Today I visited the Ifaty reserve to see the Baobab trees, lemurs and whatever else local nature has to offer. My mostly African guide, Freddy, really knew his stuff. His expertise at finding wildlife, coaxing them out for the camera and local flora is amazing. He thought I was joking when I told him that, in America, the sun is in the South. I asked him about tourists and how frequently he conducts tours. He told me that it varies depending on the season. Certain times of the year bring a lot of French and other times bring South Africans. I asked him if the South Africans are mainly white or black. He replied that only white South Africans come to see the park. When I asked why he thought this was so, he replied that only whites care about the birds, the animals and the trees. Blacks don’t care about these things.” My impression was that he, of course, was an exception; he makes his living from the forest and I would like to think that he feels a connection to it other than simply as a source of income. Either way, he got a nice tip from me. Thanks to him, I got some really nice photos of a wild lemur and other critters (he climbed the tree to coax it out for my camera)! The connection here is too slow to upload them. You’ll have to wait until after my return.
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