Category Archives: Animals


The old walled city of Harar was founded sometime between the 7th and 11th centuries and quickly grew to be an important Arab trading post. It is sometimes called the fourth holy city of Islam, after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem; … Continue reading

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One school day a couple of weeks ago, the first email of the morning was marked with a red “priority” arrow and contained this information from our director: There is a large adult male baboon on the loose in our … Continue reading

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Bale Mountain Lodge

At a party our first year in Addis I met a British man named Guy who told me about an upscale eco-lodge he was building in Bale Mountain National Park (pronounced with two syllables BAH-lay, not like a bale of … Continue reading

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A day on the Sanetti Plateau

We wondered whether we would see any Ethiopian wolves on the plateau. There are very few of them left in the world. Last year the count for this endangered canid was about 500 over six small regions, one of which … Continue reading

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Gotta go to Ghana

My family’s been on the move lately. Last week Andreas took eight Model UN team members to a conference in Doha, Qatar. While he was away, Alekka traveled with eleven of her classmates to the Global Issues Student Summit in … Continue reading

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A message from Dr. John at the Swedish Clinic (our health provider of choice here in Addis): monkey bites reported in the city, rabies shots recommended. Sheesh. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

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The Elizabethan ruff of misery

Our kittens Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (as Alekka finally named them, never mind that they are brother and sister) celebrated their 4-month birthday a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe “celebrated” is the wrong word, because what it meant for our kitties … Continue reading

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Beware the ides of March

Andreas led a 6th grade field trip to Menagasha today.  They toured the Born Free foundation, a wild animal rescue non-profit that operates in a number of locations around the world.  Here in Ethiopia they run a shelter for exotic … Continue reading

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Where tortoises roam

We have some unusual critters on campus.  Up on the field there are wild tortoises.  They like to eat the grass. I guess they don’t get in the way of the games too much; everyone seems to like having them … Continue reading

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Take two, they’re small

There’s a problem with unwanted animals in this city. I’m starting to think there’s a problem with unwanted animals everywhere.  In Damascus it was cats, in Sarajevo, dogs.  Here in Addis, it’s both.  This is a very poor country where … Continue reading

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