Friday, July 13, 2018

Final blog and thank yous


It’s been 15 days since I’ve left Fisi Camp and it already feels like a lifetime has passed. As cliché as it sounds, it’s difficult to put in words how much this experience has changed my life. I came into the project in the hopes that I would gain valuable field experience for graduate school and more importantly to see if I enjoyed fieldwork. I can safely say that both goals have been accomplished and then some.
Not only did I love field work, I gained so much knowledge about so many things: How to run a camp, check a car, unstick a car from the mud, work with our camp staff, get along with a small group of people for an extended period of time, and a lot more. It’s safe to say that I am not the same person that left for Kenya a year ago, and I would like to thank a few people for doing that.

To all my co RA’s: Morgan, Mary, Leah, Allie, Emily B. Thank you for all the laughs, pulling me out of the mud, and for showing me new ways to think.

To the grad students: Lily, Connie, Olivia, and Julie. Thank you guys for letting me be apart in your projects and for the advice about life and grad school.

To the guys: Joseph, Chief, Samwell, Lesinqo, Steven, and Sasine. You guys are what make camp so special. You all don’t just keep camp maintained and make amazing meals, you opened up your hearts and let me become apart of your family.

Kay and Dee: you two are the most dedicated, hardest working, hilarious duo I’ve ever met. You both set the bar for what a scientist should be like, thank you for giving me this amazing experience.

Benson: You are a truly rare and incredible human being. You’re ability to teach anyone with such patience, kindness, and encouragement is a true gift. How different of a world it would be if everyone taught like you. Thank you for being a rock solid friend and teacher.


Now that I’m back in the States I will be starting graduate school this August in Dr. Martin Muller’s lab at the University of New Mexico. Where I’ll be getting my PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology studying chimpanzees in the Kibale National Park in Uganda. Undoubtedly, the skills I’ve gained from my year in the hyena project will prove invaluable for this and all of my future endeavors.

“ I think I’m quite ready for another adventure!” --- Bilbo, The Return of the King.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Mapping the Mara




After finishing my first year of my PhD, I was eager to do some field work! Fortunately, one of my lab mates is collaborating with a remote sensing institute to make a land cover map of the Mara. Creating this map requires some on-the-ground work to verify which habitat types are at specified locations. This provided a great opportunity for me and my lab mate, Olivia, to collect some data and help create a map we will use for our dissertation research.

Our goal is to visit as many locations around the Mara as possible and record information about the ground cover to use as training data to build the map. Instead of following hyenas at dawn and dusk, we collect our data during the day, traveling to our randomly generated points. Most of the points we travel to are in grasslands.



However, we need to make sure all cover types are represented in our dataset, so we also search for rarer habitat types, like riverine forest and wetlands. Luckily, some of the best riverine forest is right in camp, along the Talek River.

Olivia collecting data for our mapping project on the Talek River near camp. 

Here I am, checking out the vegetation across the river.


Most of our days involve a lot of looking at plants and describing the ground cover. Sometimes we have company, like a thirsty elephant who stopped by to take a drink in the pond at one of our points. Luckily, we were finished with that point.



Sometimes, we find that our point is already occupied. Yesterday, we came upon a cheetah resting in the patch of shrubs where we planned on stopping. After awing at how lucky we were to find a cheetah, we decided to find another point.


Driving around and during the day also gives us great birding opportunities. Here are some of my favorite birds we’ve seen so far:

Grey-headed Kingfisher

Lilac-breasted Roller


Usambiro Barbet


This project has been a great opportunity to explore new areas of the Mara, giving us a broader perspective on the landscape and many chances to see amazing wildlife. I look forward to continuing the rest of the ground-truthing here in Talek and in the Mara Triangle!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Rerouting...

When bright-eyed bushy-tailed research assistants arrive in Kenya, they're ready to learn: how to identify hyenas, how to operate the tracking equipment, how to change a tire, how to speak a little bit of Swahili, how to drive a stick-shift. But, like many of the skills research assistant gain in the field, learning to drive in the Mara isn't going to be as simple as it sounds...

Driving a manual car on a paved road is one thing. Driving an ancient 2-ton diesel Land Cruiser is another thing. And driving said Land Cruiser off-road in tall grass during the rainy season? To say the least, it builds character.
At the end of obs, we thought we could beat the storm back to camp...
we thought wrong.
When the rains come, this grassland turns into a swamp.
I guess we won't make it to North Clan's den today after all.
To avoid rocks, swamps, tall grass, and the occasional drop-off, it's easiest to stick to the tracks. Unfortunately, we're not the only ones who think so. Believe it or not, traffic can get pretty rough...

The migration is here!

Baboons kick it in the drive to the Serena Lodge.

The cars move aside to let the queen pass... but she's not alone!
These buffalo aren't too keen on us. It's up to us to find a different way to
Happy Zebra Clan's den before the sun sets!
As this herd of elephants passes, a young calf turns to face us, swings his trunk wildly,
and lets out a high-pitched little trumpet. He thinks he's quite intimidating.
On this hot day, we didn't have the heart to make these warthogs abandon
their mud puddle on the side of the road.
A male ostrich takes off running from the road.
Patience is a virtue...
A pair of black-backed jackals have found a way around the tall grass.
We'll wait our turn.
A kori bustard shows off!
Always good to see a bat-eared fox!
On the way into Talek camp, we luckily spotted this little guy before rolling over him!
We scooted him off the track, and he went on with his day, only moderately irritated by us.
I like to think I have a special relationship with Billie Jean (North Clan female).
She seems pretty relaxed around us, and even let me get a peek into her den to see
her little black cubs one day! The downside is that she trusts us too much to move
out of the way of the car. When she sacked out in front of us, I knew we would we'd
need to reroute.

Even in Nairobi, we face some unexpected obstacles...
Driving down the escarpment on the way back to the Mara is
a little anxiety-inducing...
Cars aren't the only traffic in Nairobi. This sheep seems to
know what s/he's doing though.
Even in the busiest parts of Nairobi, it's important to
look out for cattle.


Sharing the road with the wildlife (and cattle, sheep, and goats) can be a pretty great thing though. The Mara is my favorite place in the world to be behind the wheel, because you never know what amazing surprise you'll stumble across next!

An unexpected, and eternally appreciated, PANGOLIN SIGHTING!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Moving Next Door

In the Mara, when male hyenas are between two and five years of age, they will leave the clan that they were born into (natal clan). The males are not kicked out of their natal clan, but in order to have breeding opportunities, they will need to immigrate to another clan. Over our years of research, we have found that males often move to a neighboring clan or a clan that is just one over.

One of my favorite things to see are our natal males, checking out and moving to another clan that we study. This is very exciting because we do not know where most of our immigrant males have come from or any details from their past. However, we have known these males since birth. We know their mother, natal rank, and many other valuable details.

Here are a few of them
1. Wailing Wall: Wawa was born into our Serena North clan. His mom was LCS who was a very low ranking female. Wawa has beaten the odds and successfully dispersed to the neighboring Happy Zebra clan, which we study as well.

Wawa as a cub out on an expedition with some adult males.
2. Strummer: Strummer's mom was Arrow, a mid-ranking female in our Serena North clan. Strummer has dispersed to our Serena South clan.
Strummer as a sub-adult before he immigrated.  

3. Voyager: Voya and his brother Gazr were both born into Serena South clan. Their mom, Komo, was the daughter of the matriarch and quite high ranking. Both boys have recently immigrated to Serena North clan. We are interested to see if both boys stay or if one will eventually move to another clan.
Voya as young cub.

4. Katana: Katana was born into Happy Zebra clan. His mom was and still is the matriarch of Happy Zebra. Katana first seemed to be settling into our Serena South clan, but then he changed his mind and ended up in our Serena North clan.
Katana looking handsome.









Friday, June 22, 2018

Hyena Tinder


Otis













Main Doc, 3 
Love to travel? Swipe right! Roaming the territories is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been seen on Lion Hill, near Fig Tree, and even all the way out to Fisi Camp! Come with me and have an adventure.



Vancouver
 












KCM, 4
I love to take long walks by the Talek river and watch brilliant Mara sunsets every night. Also, not to brag, but my spots are pretty darn beautiful if I do say so myself. Hit me up if you’d like an in-person look ;)


Jean Grey
 












Pond, 4
I’m originally from the distant Fig Tree clan and I’m looking forward to getting to know you Talek West females.


Abidjan 
 

KCM, 2
Care to share a nice fresh wildebeest carcass? I’m your male! Swipe right and we’ll get the hunt started.


