The day after the book reading, I took Khady, Gulliver, Myamoona and Alfie for a surprise. There’s a national park between Serrekunda and the airport, called Abuko. We’d visited a few years ago when it was a little run down with some hyenas, baboons and lots and lots of vultures.
Last year, some Brits from a bird of prey centre in Kent, England, set up a small animal sanctuary within the park where they take in orphaned, injured or trafficked animals and birds to rehabilitate them for release into the wild. At Eagle Heights, we were guided around to see monkeys, a cheetah, a baby lion and various varieties of bird of prey. Baba the lion was the same age as Alfie and seriously cute.
An English guide explained the stories of each creature and told us a bit about each. There were a couple of puff adders and they told me that if bitten, you have about a day to get to an antidote – this was music to my ears – we can easily get to a good hospital in an hour or so and seeings we’ve found a couple of puffs on our land, I had been a little worried about bites – they’re lazy snakes which don’t bother moving when you approach, unlike most which are more scared of us than we are of them.
Gulliver was so excited, he wet himself. Meanwhile, I sat chatting to the owners who were very interested in the bird life of the Casamance and so we made plans for them to visit us and see for themselves.
On the way home, we saw these guys dancing down the street: