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Born Free Foundation Shamwari Education Blog

November 2016
Written by Sidney Clay, Education Officer

This month I had only five schools to visit as the schools were busy, grades had already started with the year-end exams. As Martin was on annual leave I assisted with animal care work most of the time, doing guest tours, carcass collections and preparation of food for the cats. 

The first group I had was Little Angels, a primary school from Alice in the former Ciskei homeland of the Eastern Cape, where Fort Hare University is situated. Every year they camp in the Grahamstown area and they visit us.

We also had a special needs school from Grahamstown, who also visit us every year. Three schools visited us for the first time, CM Vellem from Grahamstown; V.M Kwinana, an Eco-School from Uitenhage and Despatch Primary school from Nelson Mandela Metropole. We hope they will return again next year!

Most of the groups had exciting sightings and they enjoyed themselves. The first-comers were excited but also apprehensive. After explaining to them that they are here to learn and that they don’t need to be scared; as long as they respect nature, nature will respect them, they then calmed down. They saw a lot of animals on game drive and some groups saw all our rescued cats too.

The most exciting viewing for the group was a lioness and her cubs.  The cubs were playing after suckling from the mother and the group did not want to leave the sighting. All the groups had a fantastic time with us. 

That is all I have for this month, util next time - enjoy.

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

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