Khartoum
 

Main Doc, 8 
I’ve been around the block a few times but don’t let that fool you, I can fend off a clan war with the best of them. My spots may be a little faded but my teeth are as sharp as ever!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mara Magic

Hey friends and family of the Mara Hyena Project, my name is Jess and I’m the newest RA on the Serena side of the Mara. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2016 (Go Gators!) and then spent one year studying olive baboon behavior in Laikipia, Kenya and one year studying the reproductive ecology of the little known Kinda baboon in Kasanka National Park, Zambia. The big switch from primates to carnivores has been incredibly challenging and rewarding in more ways than one, most notably through a little phenomenon we call Mara Magic. Unlike Trail Magic, the unexpected acts of kindness you come across while hiking, Mara Magic is a gift bestowed upon you by the Mara itself. It can be something as simple as a playful pile of cubs at sunrise or as fantastic as an all night lion-hyena carcass session. Here are some of the incredible instances of Mara Magic I’ve experienced in my first few weeks here. 

Day 1: We stumble upon a jackal with the upper half of an adult impala

Day 7: I’m asked to fill a spot in a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Mara

Day 10: My first day transcribing, we stumble upon a Happy Zebra carcass session and I get a crash course in aggressive behaviors

 
 Day 13: A buffalo carcass turns into a late-night obs with the infamous Scar and his brothers


Day 20: On RA Emily’s last morning obs, we find a hyena mob 30 strong chasing off a lioness

All of this, not to mention the cubs and my coworkers who make my heart sing daily, make me feel remarkably lucky to be a part of this project. I hope to share these little pieces of Mara Magic with you throughout the year on this blog and on the project twitter (@MSUHyenas) which I've just started up. 

Cheers! 



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Talek's Newest Member

Hello fellow fisi fanatics! I’m Emily, the newest RA for for Talek camp and I’m stoked to announce that I’ve successfully made it through my first month in the field! I started with the project my freshman year of college volunteering as a research assistant for then PhD candidate Dave Green doing secondary carnivore analysis. Starting my sophomore year I was supervised by PhD candidate Zach Laubach studying maternal care behaviors in our two populations of hyenas. Like many of the other RA’s, I went on BEAM and fell in love with the Mara and was determined to return as soon as possible. Seventeen days after graduation I hopped on a plane and did just that!
 This first month in the field has blown me away. I’ve seen a cheetah take down a full grown male impala right in front of the car, gained a healthy respect (and more fear) for elephants and buffalo, witnessed my first hyena death, learned how to drive in a literal wall of water, and begun to love and learn the quicks of the hyenas that I’ve read about in the notes for 4 years. I cannot wait to see what this year holds in store for me (and our hyenas) and am beyond blessed to get to spend it in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. 

Until next time, kwaheri!


Meet PITU (aka Mouse) - my favorite hyena. My love for him almost rivals my love for my cat (but not quite). 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hyena Almanac

As my time in the field comes to a close, I thought about what I would want to know the most after I leave. I came to the conclusion that I would want to know about the hyenas, who was born, who had died, what new lineages had been created in the time that I had left. To that end I am posting our clan lists that list all the hyenas that we currently study in Talek. The breakdown of this list is thus: the top left name on the list is the highest ranking hyena, each one below the other is directly one rank below; each indent also represents a generation; Red highlighted names indicate deceased hyenas; their full name, lab code, sex, and birth date is listed; immigrant males are listed at the bottom of the list and go from oldest and thus highest ranking to newest immigrant male.

Main Doc Talek West Clan List (as of 25 Feb 2018)
1BUAR is the alpha female, and she and her offspring are higher ranking than HEL.

