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Lioness up Close
April 1973

Lioness up Close

Cameroon

"Slightly later than anticipated as the alarm did not go off, we woke naturally at 5.45 and had a quick breakfast. We were then off to Waza with Ali the guide and 3 travelers on bikes, who were not allowed into the reserve. They were most interesting people, 2 Canadians and a VSO volunteer working in Kaduna, Nigeria. We packed ourselves in, 3 in the front and 4 in the back and we’re off!

Again, we had a most successful trip though a lot of mileage was covered. We moved right into the Logone area and saw a whole herd of elephants, herds of antelopes (2 sorts at least) a giraffe in the distance and a pride of lions. That was really something, we drove to within a few feet of them ! But the guide would not let us out of the car (I wonder why!). We also glimpsed ostriches and a lot of other 2 legged fast running birds. We also saw a huge iguana, at least a meter long, but it dived into a hole before we could photograph it. Fred tried to pull it out but boy was it strong. We also glimpsed cerval, a bush cat."
-- The Expedition Journal of Ms. Denise Pollard


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