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Tales from the Serengeti - Episode 21: "The Adventure Continues"

Posted June 28th 2013 by: Bob House

It's Friday, June 28, 11:22 p.m. here in Arusha. It's 3:22 p.m. back home in Minnetonka. I'm sitting on the porch having my last cigar and drink of Scotch. The bat that has visited me nightly out here has made its appearance and flown off into the darkness. Brad has set up his computer to render footage of the Wild Dogs and gone to bed. I don't know if I mentioned it before but we captured the first professional (or any) film footage of the Wild Dogs in the Serengeti since their reintroduction. They had totally disappeared back in the late 1990s from the Serengeti. No one is certain if it was the result of predators or disease that wiped them out. But a new project by a team of Tanzanian researchers headed by Emmanuel Masenga is trying to reintroduce them. What's really unique is that this project is 100% Tanzanian run.

This has been an adventure of a lifetime. No one who has not experienced what the Serengeti has to offer can fully appreciate what a spectacular ecosystem it is. There is nothing I have ever experienced in my entire life that compares with the Serengeti. Our only regret is that we didn't spend more than six days there. If I could arrange it, I would head back to the Serengeti instead of boarding the plane for home tomorrow evening. Don't get me wrong, I miss my family, but there is something about the Serengeti that grabs your very soul and wants to pull you back.

When we get home the real work will begin. Brad will begin editing the footage we have shot and I will begin the task of writing the script. It's a task that I hope I am up to. During my time here the story I want to tell has evolved into so much more than when I left Minnetonka.

If we are successful with this documentary, several people here are hoping we can come back in a couple of years and do a documentary about the Wild Dog Project. As mentioned, besides the reintroduction of the Wild Dog to the Serengeti, it is a story about the Tanzanians heading the project. Most research projects that have taken place in the Serengeti (and other Tanzanian parks and game preserves) have been initiated and headed by foreigners. In fact there are some foreigners who questioned the ability of the Tanzanians to conduct such research. In essence this is what our documentary will be about.

While we'll be back in Minnetonka, I will continue to post up-dates to this blog telling of our progress. I hope you will continue to follow what we are doing. After all, this isn't the end of the adventure.

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