Let me tell you a story…
Part 1 – My Africa Story and the awakening of my passion to save the Lion.
In 2012, I commenced a Captive Animals course to become a zookeeper. This decision had come after many thoughts of what to do past Dec 2013 when my current office position was coming to an end. I thought, I’ve always loved animals so why not try working with them. Over the course of the year and volunteering at two organisations, I learnt so much about animals. More than what I thought I could actually learn but the real learning didn’t come until I ventured into the African bush.
In 2013, after furiously saving, I decided to make my lifelong dream come true and I made my first venture out to Africa. Having very little information at the time, and to be honest being quite naïve (I even thought at the time that lions weren’t a vulnerable species and were thriving in the wild!), I trusted a volunteer company to help me book my travels. One of the places they recommend that I go to for volunteering was Kevin Richardson’s Wildlife Sanctuary. I had heard of Kevin before and had definitely seen a video or two of him being close to fully grown lions. Convinced he was a little crazy but an extremely brave man, I thought I might be able to learn a lot from him so I booked my trip. Little did I know at the time, just how much I would learn…
I had heard from friends who had previously volunteered in Africa at different places that they had the chance to raise lion cubs and help them to grow before being released into the wild. At the time I thought this would be a great opportunity and even wondered if I would get this opportunity myself. But I soon learned how wrong I would be and Kevin was the one who taught me that. A wise man that I respect greatly and my experience at his sanctuary was incredible. Stay tuned for part two.
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