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One of my favourite places on earth is the ancient Baobab forest of Mirriah, with its mix of century old baobab, palm and mango trees.

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Situated 25 km from our Zinder home, we normally go by car (although horseback riding is an option too during the cooler winter months).

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When Staffan & Inger (the chairman of the board of Eden and his wife) came to visit us in December, we went to the Baobab forest for a Sunday breakfast picnic and brought Sheba long with us.

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Having forgotten something to sit on, we quickly popped by the market and bought some handmade straw rugs.

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They were perfect!

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Our picnic consisted of fruit (melon, papaya and oranges) and coffee, while Sheba had her own assortment of yummy meat bones.

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This was Sheba’s first visit to baobab forest, and she found the surroundings very interesting.

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Having checked out the area, she settled down and guarded us.

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After we’d eaten, we went for a walk amidst the beautiful trees.

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Sheba posed beautifully,

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…but all around her, there were things calling for an RR’s attention.

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Top on the list were numerous boys walking past with their goats (heading for the market).

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One incident even called for the intervention of her owner.
ESTHER: “Sheba, you know we don’t chase goats.”
(Ah, but if only for a brief moment, imagine the fun we could all have!!!)

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That kind of fun, however, was not to be. Not this time, at least.

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Instead, there were other situations to explore! Crossing paths with a herd of zebu calves was not only a great photo-op, but a beautiful West African experience.

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The boys were happy to have their pictures taken,

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…and the calves found Anette very fascinating!

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Walking with cattle is an interesting concept,

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…and the West African zebus are to my experience mostly calm and friendly.

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Sheba however was not as easily convinced, and did not like us wandering around “unattended”.

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She would not relax until all her humans were out of the center of chaos,

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…and the herd heading to the market where it belonged.

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Now, if you’re looking for a great place for a family outing, the Baobab forest is just the place to go!

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And if I knew of any other ridgebacks in West Africa, I would suggest an RR get-together under the ancient trees,

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…where there is lots of expanse…

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and room for fun!

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So how about – any ridgebacks signing up for a 2010 get-together in the Baobab forest of Mirriah? Wintertime would be recommended! :-)

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