I have had numerous requests for photos, so I selected several to include in this general post. Enjoy! And as always, if you have any questions or wish to provide feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org_________________________________________________________________________________
When I was quite young, my parents instilled in their children the importance of helping others. A product of the Great Depression, they made certain we understood that working together builds a strong sense of community, and volunteering often provides the stimulus for creating a strong communal foundation. My parents were rarely idle. Their work ethic simply didn't allow time for idle moments. Although we differed on what that meant, exactly, I have no memory of my parents complaining of boredom or a lack of tasks to fill their days. I suspect that because of this, I find boredom to be intolerable.
Shortly after arriving in Bloemfontein, I discovered that Sundays were too empty for my liking. Enter The Cheetah Experience. After taking a tour of this breeding and educational facility which is used to promote awareness of the big cat species, I knew I wanted to volunteer. Luckily for me, my application was accepted, and I spent each Sunday learning about and interacting with tigers, leopards, caracels, lions, servals, cheetahs, and wolves and meerkats. Words can not describe the adrenaline rush when a four month old tiger chases you in a game of hide-and-seek. Or the serenity from passing the afternoon reading a novel while adult cheetahs lazily snooze on your lap. Each Sunday was somewhat surreal.....
|These adult cheetahs purr loudly and are extraordinarily gentle creatures.|
|A six month old male lion.|
For more information about the Cheetah Experience, visit them online at: www.cheetahexperience.com
The tail end of the Great Migration. Wildebeest and Zebra as far as the eye can see!
Lazy hippos. Sadly, only moments before this pic was taken, a crocodile killed one of the very young hippos and pulled it through the water and down the river.....
Warthog loving the turf. They are unusual but fascinating creatures.
|Wildebeest by the roadside. South Africa.|
|A visit to an elephant orphanage. One of the coolest moments of my life, without question.|
| On a walk through the reserve, giraffes were in abundance (Kenya).|