I have been given a baby squirrel to look after. It’s super cute though unlike all the ones that run around in America. Even better, it lives with cute bush babies!
I’ve also been helping the veterinary nurse with the Mel the giraffe calf, Ollie the rhino calf and Nandi and Duna the lion cubs!
We got to visit Venous the cheetah cub today!
A few days ago a Marshall Eagle egg hatched. It wasn’t anticipated to survive because the mother is at Moholoholo because she was poisoned. I don’t know too much about birds so it’s been really interesting to learn about them at the rehab center! It’s rather cute in a weird way.
A group of us got to go on an all day safari in Kruger National Park. They came to our camp to pick us up at 5:30! I can only get out of bed that earlier if it involves something as exciting as a real African safari. The silver lining of waking up that early was the sunrise. It was breath taking!
We spent all day driving through the park and didn’t even get done driving down all the extra roads. We sadly didn’t see all of the Big 5; Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and Buffalo, but we did see some rarer animals. The first thing we saw when we arrived through the gates was a pack of African wild dogs. Wild dogs are a rare site in the wild and some of the volunteers who had gone on an earlier safari were quite upset that we saw some and they didn’t.
Leopards are also a rare site. We were extra lucky because we saw two! Both times we saw them it was because of the impala who were looking to not get eaten. Impala are as common as squirrels in the US. They say that if you don’t see an impala on your safari you get your money back. The second leopard was blind in one eye but seemed to be fairing in the wild quite well.
At the end of the day we had seen 3 rare species because we also saw Southern Ground Hornbills.
Here some other pictures of animals we saw! I was sad we didn’t see any lions or rhinos but I have a while at this camp so I can hopefully go again!
I’ve been in South Africa for 3 days and I’m already in love. My first full day here we got to go on a walk through the reserve section, the “no walking past this point” section, with the lion cubs. There are 2 lion cubs at the facility, Nandi and Duna. It was their first trip out so they naturally walked us all over the place for 2 hours even though it was supposed to last 30 minutes. We got to play with them afterwards!
Only in Africa would there be a baby giraffe that roams around the clinic. Her name is Melman, like from Madagascar, because they were told by the people bringing her that she’s a boy and super clumsy. The clumsy part was correct but she’s definitely a girl.
The new volunteers get to take the tour that the community and tourists can go on when they get to the camp. I got to pet a cheetah and a Bateleur and got to fly a vulture! The Bateleur is named Mr. Chicken and he follows us around the cage until we’ll pet him. What an attention hog!