These past two weeks have just been one big blur – filled with visits and goodbyes! I feel like it’s too much for just one blog post, so read more about it on Tuesday and have a lovely weekend. Irma has stopped volunteering with us due to commitments to other NGOs, but we wish her the best on her next few adventures! I’ll leave you with her last blog-post, describing her second-to-last week.
Last Friday (12th June) as I came in I got news that we were going to the Botanical Garden for the second time to see the terrapins that are being kept there. Last time we didn’t get to see them but this time luck was on our side. As we got to the terrapins we began to grab one by one to measure and weigh them but the task was not easy at all. As soon as we entered the water it began clouding up with sediment and we spent a lot of time trying to spot the terrapins before we could actually get one. After looking for quite a while we eventually gave up and left with the data of only three of these animals, two of which were Yellow-Bellied Mud Turtles. It was disappointing but there was nothing we could do as the sediment showed no signs of settling and time was not on our side.
Monday 15th started off well; we had patrol as usual and after lunch we said goodbye to baby Miracle who we will sadly miss. It took time to find Miracle as he was hiding underneath rocks in his tank. But as we set it down near the wetland where he was found he didn’t take long to race down into the water. We hope to have an encounter with Miracle in the future when he’s bigger and we can finally clear our doubt on what kind of species he is.
On Saturday 20th we had visitors at the centre! Banyan Tree had a Children’s Day for their staff, and all of the staff members with kids showed up for a tour of the farm and Wildlife Centre.
Please read the blog next week to hear more about all of our other visitors at the centre!