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Posted December 29, 2011
Dispatch #20
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This is one in a series of email dispatches from Africa written this fall by photographer Michael Nichols to his picture editor, Kathy Moran.

Photo: Moonrise lions
“On our last visit with the pride a small fight broke out just as the moon was rising.”

Dear Kathy,

This is my last message until we return to the Serengeti lions in February. I’m very curious about the nine Vumbi cubs. How many will be there when we get back? We have a new miniature RC (remote controlled) car—let’s call it a tank—built by a robotics company that should be able to take any punishment the lions can dish out. And we have another micro-copter with eight blades instead of six that can stay up in the air longer and carry more weight.

Photo: At Ian's Wedding
Me (at right) and Reba (center) with Ian at the wedding dinner.

We have enjoyed Ian and Kristin’s wedding, as well as Tucker—Nathan and Calla’s new baby boy.

Being at home has been a joy, but I am ready to get back to our wonderful work.

Nick

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