Studying the Indirect Effects of Wildlife Loss at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya
First thing on Monday morning, I get into the driver’s side of the Land Cruiser, grasping the “holy sh*t” handle to hoist myself up into the seat. My field team clambers into the back; the other front seat is piled high with scientific instruments, carefully arranged in mounds so that nothing jostles around too much. To the team’s benefit, though, the view on our half-hour drive to our field site is far better from the open-air seats in the back. They’re much more likely to get smacked with a wayward acacia branch, but all in all it’s probably worth it for the 360-degree panorama of the Kenyan savanna we’ll be driving through.