Conny, Iris en Alison hebben allen meegedaan aan het Xtreme Wildlife Conservation programma Ze hebben ieder onafhankelijk van elkaar geboekt. Om je een impressie te geven, hebben we hieronder hun review gezet.
Hoe langer je deelneemt, hoe meer verweven je raakt met het project en de dieren. En hoe moeilijker het is om te vertrekken. Iris en Conny hebben 4 weken deelgenomen, Alison 2 weken.
Hun review is in het Engels, kun je vast oefenen.
“What to write about 4 of the most amazing weeks … I’ve been so lucky with what I’ve seen and have been doing on the Game Reserve. I started my experience off with 2 buffalo sightings and ended with Mandora (impressive male lion) mating. Besides seeing so much wildlife, I extremely enjoyed the rhino capture and release, being part of the elephant release on Harvestvale as well as two days of capturing nyalas. It was also really great to meet all kinds of people all from different countries. Thanks to everyone who had part of my experience” – Conny , Netherlands, 25/08/2014 – 20/09/2014
And so the time I’ve been dreading has come when it’s my turn to write a message in this book about my experience here. These last four weeks at at the reserve have been some of the best of my life and I’m really sorry to be leaving. I’ve had some amazing experiences, including:
Animal captures. In my time here I was lucky enough to assist with three different species. Firstly we moved the rhino calves to their new home – I helped with the bandage over their eyes and leading them into the trailor. Being up close and personal with such magnificent animals exceeded all of my expectations. Secondly we released 3 cow elephants and their 7 babies onto Harvestvale. And lastly we helped dart and capture Nyalas which was amazing. Even the ‘normal’ days on the reserve always had something new to offer. And where to begin with Frances, our volunteer coordinator? She is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to anything to do with animals or the reserve and will answer any question you throw at her. She’s funny and ever-positive – thanks for being awesome Frances! This program has been one of the best experiences of my life and I’ll never forget it.” – Iris, UK, 01/09/2014 – 29/09/2014
“The volunteering programme hasn’t been just a ‘working holiday’ for me – it gave me a chance to experience what I’m most passionate about: conservation and wildlife. This program was just perfect for me. Being here has made me realize that this is what I really want to do – I could not have asked for a better experience. Everything we did had a purpose and an explanation. Every landscape and animal took my breath away and we experienced so many amazing things. We saw baby rhino and even and elephant-rhino encounter – what are the chances of that!? Very special to view an elephant/rhino stand-off in the wild. There are so much more that I could mention. Frances (our coordinator) – thank you so much for everything. I’ve learnt so much, this is exactly what I wanted to experience when I booked this placement!” – Alison , Belgium, 21/08/2014 – 04/09/2014