Mamiwata is an African name for a spirit believed to be embodied by the manatee. This blog chronicles my search for the elusive African manatee, and my exploration to understand its biology, habitat and preservation needs, economic and cultural significance. So little is known about this animal, yet it is intensely hunted almost everywhere it exists and may already be gone from much of its previous range. In 2006 I was inspired to go find and study them, starting in Gabon.
Friday, November 30, 2007
On Wednesday I went to Kirstenbosch, the national botanical garden, with friends Colby, Susan and Susan's husband Jeff (who is a botanist). Another perfect sunny and cool day and the gardens were breathtaking. Fun to be there with Jeff who is a Cycad fanatic and excited as a little kid over the ancient trees.
Proteas, the national and very unique flower, with the mountain backdrop at Kirstenbosch.
Closeup of a King Protea just coming into full bloom. A view of the sculpture garden where we had a picnic lunch We even found a mermaid! I love how prolific and pervasive the mermaid myth is all over the world.