Holidays in Ethiopia

For the first 22 years of my life, I spent the holiday season with family in Michigan. Last year, the holidays were a bit out of the ordinary for me. I spent it with the CABS (Comparative Analysis of Baboon Sociality) research crew in Ethiopia. We took a break from work and travelled around the country.

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The first two legs of our journey were work-related. CABS is a comparative project, which involves a collaboration among scientists who study different old world monkey species. Two of the species involved in the CABS project are studied in Ethiopia: Gelada monkeys and hamadryas baboons. We visited these two species for the holidays.

 

First, we travelled up to the Simien Mountains National Park to observe the geladas.

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The geladas are very unique. I am thankful that I was able to spend time with them!

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After Christmas, we headed to Filoha, Awash National Park to hang out with the hamadryas baboons.

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I had been living at Filoha so this was an opportunity for me to host the other researchers.

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hamadryas3For the next leg of our trip, we headed south for the non-work portion of vacation. We spent several days in Arba Minch and one night in Awassa. These areas are known for their lakes, and fishing is a big part of life in these regions.

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There were many fishermen in the area. The man above was very successful – he caught a huge fish!

We saw a lot of crocs and hippos. A scary thought with so many fiserhermen in the water. But the men were not concerned!

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arbaminch3 On our way back to the capital, we spent a night in Awassa.

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Ethiopia has a diverse range of habitats and cultures. I was fortunate to experience some of this diversity throughout my travels. It is nice to be home for the holidays this year. But last year’s vacation was unforgettable.

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