I arrived in Serengeti on January 24. It’s been more than a little crazy since then. But I thought you might like to see what home looks like. Karibu lion house!

This is our office. Living room. Dining room. Everything. This is home.


Our “gym.” Taken down for rain and hyenas. Also doubles as our porch on which to enjoy sundowners and the view. Notice the rain tank in the background. Constant battle to keep the baboons from opening the tanks.


Stan making replacement antennas in the “shop”.


Daniel entering data. We don’t have a lot of chairs.


Me trying to get internet on the USB modem.


Fabio. Our guard lion.  Sometimes when the baboons are bad we put him on the porch to scare them away. (It used to work…)


Arnold, getting ‘dressed’ for the field. Mud ladders and wood blocks to stack mud ladders on. Shovel and pick-axe to dig out places to put mud ladders.  And of course, a tow-rope, for when none of the above can get me un-stuck from mud or a pig-hole or an overly-ambitious river crossing…


Oh! Right. I almost forgot. Here is our bathroom. The walk seems a LOT longer in the dark…



About ali swanson

I'm an ecologist studying how large carnivores coexist. I spend way too much of my time trying to stop hyenas and elephants from munching my camera traps!

2 responses to “Home”

  1. Anna says :

    Much to my family’s dismay.. I would pack up and move to the bush in a heart beat. It’s interesting to see the workplace!

  2. David Bygott says :

    The old place looks pretty much the same. Even the twisty branch on the wall is the same one Jeannette hauled out of the croc pool at Kirawira about 40 years ago. In the 70s of course, we had piped water, indoor plumbing, electricity now and then, and a fridge at least for some of the time. Your description of the menu rings true. Meat, however, was never a problem for carnivore biologists who weren’t too picky;-)

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