Dar es Salaam has a stunning coastline but is also synonymous for humid climate. It can be difficult to leave the temperate Serengeti to be engulfed in a wave of heat, but at times, meetings and appointments beckon our presence.
Luckily, for the FZS team, on this occasion, we were in for a night of excitement and energy. Myself, along with Gerald Bigurube – Programme Officer, Robert Muir – Programme Manager – FZS/DRC, Felix Borner – FZS Pilot, and Kathryn Doody – Project Leader Mahale, were in attendance at an event organized by FZS together with the European Union, some of the most gracious hosts you’ll find.
The event was a celebration of the Serengeti and the many achievements during the past year, namely the rhino relocation. Several discussions arose surrounding the current road issue and the determination behind saving the ecosystem from the potential harm was contagious.
An extraordinary dance group performed a very touching interpretive reenactment of the history of Serengeti National Park, grasping the beauty of the herds and endless plains. It was an evening that carried on into the night with intriguing discussions about the Serengeti and conservation.
We were not only in great hands at the residence of the EU ambassador, but privileged to be amongst many other highly influential individuals.
Ambassadors/Head of Delegations of: UK, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Vatican, Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, USA. I have never seen so many Ambassadors in one place! Heads of UN, World Bank, UNEP; NGO's, Government Officials (despite election time!), ... the presence of all was momentous.
For those who were unable to attend…stay posted for a short film documenting the dance!
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