Murphy – MRPH (25 June 96) – f
                  1Buenos Aires – BUAR (18 Dec 09) – f
                        Lumen – LUME (17 Dec 17) - ?
                        Slug – SLUG (12 Jun 17) - M
                        Hertz – HRTZ (19 Jul 16) - m
                        Nanosecond – NANO (19 Jul 16) - f
                        Joule – JOUL (20 Jun 15) – f
                              Emerald – EMRA (7 Aug 17) – M
                        Kilometer – KILO (20 Jun 15) – m
                        Knot – KNOT (23 Aug 14) – f
                              Bowline - BOWL (21 Aug 17) - F
                        Megabyte – BYTE (12 Jan 13) – f
                              Bruschetta – BRET (31 Oct 16) – m
                              Calamari – LARI (31 Oct 16) – m
                        Decimeter – DECM (12 Jan 13) – f
                              Super 8 Motel – MOTL (13 Dec 17)
                              Ritz – RITZ (12 Jan17) - m
                              Hilton – HITO (20 Jun 15) – f
                                    Iron Man – IRON (15 Mar 18)
                                    Captain America – CAP (15 Mar 18)
         Helios – HEL (1 Feb 06) – f
                  Cristo Redentor – CRST (28 Oct 16) - m
                  Rio Negro – RION (29 Apr 14) – m
                  Tierra Del Fuego – TIRA (29 Apr 14) – m
                  1Buenos Aires – BUAR (18 Dec 09) – f
                  Amazon – AMAZ (15 Feb 09) – f
                        Anemone – MENO (26 Jan 17) - m
                        Medusazoa - MDSA (26 Jan 17) - f
                        PortugueseManofWar – POW (27 Dec 15) –m
                        Urchin – URC (27 Dec 15) – m
                        Shrimp – SHMP (30 Nov 14) – m
                  Atacama – ATAC (15 Feb 09) – f
                        Myth – MYTH (4 Jul 16) – m
                        Legend – LGND (4 Jul 16) - f
                        Fairytale – FAY (28 Jan 14) – f
                              Bellatrix – BTRX (09 Feb 18) - ?
                              Regulus – REG (09 Feb 18) - ?
                              Dolohov – DOLO (14 Jan 17) - f
         Morpheus – MOS (18 Feb 03) – f
                  Magenta – MGTA (10 Jan 09) – f
                        Pikachu – PCHU (31 Aug 17) - ?
                        Charizard – CHZD (31 Aug 17) - ?
                        Onix – ONIX (30 Sep 15) – m 
                        Umbreon – UMBR (23 Mar 13) – f
                              Marceline – MRCI (19 Nov 16) - m
                        Jolteon – JLT (23 Mar 13) – m
                        Togepi – TGPI (3 Jan 12) – f
                              Cheesy Quiche – CHQ (DOB)
                              Fritatta – FRTA (3 Nov 16) - f
         Adonis – ADON (20 Mar 01) – f (KCM)
                  Twister – TWST (31 Mar 11) – f
                        Leo – LEO (25 May 17) – F
                        Gemini – GEM (25 May 17) - F
                        Pisces – PCES (02 Dec 13) – f
                              Tiramisu – MISU (27 Dec 16) - F
         Artemis - ART (24 Mar 00) – f
                  Maasai – MAA (12 Oct 12) – f
                        Daffodil – DILF (11 Aug 17) - M
                        Tulip – TULP (11 Aug 17) - ?
                        Tiger Lily – TGLY (17 Oct 16) - m
                        Flaming Lily – FLIL (28 Feb 15) – f
                              Green Pigeon – GPGN (29 Oct 17) - ?
         Borana – BORA (23 Dec 10) – f
                        Shoka – SHOK (7 June 2017) - M
                        Panga – PNGA (7 June 2017) - F
                        Mkuki – MUKI (11 May 15) – m
                        Gorfa – GOFA (08 Dec 13) – f
                              Lagomorpha – LAG (23 May 2017) - M                                                 
                              Artiodactyla – ARTI (23 May 2017)  - M
         Athena – ATH (20 Nov 98) – f
                  ZC (13 Mar 01) – f
                        Gucci – GUCI (3 Mar 04) – f
                              Ziti – ZITI (3 Apr 10) – m
                              Alfredo – ALFE (5 Jan 09) – f (Pond)
                                    Trunks – TNKS (15 Mar 13) – f
                                                Jean Shorts  - JORT (22 Sep 17) –
                                                High Waisted - HIWA – (22 Sep 17) -
                                                Daisy Dukes – DDS (11-Oct-16) - f

Moon Pie – MP (23 Jul 94) – f
         Falafel – FFL (28 June 03) – f
                  Mavi – MAVI (25 Nov 16) - f
                  McGuire – MCG (25 Nov 16) - M
                  Acne – ACNE (06 June 15) – f
                  Nudie – NUDI (06 June 15) – f
                  Carhartt – CAHA (31 Mar 14) – m
                  Chicos – CHCO (22 Jan 13) – f
                        Peaceful warrior – PCFL (DOB) –
                        Half Moon – HFMN (DOB) -
                        Lord of the Dance – LORD (22 Oct 16) - M
                        Child’s Pose – CHLD (22 Oct 16) - m
                  Wrangler – WRAN (13 Jan 10) – f
                        Jambo – JMBO (8 may 2017) - F
                        Hola – HOLA (8 may 2017) - M
                        Degemermat – DEGE (8 Sep 14) – m
         Yogurt – YOG (20 Nov 01) – f (KCM)
                  Neon – NEON (26 Dec 10) – f
                        Deepwest Hotel – DPWT (27 Oct 17) - ?
                        Jacinta Hotel – CINA (27 Oct 17) - ?
                        Tawfiq – TIQ (28 Oct 16) - M
                        Glory General Shop – GLO (28 Oct 16) - f
                        G&Gs – GNG (23 Mar 14) – m
                  Argon – ARG (20 Oct 05) – f
                        Wrath – WRTH (28 Oct 12) – f
                              Grace Shelby – GRCE (18 Sep 17) - ?
                              Buffy the Vampire Slayer – BUFY (7 Oct 16) – m
                              Detective Olivia Benson – BENS (7 Oct 16) - F
                        Lust – LUST (6 Sep 11) – f
                              Luxy – LUXY (3 Feb 17) - f
                              OK Cupid – CUPI (3 Feb 17) - f
Bailey – BAIL (4 Jan 92) – f
         Baez – BAEZ (16 Oct 04) – f
                  Simone Biles – SIMO (28 Oct 16) - f
                  Tamika Catchings – TAMI (29 Mar 15) – m
                  Kerri Strug – SRG (29 Mar 15) – f
                  Hope Solo – HOPE (30 Mar 14) – m
         Hendrix – HEX (4 Mar 03) – f
                  Adidas – ADS (11 Feb 15) – m
                  Merrell – MERL (21 Jul 13) – f
                        Beaker – BEKR (4 Nov 17) - ?
                        Erlenmeyer Flask – ERL (4 Nov 17) - ?
                        Pipette – PIP (31 Oct 16) - m
                        Petri Dish – PTRI (31 Oct 16) - ?

Immigrant males:
                  Juba – JUBA
                  Gaza – GAZA
                  El Paso – ELPO
                  Dodoma – DDMA
                  Khartoum – KHTM
                  Kennett Square – KESQ
                  Kapenguria – KAPE
                  Traverse City – TC
                  Lusaka – SAKA
                  Copenhagen – CHAG
                  Brussels – BRSL
                  Milwaukee – MKE
                  Knoxville – KNOX
                  Marquette – MARQ
                  Waban – WABA
                  Otis Alexander Sudeikis – OTIS (31 Jan 15) (MD)



 
KCM Talek West Clan List (as of 12 May 2018)

