--see more HERE. Michael is a great observer of people and nature, a passionate conservationist, perceptive writer, intrepid bush pilot and friend; I value so much the opportunity he has given me by showing me--again--what it is like to see new places with a fresh set of eyes! He will also be describing in his blog what this new part of Africa means to him! He has already contributed many ideas and suggestions that will assist this trend-setting project--thank you Michael!
So, come back often and visit our blogs and maybe even let us know of ways to support this innovative and courageous attempt at "ecological restoration" in the DRC/Congo being managed by the Frankfurt Zoological Society! If park restoration can work here it can happen anywhere!
See select photos below taken by Michael; I've been too busy preparing for the workshop to take photos of my own and really appreciate his sharing these with us. But once the workshop is over--and we can get to the field--I will share some of my own photographic memories of what is a new place and experience for me as well. I can hardly wait to get to the field--workshops are important but they are just the "prelude" to doing the real work--in my view!
Some of the truly stunningly well-dressed women who were out with family on Easter Sunday. again, the ability of the Congolese to rise above the degradation around them and enjoy life and dress the part--is truly impressive!