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Animal Encounter Gold Winner: The Battle of Waterkloof

Monday, March 28th, 2016

By Gerald Yeung
Bruce Lee vs. the Namibian Baboon Army.
Namibia was founded on two indisputable truths. One: it never rains. Thus I lose my favorite excuse to opt out of a hike. Two: every Asian person is Bruce Lee. These two random facts play pivotally in the attack of the baboons.
The Waterkloof Trail, which exists only [...]

Bronze Award in Animal Encounter: Sleepless in Southern Africa

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

By Dave Fox
It’s 4:23 a.m., and all is quiet in the Okavango Delta.
Wait, no. That’s not right. Let’s start over.
It’s 4:23 a.m. in the Okavango Delta, and I can’t sleep because the birds are antagonizing me. I don’t know what their problem is. Sure, I’ve come to Botswana to check out the wildlife, [...]

Silver Award in Animal Encounter: Satan’s Very Own Island Retreat

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

By Greg Rodgers
“You’re staying here tonight? Seriously?”
My eyes drifted from the rough, wooden dock where we were standing, up a perfect pair of tanned legs, to a set of blue eyes that were examining me with a sense of admiration and adventure.
I explained to a not-so-unattractive Swiss girl that I had hired a [...]

Gold Award in Animal Encounter: The Exquisite Loneliness of Nyai Loro’s Beach

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Melinda Misuraca

The Javanese don’t like to be alone. To them solitude is a sickness cured by surrounding themselves with people. In Java the only encouraged antisocial activities are bathing and using the toilet, and even then true privacy is not guaranteed. If you find yourself forced to conduct such personal [...]

Bronze Award in Animal Encounter: Trumpets of Warning

Monday, June 17th, 2013

by Lisa Alpine
Waking early our first full day at Little Governors’ Camp in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, we were startled to see elephant, hippo, and warthog tracks circling close to the edges of our canvas tent. Was that also a lion’s paw print inches from the tent flap?
The camp [...]

Silver Award in Animal Encounter: Wind Horses of Mustang

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

By Molly Beer
“Having a horse here is like having a motorbike in the city,” Bhupendra Sherchan explained the first day we rode out together on the flanks of snow-capped Nilgiri. The day was still pleasant and autumn-like, the light white, the winds as gentle as the sheep eddies in the town’s [...]

Gold Award in Animal Encounter: Before the Rain

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

By Bunny McBride
. . . before the rain begins I always waken, listening to the world hold its breath. ~Lianne Spidel
It was late, and I lay in my bed in a small round hut nestled against the Great Rift Wall in northern Tanzania. The stone abode was part of a rugged camp where my biologist [...]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: Dreaming of Djurjura Cafe

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Rosalie Justus
Hiking sola in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the author worries about same-species predators and other problems.
I know right away, the Dutch aren’t going. Marlie’s teeth are all purple from the herbs she’s been chewing. They’re a sharp contrast against her pale skin. She’s one of those naturalists that think if it’s [...]

Animal Encounters Bronze Winner: Touched by a Gorilla

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely
How Rwanda Reached Out and Grabbed Me.
Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was one hundred percent alpha-male.  His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger.   Charles, I’d [...]

Animal Encounter Silver Winner: How Not to Almost Die Twice in an Elephant Rampage

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Wendy Inouye
When you are tramping around on foot in the middle of the African bush, you are offputtingly far from the protection of the police, your embassy, and even Robert Mugabe. Best, then, not to piss off the wildlife. And if you do, try not to do it twice in one day.
Adapted from 11.27.2009 [...]

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