Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Born Free Education Blog: February 2017

Feb 2017
Written by Sidney Clay, Education Officer

This month we had Collegiate Junior School for Girls from Port Elizabeth with two groups visit on the same day. When they booked in January I was glad, as they had not visited us for some time. The young ladies enjoyed themselves and they loved our cats; fortunately most of the cats were out in the open where we could see them.   However, we did not get to see much on the game drive, as it was hot and the animals were hidden in the shade. It was good the learners understood that what you see is what you get on the day. They asked a lot of questions and the girls could talk!

Collegiate Junior School for Girls on the tour of the Born Free sanctuary

Collegiate Junior

Then I had a visit from one of the community schools from Port Elizabeth namely Die Heuwel Primary school. They were so excited when they arrived as most of them had never been to a wild game reserve before. They had only ever seen wild animals on TV. When they saw how big the animals are, they could not stop talking about them. One girl wanted to cry when we were able to get close to an elephant bull on the reserve - she saw how big he was.

Die Heuwel Primary School

We have been involved in the community as well, and visited our Eco-Schools to see how they are doing with their work. The gardens are not doing well because of the heat. Some days have been very hot reaching 45 degrees C. The seedlings are struggling and some have died. I suggested shade cloth. Mulching and watering early morning and late afternoon might help the plants as well.

Hendrik Kanise, an Eco School, got hold of black shade cloth to protect the seedlings

Shade cloth covering the plot and learners watering.

That is all for this month, we will talk again next month.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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