Goodbye party

My last field season is drawing to a close. I’ve spent two and a half of the last four years living in Serengeti, and as much as I’ve missed my life in Minnesota, I can’t believe I’m really leaving Tanzania. Things have been a little hectic, so here I’m just posting some photos from my going away party.


Pre-party. Fabio is prepared.



Winlady, who helps us with cleaning the house during the week, made delicious chapatis and pilau – a traditional spicy Tanzanian rice & meat dish. If I had any idea she was such a good cook, I’d have been bugging her for pilau every week!


The Swedish stick game. We throw sticks…at other sticks…it’s actually kind of awesome. (Hey, we have to entertain ourselves out here…)




And then we had a visiting rhino beetle.


rhino bug.

Tom, a post-doc with the Savanna Dynamics research project, found me a going away present in the nearest town (Mugumu, ~ 3 hours away).


Oh the things you can get secondhand in Mugumu

I will miss this place.




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!

3 responses to “Goodbye party”

  1. Jesper Thomsen says :

    Dear Ali
    I tried to contact You later this Year but I got no reply.
    How can I have a job helping in Serengeti?
    All the best
    Best regards

  2. Jet Eliot says :

    I know how hard it is to leave Tanzania, a very special place in the world. But it’s a huge world, lots to see…good luck.

  3. MJ Gergen Saint Paul MN says :

    Thank you so very much for sharing your adventures. I have enjoyed your blogs and have learned so very much about the Serengeti. I have been passing along what I have learned to my nephews, they are 5 years old and can’t get enough. Minnesota right now is in a delayed spring pattern. we are about 4 to 6 weeks behind in spring, but the good news is the drought is just about over.
    Welcome Home!

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