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Diana, the Zimbabwean millionaire. PHOTO: African Cape Buffalo in Texas like those Diana sampled in Africa (photo by Christian Mungall courtesy of 777 Ranch, Texas). BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 97 It can hardly be two days since I saw her off to the airport for Johannesburg, and already I am wondering how I am going to get through the summer. “She” and “her” is my daughter Diana. It all started when Diana announced that she wanted to spend her summer in Africa doing something to make the world a better place. What she had in mind was helping humans as part of a medical project, but, after applying for everything she could find and not even getting any replies, she was almost in tears. So what does a mother do? Being a wildlife researcher, I fixed Diana up with a volunteer spot on a wildlife investigation being conducted by a student who had visited me in the U. S. while looking for a Ph. D. project. What had resulted from that visit was a joint University of California, Berkeley-University of Pretoria study of animal-to-human disease transmission possibilities – or the reverse - in KwaZulu Natal. It was not quite the clinictype job that Diana had hoped for, but it would have to do. continued


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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