In this week’s Shamwari series, I visit South Africa’s only wolf sanctuary, and back on the reserve, I face the challenges of digging up bluebush! This follows
This week we find ourselves face-to-face with a lion at nighttime, I spot the rarest mammal on the Amakhala reserve, and we find out what happens when you remove algae from a watering hole!
This week at Amakhala, we release Lightfoot the male cheetah onto the reserve and help launch a new initiative to help the local community manage an HIV and AIDS epidemic.
This week we discover young lions playing with a discarded glass bottle, and have the exciting task of assisting the vet with darting a lioness.
In this week’s Shamwari series I say goodbye to Shamwari student lodge and move to neighbouring Amakhala Game Reserve, where I learn the ropes of volunteer duties on a relatively new reserve.
One topic that I’ve never shied away from on this blog is that of wild animals in captivity. This week, I attempt to untangle the challenges and moral obligation of each of the places that have come to house lions; game reserves, zoos, sanctuaries, lion farms and ‘the wild’,
In this week’s Shamwari series I encounter storms and forest fires, and ignorantly make my second big animal welfare mistake of the trip.
In this week’s Shamwari series the escaped leopard makes its presence known, and we begin a major re-planting operation to repair damage to the reserve’s terrain.
In this week’s Shamwari series we get the devastating news of an unexpected death, and learn the serious business of studying poo!
In this week’s Shamwari series I get my first taste of camping in the bush and get to see the rainforest from the dizzying heights of the canopy!