- David Wolking
Today the PREDICT team led by Zika and Goodluck laid their first traps at the Tandale market in Dar es Salaam. This kicks off a new phase for PREDICT, where we begin trapping at high-risk urban areas for human and wildlife contact. For us in the US, "urban" contact with wildlife usually means throwing whatever is handy at mice, rats, or raccoons, or maybe feeding ducks and pigeons. In Dar, it's really not that different, except they have fruit bats, and it's nothing like the US at all, I lied. The first site Zika chose for sampling is one of the biggest markets in town, full of delicious looking fruits and vegetables, and according to the Tandale market manager, full of rodents.
After talking with the market manager and getting the market guards to guarantee the safety of our traps overnight, Zika and Goodluck set out a trapping grid in the early evening, and will head on back to the market at 3:30AM to check the traps, and if we're lucky, do some very minimal and safe sampling.
I'm expecting these market mice to be foodies, Tandale is a magical place for the culinarily inclined. I'm sure if Remy lived in Dar, he'd live in Tandale and whip up a magical curry rich in Zanzibari spices, coconut milk, and pili pili... Maybe Pixar will do a Ratatouille 2: Swahili Coast edition. Pixar? Pixar are you there? It's me Remy and I want to go to Tanzania!