That overwhelming passion for the well being of animals, and the ever present opportunities of sharing that with children….
Growing up on a plot, I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by animals my whole life, from saving abandoned ducklings, to watching my mother help sheep give birth.My parents will always comment on how I brought everything and anything that did not have a home…home.
From a young age I volunteered at the local SPCA on weekends. After school, I spent many years teaching at Summer camps in America. In 2003 I was lucky enough to become a tour guide at the Johannesburg zoo, and still occasionally do a tour if I can fit one in.
In 2009 I become very ill, and was basically bed ridden and unable to work. I drove passed a make shift “kraal” next to a road, and saw a lamb, and thought, I have a plot, I can offer that poor guy a home, and so I bought him, and brought Lambert home. Next was Bart and Hambro, our ducks, whom I also saved and brought home. Slowly schools and Moms found out about the animals I had, and how tame they were, and asked for me to bring them to their schools, or child’s party. That was 7 years ago, and most of those animals we still have today, plus a good 100 more. Sadly we have lost some along the way, and my heart still remains slightly broken, and I don’t think it will ever heal, but that is what happens when you chose to love an animal.
I am so privilaged that I am able to do what I love everyday, Ill end with these words, from an incredible mentor I had the privilege knowing.
‘If you say don’t touch, you say don’t learn”, Chris Boshoff.
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