                        *Princess Buttercup – PBUT (4 Jul 13) – f
                              Ice Needles – ICEN (19 May 17) - ?
                              Snow – SNOW (19 May 17) - ?
                              Hail – HAIL (29 Dec 15) - f
                        *Tiana – TIAN (4 Jul 13) – f
                              Bindi – BIND (29 Aug 15) - f
Murphy – MRPH (25 June 96) – f
         Adonis – ADON (20 Mar 01) – f
                  Risk – RISK (28 Jun 16) - M
                  Clue – CLUE (28 Jun 16) - ?
                  Trouble – TRUB (15 Feb 15) - ?
                  Parcheesi – PARC (22 Jul 08) – f
                        Eowyn – WYN (3 Oct 16) - ?
                        Arwen –REN (3 Oct 16) - ?
                        *Princess Buttercup – PBUT (4 Jul 13) – f
                        *Tiana – TIAN (4 Jul 13) – f
         Pan—PAN (20 May 04) – f
                  Satyr – STYR (16 Oct 11) – f
                        Lightly Fried Swordfish Fillet - SORD (14 Feb 16) - f
                  Harpy – HRPY (29 Oct 09) – f
                        Dynamite Roll – DYNO (19 Jul 17)
                        Rainbow Roll – RNBO (19 Jul 17)
                        Kani – KANI (29 Jan 16) - F
                        Unagi – UNAG (12 Mar 14) – f
                              Teeny Weeny – TW (23 Dec 16) - ?
                              Munchkin – MNKN (23 Dec 16) - ?
                  Centaur – CEN (1 Mar 08) – f
                        Burger – BRGR (30 Oct 11) – f
                              Arby’s – ARBY (25 Apr 17) - M
                              Wendy’s – WNDY (25 Apr 17) - ?
                              McDonald’s – MCDS (01 Dec 14) – m
         Loki—LOKI (20 Apr 08) – f
                  Tatooine – TATO (25 Nov 12) – f
                        Sweet Potato – SWPO (?) - ?
         Morpheus – MOS (18 Feb 03) – f
                  Crimson – CRMS (19 Dec 10) – f
                        Cyberman – CYBR (20 Sep 13) – f
                              Rupert – RPRT (30 Mar 17) - ?
                              Richard Hatch – HACH (12 Jan 16) - m
                  Magenta – MGTA (10 Jan 09) – f (MD)
                        Oddish – ODD (3 Jan 12) – f
                              Tenacity – TENA (2 Aug 15) - M
                  Aquamarine – AQUA (17 Apr 06) – f (Pond)
                        Ted Williams – TED (30 Oct 10) – f
                              Galana River – LANA (17 Oct 16) - ?
                              Athi River – ATHI (17 Oct 16) - ?
                              Malewa River – LEWA (12 Jul 15) – m
                              Kerio River – KERO (12 Jul 15) – ?
         Athena – ATH (20 Nov 98) – f
                  ZC (13 Mar 01) – f
                        Gucci – GUCI (3 Mar 04) – f
                              Gelato – GEL (5 Jan 09) – f
                                    Treat Street – TRST (13 Dec 17) -
                                    Moomer’s – MOO (22 Jun 16) - f
                                    Cold Stone Creamery – CREM (22 Jun 16) - f
                                    Yogurt Land – YOLA (31Jan15)m 
                               

Moon Pie – MP (23 Jul 94) – f
         Baba Ganoush – BAB (30 Oct 04) – f
                  Dogpile – DOGP (15 FEB 17) - ?
                  DuckDuckGo – DUGO (09 Sept15) – ?
                  WolframAlpha – WAMA (09 Sep 15) – m
         Falafel – FFL (28 June 03) – f (MD)
                  TILT (20 Jul 08) – f
                        Blue Ivy – BIVY (27 Jun 16) - f
         Yogurt – YOG (20 Nov 01) – f
                  Flourine – FLUR (29 Oct 16) F
                  Chlorine – CLRN (26 Apr 15) - f
                  Balloon – BLLN (01 Apr 14) – f

Navaho – NAV (7 Nov 92) – f
         Roosevelt – ROOS (2 Mar 07) – f
                  Kim Jong-un – KIMJ (1 Dec 17)
                  Hastings Kamuzu Banda – BNDA (17 Apr 15) - ?
                  Yahya Jammeh – JAME (17 Apr 15) - m
                  Gaddafi – GDFI (25 Nov 12) – m

         Carter – CART (5 Dec 05) – f (Pond)
                  Donkey Kong – DK (10-Mar-11) – f
                        Son of a B! – SOB (19 Feb 17) - ?
                        Eureka! – EREK (26 Jul 15) - f
                        Holy cow! – HOCO (26 Jul 15) - ?
                        Oh my god! –OMG (9 Dec 13) – ?
                        Gee whiz! – GWIZ (9 Dec 13) – ?
                              Cash – CSH (24 Jul 17)
                              Mpesa – PESA (24 Jul 17)

Immigrant males:
                  Nassau – NASS
                  Mwanza – MAZA
                  Abidjan – ABID  
                  Vancouver – COUV
                  Osaka – OSA
                  Kinshasa – KISH
                  Pica – PICA (21 Feb 14) (MD)
                  Taurus – TRUS (2 Dec 13) (MD)

Subs and cubs with Unknown Parentage
         Survey – SRVY (03 Sep 14) - ?
         Clarity - CLTY (30 Jun 15) – m
         Rosetta – RSTA (25 Jun 15) - f
         Cypher - PHER (5 Apr 15) – m
         Ebony – EBNY (15 Dec 16) - M
         Bullet – BULL  (19 Feb 17) –M
         Skip – SKP (02Jan17) - ?
         Boxy – BOXY (03Apr17)  - ?
         Fred – FRD (01Apr17)  - ?
         Bean – BAN (19 Sep 17)
         Auggie – AUGG (12 Sep 17)
         Simple – SMPL (7 May 17)
         Complex – CPLX (07 May 17)
         Puzzle – PUZZ (1 Sep 17)
        
