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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 10

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Ten Today is my travel day home from this long adventure, back to California I go.  This will be the last post in this series.  I hope you have enjoyed going on this adventure with me.  It was quite the experience and I am coming home with lots of stories.  Traveling to new places is always inspiring and eye opening.  I love seeing other cultures, speaking with people from all over the world but it is always nice to get home.  Traveling is good for the soul as you are allowed to experience other cultures and ways of life.  For me, it also makes […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 9

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Nine Last day in Senegal, Africa included a quite long bus ride, one interesting pit stop, a lovely fresh fish lunch and lots of hugs good byes to new and old friends.  The goodbyes were more like until we see you again or I will email you.  I felt privileged to be around these minds this week, amazing conservationists from all over the globe working on incredibly challenging projects with the goal of saving animals from extinction.  But as my friend and colleague said to the group at the close of the meetings, if it were not for the people in these meetings, some […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 8

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Eight I thought today I would list out a bunch of things that have been note-worthy or curious about being in Senegal.  Here it goes:   TV is in French.- My francais is better but I will keep practicing. It’s still better than my Spanish. Money is in CIFA- I am not even sure I am spelling that right. Postage is not easy to find.  Sending one postcard, we’ll see how long it takes to get home. A recycling plant would make a killing here with all the plastic rubbish.  (That’s how the Brits say trash.) Bottle water is a necessity if you are […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 7

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Seven We humans are a funny species   Traveling to places you have never been before can be exciting, inspiring and enlightening. Seeing and experiencing other cultures gives you a whole new outlook on the world, life and humans. We tend to get wrapped up in our little bubbles and just see our little pieces of the world. When you travel outside of your bubble you can be surprised by what you see. As I look around at the people of Senegal and see how they live, it is easy to see why Americans can have the reputation of being spoiled. Quite frankly, a […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 6

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Six If not us, then who? The Sahelo-Saharan region is a part of the world that most people don’t know about and is a very harsh environment. Which in my book makes the animals that live there some of the toughest species on the planet. Against many odds they survive and can thrive in this environment. But as tough as they are they still need the help of humans. For 17 years the Sahara Conservation Fund and the Sahelo Saharan Interest Group have been working to provide that help so that these desert species do not disappear. The SCF began many years ago because […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 5

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Five Trek across Senegal This morning we left Dakar and traveled for over four hours to Saint Louis, another coastal town in Senegal. As we drove across the landscape it became very apparent we were in a different world. The culture and concepts are so very different than what I am used to. These travels definitely made me feel appreciative for where I live, as amazing as it is to be here. As a Californian I was raised to care about the oceans and have a deep appreciation for keeping them clean. When I went to the beach growing up, we didn’t litter and […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 4

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Four Senegal Many people also withstand the test of time. Many of the faces at these meetings are people who are really legendary in the conservation of species community. Like some folks today who were on our day trip who could tell you all the species of birds we saw and heard. People who have spent hours and hours in the field with native species to protect their survival. People who care enough to dedicate their lives for the wildlife they care about. It really is humbling. It really makes you ask yourself, what more can I be doing. I don’t think everyone realizes […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 3

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Three Senegal- on the coast of West Africa We will continue to tell our stories, yell them from the rooftops if we need to so that the animals stories can be told. So that everyone knows how awesome they are, so that no more animals go extinct. These are the stories we will tell, that we must share. The oryx, the cheetah, the giraffe, the wolf, the tortoise and on and on, they all have stories. Stories that are meant to be heard, meant to inspire and meant to make a difference. Because their survival depends on us, all of us to share their […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 2

On the Road with RoxAnna Day Two Landed in Madrid. Third airport and 6000 miles later, still on the road. Nothing like a 9 hour layover to get you thinking. So many faces, so many destinations, so many stories. People rushing, people sauntering, people even sleeping. Somebody is always coming and somebody is always going. One thing we all have in common is we all have a home somewhere, and in that home no matter where we come from we have wildlife. But when is the last time you enjoyed that wildlife? Lately, the concept of slowing down has come up. A 9 hour layover will definitely get you thinking […]

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On the Road with RoxAnna – Day 1

On the Road with RoxAnna Day One I am going as a representative of The Living Desert- Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert, CA. The Living Desert has been dedicated to preserving the deserts of the world for 47 years. The zoo has collaborated with the conservation organization Sahara Conservation Fund for a very long time. This is why I am headed to Senegal. To meet with like-minded conservationists to talk about the programs that are happening in North Africa- Sahelo Saharan. As we go through our busy daily lives, it is easy to forget that there are dedicated people all over the globe working in sometimes difficult and challenging […]

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