YOT Green Adventure 2013 (Kenya) - Clinton Ng

YOT Green Adventure 2013 (Kenya) - Clinton Ng

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This was really a miracle! In the morning game drive, we met several unexpected guests - wild dogs. Our driver Samuel, who's driven for over 20 years, told us that this was just the third time he saw them. The last time he met the dogs was five years ago.

Unlike the ‘Big 5′ mammals, the wild dog is not a famous species. However it is endangered and is more difficult to find. In recent years, the government and other NGOs have done a lot conservation work to help them. Nevertheless the number of the wild dogs are still decreasing. So I think people should pay more attention on this species. If not they will disappear someday.

After the morning game drive, we went to the Samburu village to visit the natives there. They were extremely passionate that they danced a welcome folk dance and sang a wedding song for us. After that, we started to divide into groups and followed the village guide to visit the inhabitants. The natives used to live in small huts made of cow leather. But a drought three years ago killed all of their cows. Now they use grass and paper to build their homes.

Some of the natives know English as they attended school when they were young so we were able to communicate with them easily. I chatted with a boy who is only one year older than me. He wore their traditional dressing and held a spear. He told me many things about their daily lives and traditional culture. After hearing his words, I think that the over-exploitation and human activities greatly affected their lives and traditional culture.

In the afternoon, we went on a game drive again. This time we witnessed two leopards laying on a rock and tree, respectively. Perhaps they were resting and spying on their prey. They looked extremely mighty which made us feel really thrilled.

Leopards are very similar to cheetahs. Their most distinctive difference is the spots on the body. Cheetahs have black marks running from the corner of eyes while leopards don’t. Furthermore, a leopoard is relatively larger than a cheetah.

Compared to rhinos, leopards seem to be more abundant, but the truth is that their numbers are actually decreasing. I suppose that habitat loss due to human activities is the most likely reason that lead to the problem.

Hopefully we can discover more unexpected and rare species!

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Nedhunuri

22:11pm

>> ... 雷曼兄弟倒閉引發金融海嘯一週年There was a lot of media coverage on the Lehman Brothers anarveisnry. Yet, the US financial sector is still fighting against Obama for his proposed regulatory reform. Do we ever learn, or perhaps money really talks ?

Iwan

22:21pm

Qualcomm is one of the best companies to work for in San Diego. We can't affrod to lose them but then again, they have been shipping jobs out for a long time. With all the so-called voting power American citizens have, we can't stop jobs from being out-sourced. Argh, as you know, campaign promise is one thing, reality is another. Jobs have been lost since Clinton was in office. Qualcomm relies on government contracts too. c5s long as their headquarter stays in San Diego, I don't mind seeing them expand to China. I am sure they will bring some Chinese business back to San Diego too. We have a football stadium named after Qualcomm- Qualcomm Stadium..