Where the heart is

Short video of my time spend in uMkhuze Game Reserve, Zululand, South Africa volunteering with Wildlife Act

I don’t think I need to tell any of you that my heart and mind is South Africa right now. Well, not just right now. I have been fortunate enough to have visited the amazing continent that is Africa a few times now. COVID-19 may put a stop to my planned trip back mid September. I am holding my fingers and toes crossed that I, together with other volunteers, can go back out there and help Wildlife-ACT.

Tracking the endangered species: Wild dogs, lions & cheetah is done daily in order to see that the animal(s) are still healthy & alive. Poachers are around and pretty much every monitored animal has fallen victim to snares. Not all of them have survived. Picture @deonappelcryn

Because of Covid-19 no volunteers are allowed to come to South Africa to join the fantastic team that makes up Wildlife-ACT. Volunteers provide a major source of income for them which has now come to an end. Therefore they have set up a fundraising page where I was more than happy to jump on!
The daily monitoring session MUST go on. The animals need protection. Their lives could be at stake and we don’t want that to happen! Every moment they get to spend out in the bush could safe a life. When an animal is found in a snare action must be taken straight away. If they are not caught in time they will either die whilst in the snare or, if able to pull themselves from it, run around with a snare around their necks, causing major injuries. They will result in death as well.

Therefore I have created a fundraising page through Givengain.
Check out https://www.givengain.com/ap/sylvie-van-den-bossche-raising-funds-for-wildlife-act-fund/ and see how you can help!
You can of course make a one-off donation for which they and myself will be very grateful.

Another option is their ‘Slice of Bush Life’. By signing up for this and donating a minimum of $10 or €10 per month you will get in return 3 to 4 updates from one of the reserves you choose (uMkhuze-where I was, Tembe, Hluhluwe, iMfolozi or Manyoni). Each reserve’s update will be USD $10. You can of course subscribe to more than one.

I am absolutely LOVING the Whatsapp updates. Whenever I hear a message coming in my heart skips a beat. Those messages can be videos, pictures, soundbites, stories, … It’s second best to being there.
Even if you haven’t been to any of the reserves but have an affinity for Africa and her wildlife, I recommend doing this. It will make you smile.

Some of my Wild dog pictures put made into a video

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