On a day not too dissimilar from the one I see outside my office window today, I was bouncing along the chop of the Subantarctic ocean on a wee black zodiac. Fog blanketed the horizon, drizzle soaked my face, I had so many layers of clothes on I could hardly move. The knarly edges of … Continue reading Subantarctic Dreaming
As many of you may know, there is a story in my past that has shaped me so significantly - it has lead me on this path of conservation and activism. But you may also know I have a very hard time talking about it, however I have finally managed to jot down in words … Continue reading The two that started it all
Early Saturday morning I was scrolling through South African newspapers keeping up to date with the news of a country I adore so much, when I stumbled upon a piece that caught me sobbing uncontrollably. The SAPeople article titled Stoop: Should Rhino Horn have been Auctioned in Australia? begs the question whether a controversial commodity … Continue reading Should Rhino Horn be auctioned in Australia?
“Take the shark before it takes the human being.” This is the mentality of Australian Governments. Some polls suggest up to 80% of the Australian public disagrees with this policy, yet shark culling is still occurring and in astonishing numbers. Mass hysteria resonates throughout the country when yet another human is attacked by a shark. … Continue reading Great Whites Have Rights
We are out of the vehicle, measuring leopard prints in the sand of a dry river bed. "Lion!" We all spin around to see a lioness stalking across the river bed, not too far from us. In a state of exhilaration, everyone hesitated as they calculated what the next move would be - take … Continue reading Family Time With A Lion Pride
When I began to tell people I was heading to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe for three months on my first real overseas adventure, a whole range of reactions were thrown at me. “You are a young, solo female, you know what’ll happen to you” was the most common type of reaction, but … Continue reading Seven reasons to drop everything and travel Southern Africa
1,215. A 21% increase from the year before, 1,215 Rhinos were slaughtered for their horns in 2014 in South Africa alone. Two of which I saw with my very own eyes - a mother and an eight month old calf - and that image haunts me every day. By the 34th day of 2015, 54 … Continue reading For the love of Rhinos