- Published 31/10/2017 It’s looking a lot like Christmas … at Bristol Zoo Gardens
The rest of our catch-ups went without a hitch.
Michelle had got her eye in, and on the rare occasion she missed, we tagged the tree to make finding the spent dart easier in the morning.
Everyone clicked into their rolls and each night we’d come across Ivan wearing his collar, soon to be followed by Bozy, Sharon and Francis.Each night we fell less, developed a ducking run to avoid spider webs, and shrugged off the thorny creepers. We also spotted more and more interesting wildlife like dwarf lemurs, mouse lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos and boa constrictors.
By day we’d try to sleep in the hammock, swim in the river and wash our clothes which all took on a red colouration from the mud and required careful drying management as the blistering hot blue sky would suddenly become thick with grey cloud, promising pounding rain.
Maline cooked us rice for breakfast, which we ate with sugar and peanut butter. We had rice for lunch with beans and rice for dinner with beans, with blow-your-head-off pulped green chilli and papaya salad.
It was day four when we first spotted Andy the skink. He lived behind Andy the field assistant’s tent and had what looked like a metal washer around his neck. Presumably he’d burrowed through it somehow and it was firmly lodged. We soon realised that catching Lepilemurs was relatively easy and try as we might, he proved impossible to catch, scuttling under piles of dried leaves and fallen branches, slipping through the fence to vanish in Maline’s vegetable patch and skittering off to hide near the dreaded toilet.
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