In this week’s Shamwari series, we head to Port Elizabeth for some sand boarding, and I discover the importance of fire.
In this week’s Shamwari series, I return to Shamwari’s student programme, where conservation work gets physical once more, and I find myself in the middle of a herd of 26 elephants!
Born Free Foundation celebrates 35 years, with a special gala evening and some innovative new conservation techniques.
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 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.