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HOW DID YOU SCORE? 10 Top of the class 7- 9 Good effort 5- 6 Could do better BELOW 5 Return to Zambia - and this time pay attention 1 How many countries share a border with Zambia? 2 Which of the following birds does not occur in Zambia: blue waxbill, blue crane, wattled crane, wattled starling? 3 Zikomo means what in English? 4 By what common name is the larva of the emperor moth Gonimbrasia belina better known? 5 What is an msasa: a kind of tree, a goatherd, a musical instrument, atraditional mealie porridge bowl? 6 Discounting the domestic moggie, how many species of cat are found in Zambia? 7 Who died in Chief Chitambo's village on 1 May 1873? 8 Which of the following rivers is not a tributary of the Zambezi: Kafue, Luangwa, Limpopo, Shire? 9 Kalusha Bwalya, Zambia's greatest ever footballer, scored a hat trick for his country in the 1988 Olympics against which international side? 10 What are Zambia's fi rst, second and third largest cities by population? Brain of Zambia Wattled cranes in fl ight ( centre), with two crowned cranes ROBIN POPE SAFARIS ANSWERS: 1. EIGHT ( TANZANIA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA, NA-MIBIA, ANGOLA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO); 2. BLUE CRANE; 3. THANK YOU ( IN CHINYANJA); 4. MOPANE WORM; 5. A KIND OF TREE; 6. SIX ( LION, LEOPARD, CHEETAH, SERVAL, CARACAL, AFRICAN WILD CAT); 7. DAVID LIVINGSTONE; 8. LIMPOPO; 9. ITALY; 10. LUSAKA, NDOLA AND KITWE ( IN THAT ORDER) So you think you know all there is to know about Africa's most exciting destination? Then see how you get on with this quiz. ( ANSWERS RIGHT) November 2009 Travel Zambia 47 STEPHEN CUNLIFFE the next edition of Travel Zambia, featuring the amazing fruit bat migration of Kasanka - as seen on the BBC's Life, with David Attenborough. BATTY ABOUT ZAMBIA? People Vakacha Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani :

48 Travel Zambia November 2009 Interview Student prodigy Thandiwe Mweetwa, from Mfuwe, is studying applied biology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. During her recent vacation she returned to her South Luangwa home to work with the African Wild Dogs Conservation ( AWDC) project. Kieron Humphrey caught up with her. Your summer job sounds exciting. What exactly have you been doing? On my first day I helped put a radio collar on a lion! It was the first time I'd seen one so I was really thrilled. The wild dog project has been extended to include lions and hyenas, so we can see how the population levels of these main predators affect one another. What's it like being up close to the animals? It's fascinating. The animal is sedated, and an armed Zambia Wildlife Authority officer accompanies us for safety. It can be smelly though: wild dogs have a pungent odour, and we have to take a faecal sample, to check on parasites. If there's no fresh dung nearby, we collect it direct from the animal! What do you do once the collar is fitted? First we have to make sure the animal recovers from the sedative, so sometimes we are out late. It can get chilly, but it's worth it to hear the animals moving around us in the dark. I recorded some of the sounds to play back to my college friends. On one occasion, my colleague Egil Droge was observing lions when they started gnawing at the tyres. I'd have been terrified. What do people think of your work? Some older people see conservation as a waste of time. Their experience of wildlife is mostly elephants raiding their crops. But we've been talking in schools, where the children are more open - especially as I can explain things in Chinyanja. My family are really pleased with what I'm doing; my uncle and my brother are safari guides so they understand the importance of conservation. Will your experiences with AWDC benefit your studies? Yes. Not just in the practical skills, like handling animals, but also in research and managing data. The AWDC project manager, Matt Becker, has given me responsibility for the hyena database. It'll count as credits for my course too. Why British Columbia - and what's it like? I know it sounds mad, but I saw the prospectus for the university years ago and decided then that I really wanted to go there. As for BC, it's wet! You need wellingtons, a raincoat and a good umbrella. At first I was always getting lost on the campus. But there was an excellent induction period for international students and it didn't take long to settle in. When I return in September I'm going to be a counsellor for new students because I realise how intimidating it can be. And what about your studies? I was exempted from some of the basic science last year because of my Baccalaureate, so I've been taking extra courses like anthropology and economics. I've also spent some time at the special agriculture centre, where the university demonstrates traditional farming practices from all over the world. In the third year there's the option of an exchange, so I'm investigating that. What kind of a reception did you get when you came home? It was great to see people but it took a while to readjust. Everyone was very curious to know why I hadn't got fat! In Canada people have lots of personal possessions whereas here we share; I had to remind myself that it was quite normal for my cousin to use my things without asking. Communications are a lot harder here, too: it's an hour's walk to the internet café, and there are three buffaloes that loiter in the bush on the way, so sometimes you can't get there at all. Where would you like to end up: Canada or Zambia? When I arrived in Canada it was like getting to dreamland. I love being there and I'm learning so much. But if I manage to become a vet, ideally I'd like to???????????????????? practise???????????? in Zambia. That might not be for a long time though; one of the most inspiring people I've met was a man who didn't go to vet school until he was 40. All the other experience he'd gained by then really helped him, so I'm in no rush. Back home it takes me an hour to walk to the internet café, and there are buffaloes that loiter on the way