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!
In this week’s Shamwari series post we’re back on the reserve learning how to manage ‘cut lines’ and discovering what it takes to move a herd of kudu and eland by lorry!
A landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) found that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades.