July - September 2014: Riverside, Limpopo (SOUTH AFRICA)
Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is probably the best wildlife sanctuary I got to visit. They have an amazing and very successful rehabilitation program and take in orphaned and injured Chacma Baboons and Vervet monkeys and give them a second chance at a life back in the wild. I spent three months there and got to see an actual release of a troop of Vervets, and the lengthy process these animals go through to ensure they are able to survive for many years in a safe, gorgeous habitat!
April - July 2014: The Pantanal, Brazil (SOUTH AMERICA)
I spent three months in the Pantanal where I got to track and watch wild jaguars in their natural habitat. it was a wonderful experience. While at the pousada, or lodge, we were surrounded with wildlife. Toucans, Capucin monkeys, capybaras, caracaras, and countless other birds and mammals could be seen. We even came across a yellow anaconda while on a photographic safari on the Transpantaneira. I had a amazing time, thanks to the company SouthWild.
March 2014: Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Botswana (AFRICA)
In the two weeks I spent at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, I was able to track giraffes, see and feed hyenas, cuddle up with an orphaned monkey, and enjoy a close encounter with two female white rhinos, a mother and daughter. This well-run wildlife reserve aims to protect these animals from poaching and they try to keep a balanced ecosystem within Mokolodi where the animals can live freely and in peace.
March 2014: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana (AFRICA)
Khama rhino sanctuary is a real heaven for the animals that live there. They roam free and are safe from poaching thanks to the military protecting them. I was privileged to get really close to some of these rhinos and could feel their tremendous force and power. You can view an article that has been published about the place on our Articles page or on the Africa Geographic blog.
February 2014: Meno A Kwena, Botswana (AFRICA)
Meno A Kwena (teeth of the crocodile), situated on a hill above the Boteti River, is a gorgeous piece of paradise. Here I have met incredible people passionate about wildlife conservation and working hard to make a difference and educate the public about what is happening in Botswana. I recommend this camp to anyone visiting Botswana. You can read an article about this place on our Articles page or on the Africa Geographic blog.
Oct 2013-Jan 2014: Modisa Wildlife Project, Botswana (AFRICA)
During the three months I spent at Modisa Wildlife Project I have met incredible people, taken part in an amazing variety of activities ranging from cutting up wildebeest to feed the lions, bush walks, game counts and even fought wild fires and survived a couple of thunderstorms! Most importantly, the two guys working to save the lions of Botswana, Mikkel Leghart, and Valentin Gruener, are doing a truly amazing job. They work very hard to ensure the lions living at Grassland Safari Lodge have a great life and work very closely with their hand-raised lioness, Sirga, who is now 2 years-old and has become a very good huntress.