This past year I have been extremely lucky to have the chance to volunteer and study in South Africa and Namibia over the course of seven months. When I first booked up to go I decided to stay for three months, being a first time traveller and very nervous of going alone I didn't want to put myself down for too long, but also wanted to push myself a bit.
Volunteering in Africa has been the best choice I have made in my life so far, and anyone thinking of going I hope this will help you to make that decision and take a leap!
The state of rhino poaching across Africa is out of control. The numbers of rhinos poached each year has risen dramatically: in the year 2000 just seven rhino's were poached in South Africa... last year (2012) the number was a horrifying six hundred and sixty eight. So far this year there has already been over four hundred and eight - that is more than two rhinos a day slaughtered for Eastern European... people (insert own noun as required). Already the Northern White Rhino has become extinct in the wild and there are only three left in captivity... all because of poaching. Things have become critical and hard action needs to be taken. This post will look at the methods that are being employed to save the rhinos and what might be the best option.
Despite having little experience with African Wild Dogs, and zero of them in the wild, they have come to be one of my favourite species you might find in Africa. They are resourceful, resilient and often very misunderstood. They are also stunningly beautiful.
Doesn't this just seem the perfect way to spend your summer?
"Working as a volunteer you will have the rare opportunity of hand rearing lion cubs of different ages. Hand rearing means being responsible for the cubs’ well being. Giving the cubs comfort, feeding them with milk formula from a bottle. Replacing their mother in all ways. Doing the mothers’ job of assisting them to urinate and defecate. (For at least the first three weeks as they cannot do this for themselves). Cuddling and just sitting with them you will enjoy your days in the company of the most sociable of all cats. They love to fall asleep on your lap! Your days on Cub’s duty will include making the various feed mixtures and preparing meat for the various age groups and having interaction with the paying public coming to see the cubs."
Since the dawn of time animals have migrated. Be it to escape an unforgiving landscape, to search for new food and water resources, or for the purpose of breeding, it has been an essential part of their survival. But, as we do so often, humans have interfered and many of the natural migration routes have been cut off with fences, roads and building construction. One of the latest disasters humans have bestowed on our natural world is the plans to build a major highway through the Serengeti National Park and straight through one of the last migratory strongholds left in Africa, so called 'The Great Migration'.