Wednesday, 6 June 2012
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