Into the forest and what did we see?

Our group of seven placed a high priority on relaxation while in Zanzibar, but we’re flexible, and we made an exception. How about a trip to the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park to see the Kirk’s Red Colobus monkeys? The Kirk’s Red Colobus are an endemic and endangered species existing only in Zanzibar.

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Saleem, our guide, explained that three species of monkeys can be seen on Zanzibar and two of those are found in this park.

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We’ve visited National Parks for animal viewing and often came away empty-handed.  In the early morning, Jozani’s monkeys were active and easily seen.

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After observing the monkeys, we moved on to other sights in the park.  We walked through mahogany forests, watched 6-inch long millipedes as they scurried down trees, discovered flowers we’d never seen before, and strolled an observation boardwalk at the mangrove swamp.

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When we had planned to visit Jozani, we had hopes of seeing a monkey or two.  Instead we observed and learned more at this National Park than any other park we’ve been to for the small area we covered and brief time we were there. Jozani is a forest worth looking into!

 

June 2014

 

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4 Responses to Into the forest and what did we see?

  1. The Lu Life says:

    I study primates, but unfortunately I only study their morphology so I end up looking at their bones. But it’s always amazing to see them in the wild! It’s amazing you were able to get those awesome shots! Sounds like a wonderful time!

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  3. Rob Settlage says:

    Wonderful!

    But consider using the word, “indigenous”–“endemic” means within people at the usual prevalence; “enzootic” would mean prevalent at the usual rate in an animal species. “Epi-” in both instances would mean “more prevalent than expected”.

    • Rob, thank you for your compliment and for your scientific suggestion on wording. We just used the word that is used here by guides and in the literature that we read. It seems to be in common usage here when speaking of animals and plants. We appreciate your thoughtful reading and please continue commenting.

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