*PBUT and TIAN are PARC kids


Pond Talek West Clan List (as of 25 Feb 2018)

Murphy – MRPH (25 June 96) – f
                  1Aquamarine – AQUA (17 Apr 06) – f
                        David Ortiz “Big Papi” – PAPI (25 Oct 17) - ?
                        Bob Gibson – GIBS (25 Oct 17) - M
                        Sandy Coufax – SANO (22 Nov 16) - m
                        Miguel Cabrera – MIBA (25 Aug 15) - ?
                        Dustin Pedroia – DUPE (17 Mar 14) – m
                        Ken Griffey Jr. – KENG (17 Mar 14) – f
                              Emo – EMO (9 Nov 17) - ?
                              RNB – RNB (9 Nov 17) - ?
                              Kpop – KPOP (6 Feb 17) - ?
                        Cal Ripkin – RPKN (14 Apr 13) – m
         Juno – JUNO (20 Apr 08) – f
                  Bagheera – BGRA (27 Oct 16) - M
                  Baloo – BLOO (27 Oct 16) - F
                  Timone – TIMO (01 Apr 15) – m
                  Pumba – PUMB (01 Apr 15) – m
                  Flit – FLIT (21 Jan 14) – f
                        Sylvia Plath – SYLV (12 Dec 16) - M
                        Maya Angelou – ANGE (12 Dec 16) - M
                  Meeko – MEKO (21 Jan 14) – m
         Morpheus – MOS (18 Feb 03) – f
                  1Aquamarine – AQUA (17 Apr 06) – f
         Adonis – ADON (20 Mar 01) – f (KCM)
                  Monopoly – MONO (22 July 08) – f
                        Bonnet – BNT (25 Sep 11) – f
                              Ghost – GOST (9 Dec 17) - ?
                              Ser Davos Seaworth – DAVO (9 Dec 17) -
                              Nymeria – NYM (5 Dec 16) - F
                              Syrio Forel – SRIO (5 Dec 16) - ?
                              Brandon Stark – BRAN (23 Aug 15) - F
                              Arya Stark – ARYA (23 Aug 15) - M
         Athena – ATH (20 Nov 98) – f
                  ZC (13 Mar 01) – f
                        Gucci – GUCI (3 Mar 04) – f
                              Alfredo – ALFE (5 Jan 09) – f
                                    Goku – GOKU (23 Jan17) - F
                                    Oolong - OOLG (23 Jan 17) - ?
                                    Chi-chi – CICI (16 Dec 15) – f
                                    Bulma – BULM (16 Mar 14) – m
                              Gelato – GEL (5 Jan 09) – f (KCM)
                                    Tasty Twist – TAST (10 Sep 13) – f
                                                Pellet – PELT (10 May 17) -M
                                                Kaka – KAKA (10 May 17) - ?

Moon Pie – MP (23 Jul 94) – f
         Baba Ganoush – BAB (30 Oct 04) – f (KCM)
                  Lycos – LYCO (26 Mar 13) – f
                        Clementine – CLEM (31 Jan 17) - ?

Alice – ALI (4 Aug 97) – f (MD)
         Dora – DORA (21 Feb 13) – m

Navaho – NAV (7 Nov 92) – f (KCM)
         Carter – CART (5 Dec 05) – f
                  Goomba – GMBA (26 February 17) – F
                  Rosalina – LINA (26 February 17) - ?
                  Mario – MARO (16 Feb 16) – ?
                  Chain-Chomp – CCMP (07 Jan 15) – m
                  Luigi – LUGI (18 Aug 13) – f
                        Moose – MOOS (4 Aug 17) - M

Immigrant males:
                  Roswell – RSWL
                  Wanugu – WANU
                  Sequim – SQIM
                  Jar Jar – JAR (29 Nov 11)
                  Jean Grey – GREY (17 Sep 13)
                  Magadi – MGDI (5 Dec 13)
                  Wyandotte – WYAN






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