Melissa Groo, Mya Thompson
Forest Elephant research; Elephant Listening Project
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
28 Feb 2002
Central African Republic
- Dzanga-Sangha Reserve; near Elephant bai
- 2.954323 16.364085
- SONY TCD-D8
Spaced Omni Stereo
Show: Dzanga Elephants
Log of DAT #: 23A
Engineer: Bill McQuay
Date: February 28, 2002
MT = Mya Thompson
MG = Melissa Groo
AC = Alex Chadwick
CJ = Carolyn Jensen
Bill = Bill McQuay
People speaking another language.
Beeping of an open truck door, truck starting up, driving away.
truck returns, shuts off motor.
beeping of an open car door.
Mya and Melissa whispering. Recording behavior.
Sloshing through water, fly buzzing around the microphone at the beginning. Loud sloshing, getting deeper, then fading.
Okay, that was a roll on the marsh at an uncomfortably close to 6 o'clock hour. We rolled 5 minutes in one direction and 5 minutes in another and now we're going to get the hell out of here because it's way too late to be here. The elephants are due at any minute. And we don't want to be here when they show up. (41:19)
walking through again. Lots of good sloshing through water.
You would think that being knee deep in an elephant dung marsh wouldn't be that pleasant an experience. But at 6 o'clock at night, sun's just going down, water's very cool, fresh stream coming from the south end of this marsh and just washing right through it and it's absolutely wonderful. Wonderful. (43:58)
Walking through water resumes, gets distant. Fly buzzing around.
Bill starts walking. Loud water sloshing footsteps.
re-strapping sandals on to feet, then tramping along the dry path.
Ambi. Insects. Resume walking.
at the bat tree.
Bats flying out of the tree. They make a strange rumbling sound, like a truck driving down a bumpy path.
I'm standing here at the opening of a giant hollow tree, oh, I don't know, 15 feet around, hollow. That sound you're hearing are the hundreds of bats inside and then you're hearing dozens of them flying out and flying in, mostly flying out. (55:55)
walking back to camp.
back at the camp. Lots of people just chatting.