Monday, 11 June 2012
As well as being able to provide some conservation based lessons and encourage the children to think more about wildlife and the environment, they also look forward to our visits. The head teacher explained that just meeting guests from around the world, breaks down boundaries and expands their horizons.
We are encouraging schools around the world to link with our local school, so that they can learn more about other cultures and make friendships across, beyond their current boundaries.
If you would like to be involved with our schools program then email Carol and she'll let you know how you can be involved.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
I'm often asked, how close we will get to wild animals while on safari.
Bottom line is that there is no easy answer, except to say that the animals dictate how close we get. On foot it is difficult to get very close, indeed who would want too! But from a game drive vehicle we can get a lot closer. Your guide will make that judgement call. Based on his experience and knowledge he'll assess each situation to decide what is safe and moreover what is appropriate and ethical.
In the case of the picture above, this lioness was busy eating a Zebra and only gave us a cursory look and no more. Animals are not threatened by a game drive vehicle and (as long as one stays sitting) they associate the human occupants as part of the vehicle and are quite happy to go about their life.
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As part of our work in conservation we have a great relationship with Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and its enigmatic manager Brian Jones. Brian is not only a good friend but a dedicated conservationist, whose knowledge and passion for wildlife conservation makes him one of South Africa's leading lights.
We usually visit Moholoholo as part of our safaris to learn more about their work as well as to get to see some of the animals that they are nurturing.
During our latest safari we were very fortunate that Brian had time to meet our safari guests and take them on a behind the scenes tour. We met three orphaned Cheetah cubs that are being reared at Moholoholo, and a first hand view of how Brians' techniques enable these vulnerable animals to be raised without becoming over familiar with humans.
Next we visited a very large wild leopard which is recovering from the injuries he sustained when caught in a cage trap. A huge roar and snarl let us know, that he was well on the road to recovery and will soon be released to a new reserve.
We became so wrapped up in shadowing Brian that we lost all track of time, only realising that we were late for dinner as darkness fell and the staff were locking up for the night. We had such an exciting visit that even if we were slightly late for dinner, it was well worth it.
Written by Will Fox