One of the exciting events I had in San Diego is to present my project to the San Diego Zoological, Institute for Conservation Research. When I do talk in the other places I mostly talk with students, cyclists or adventurer but this one was different, these were people with broad knowledge of conservation, engaged in conservation program in more than 100 countries around the world. Furthermore apart of doing only Biology conservation they also try to find the best way to conserver the natural area. In what we agree together is ‘Conservation can’t be done without collaboration of local communities’.
I think they are very used to seminars because the listen capacity was very high even after 45 minutes whereby to other audience I have to wrap up because they lose their concentration.
As I said before my knowledge of Zoo conservation is quite limit but now with this frequent visit and meet several people, I’m learning other side of it, though you cannot separate it from the concept of money making and only can be afforded by rich society. These zoos can help to save endangered species from extinction, some of good study can be done here accurately due to the availability of facilities compared to the wild areas, and they bring nature inspiration and education to the visitors who wouldn’t be able to visit the wild areas like Africa. That said, I still have to find out what we lose to animal like elephant with it complex brain and social life or bird which mean to be free on the sky to wonder around the cage for the entire life.
Cycling to Los Angles…
I wasn’t aware of how it may feel to be cycling to such a city like Los Angles; it was till last few days when I told my friend in the internet charting. She was so thrilled ‘are you going to cycle to Los Angles?’ she asked. After that conversation is when I start to work on the map and other info regarding the city; I’m going to cycle in the city of 20 million people, which is like ¾ of my entire county, it is the city of famous ‘HOLLYWOOD’, just to mention.
The ride start at Ocean Beach, it was warming up ride as me and Erick cycle without panniers to Carlsbad beach (35Mi). The shit show cycle in these cities is navigation; most of the locals navigate with their GPS so asking it doesn’t mean it improving compare to Bolivia. The route took us through beach towns, these towns has most luxury looking houses, the lane full parked with all sort of car, looks like 3 car per family, visitor you may have to bring your own parking! Everybody is out, running, golfing, tensing, my fellow brothers ‘Mexican’ taking care of well manicure small garden. To be honest I felt like I’m in the big television and soon I’ll get out to the real world. What I mean is like there is no buses with shouting people, street vendors, jobless hang out playing games or so, here it like everything is managed with great remote. It seems like it doesn’t matter what is the day of the week the cold water beaches are full parked with ladies on the bikinis and bare chest dudes.
At Carlsbad my host Aaron and his fiancée Konni they put together part and invite bunch of friends, it was great time to hook up with amazing friend I made in San Diego. The house offer beautiful view of the ocean, for the two nights I spent her, anytime I look at the road there were cyclists, and guys on giant motorbikes making all might noise.
On Sunday morning alongside Dr. James, the direct of Education department at Institute for Conservation Research we start pedaling towards Los Angles. We were supposed to cycle along Pacific Coast Highway but in some point we had to go through towns and here it when it becomes complicated. We had three leaders on three different times; first was a woman we ask for direction and she decides to cycle with us to show us the proper route. Next was a friend (Ron) very fun and enthusiastic buddy who hear about Chile to Kili form friend who have been following the project and the ride from began. Knowing how challenge it might be for navigation Randy and Luke join us in the different separate area. 30 Mi before Los Angles down town I was again alone but now with clear idea or my navigation, before the city get busy, Dr. Curtis from LA Zoo peak me up. Together we drive to Chine town, I guess it big like my county back home, it not a Chine town just as name, it real Chine town. We ate at Chinese restaurant all dishes are Chinese even the chop sticks written made in Chine! I’m told that the city is devided to several gangs as well some places can be dangerous, here it were you see those dudes with baseball caps turned front back. Possible I may see Snoop Dog Dog walking is dogs!
I’m staying in the zoo but not on the cage as many may thing in the very nice apartment, I can here tigers and chimps in the early morning, it doesn’t feel like Los Angles at all. Curtis and other friend from the LA zoo health center they drive me around the city up to observatory and then down to Hollywood. The city is massive and wide spread but that isn’t shocking. The shocking is pollution, first I thought is fog but I was told no man! This is pollution, so far I have heard about pollution but this one was so visible and oblivious.
While my brain was still occupied with that recently experience and my host busy finding way to the famous Hollywood, all over sadden Hollywood was here. I don’t mean to be called blooded but honestly it a place full of mixed feelings of art and illusion. It all about jostling and pushing with tourist from all over the place with access to TV and Movie, just as Arusha down town might be with safaris guys, here are guys with costume of famous actors. The different is this clowns they has secretaries, they has someone who encourage you to take pictures with these clowns for certain amount of dollars. The Hollywood boulevard is full of shops and stores for souvenirs, expensive, clothes, food, etc. There is also lots of tourist vans which shuffler tourist around, under-ground artist put up some demonstration in the street. When the view permits the giant sign board of Hollywood stand still in the foothills.
Jacob Inseberg the SIT student is a man who is brings Chile to Kili in East Coast, through Jack invitation. On Tuesday morning I start the day as early as 4am, short ride to catch a shuttle to LAX airport, shuttle delay due to road accident, before driving in LA I thought Dar es Salaam is worst for traffic jum but that is wrong, here are four lanes but it still jammed. It big airport for the bushman like I one mistake will end up losing the flight. I stand in the queue for a while to find out I have to print my boarding pass myself, the fat lady she just tell me ‘you have to check in again the wall Sir’ there was no further explanation when I turn she was dealing with more confused folks than me. Learning that isn’t only I confused and frustrated with the system, I had to work hard; I got in the plan the last minutes.
Flying over Arizona desert I feel like my body want to jump out of my skin, I had clear memory of the hot days I had here. I was sitting next to Mexican woman who asked me if that was desert, I’m worry I exaggerated the information I gave her because of my recent experience. Arriving in new York I dint see the famous sign because on the window is Indian dude who is more curious than I so he claim the window for himself.
I fly New York then transfer to New Jersey, the formal ‘garden state’ means producing food but what I have seen so far it nice garden with huge house in the middle though timed and clean but no one to be seen enjoy that beauty . So far the invitation will bring me to speak at Princeton, Cap Code, Boston, Portsmouth, Vermont and New Hampshire.