This is Blake here with an update about my travels and work here for MBP. I am wondering where to even start this blog post because SO much amazing stuff has been happening over the last 2 weeks. I might as well jump right into the nitty-gritty details. Buckle up!
Since I have arrived, I have become a basketball player, teacher, and anesthetists. Let me explain that a little bit. The first major event I can think of would be the arrival of the SIT students here at KAFS.We had this large influx of American students come in 2 weeks ago at the start of the week. They came for a couple of days and Sierra, Victoria, and I were responsible for taking small groups into Sangasanga to teach them how to collect behavioral data and assist them in collecting data on group dynamics for Prolemur Simus AKA my super friggin’ legit animals that I observe every day. The whole process of teaching them about collecting data was quite the experience because we were just improvising the entire time. We (Victoria, Sierra, and I) managed to pull it off decently enough if I do say so myself…which I do. We used one of the smaller groups of lemurs which we track regularly and had all the guides with us to help. We had to keep track of about 9 lemurs using 5 guides and 2 volunteers which is quite a task considering we normally have 2 guides to track 1 lemur. Afterwards, the SIT students were super grateful for the experience so that was a major plus.