I want to describe I detail the hot dry environment, my interactions with others throughout the day and each emotional reaction I have to be doing something besides sitting at a desk all day staring at a computer monitor. But, I’m so damn tired that it’s hard to do. I’ll be getting up at 5:30 tomorrow and get some up and close time with the lions, which should be cool. And looking forward to being a little more busy on the trip. As much as I love a vacation that involves sitting around doing nothing, this isn’t one of those trips, and tomorrow should be the time of getting busier. I only hope that I have the chance to get some good pictures of the animals.

I’ve met a few people that have been here multiple times, so that says something good about the place and the work they do. I tend to be against the caging of animals, but if they honestly are using them to breed and reintroduce some into the wild, that is a worthwhile cause. Yet seeing the number of lions on the site, and the cages at what point should be breeding stop and the reintroduction begin. From talking to people, the organization has had setbacks due to government instability, weather, finances, and any number of other reasons. There are only 4 stages of the introduction program. How many years can be spent in phase 2, waiting for phase 3 to begin, and watching more and more lions being born for the entertainment of tourists only to end up in pens racing for dead animal scraps at the entertainment of visitors?

Sitting here in the volunteer lounge the air smells of dust, the sounds of people are all around, but the bug population isn’t anything like I thought it would be. The mosquitoes don’t seem to be out much, and even though there is an ant nest surrounding one of the toilets, it seems to be not quite what was expected. A lot like Arizona or Nevada as a comparison for my U.S. counterparts.