Helen Alexandra

I promote a number of conservation projects and programs across Africa, such as animal rehab work on the Shamwari Game Reserve, Vets Go Wild, Grown Up Gappers (no one is too old for a gap year!), game ranger training, Colobus Trust Monkeys and marine conservation. I will be uploading news from these projects and many more from the staff, the volunteers, the vets based on the reserves, the game rangers etc, in order to give you a delicious taste of life in Africa and what exciting conservation things are happening at the moment.

 

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What’s New at Shamwari Game Reserve?

What’s New at Shamwari Game Reserve?

With Spring in the air it’s been a busy time for staff and volunteers alike at Shamwari Game Reserve. Here’s what’s been going on: Animal Rehab Centre The vets and volunteers have had their hands full with a whole host of new creatures to look after. A Cape Spotted Eagle ...

 

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Shamwari Conservation Experience

Shamwari Conservation Experience

Latest Shamwari News… It has been a very busy week for the vets and nurses at the Animal Rehab Centre here at Shamwari Game Reserve, with lots of new arrivals checking in. A pack of 6 jackal pups arrived last week; they had lost their mother to hunters and are ...

 

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Water for Elephants – and Businesses, and the Environment

Water for Elephants – and Businesses, and the Environment

Wild animals in care need water, of course, as do people and buildings. Put all this together and any conservation operation is looking at using a large quantity of water – that’s just reality. Water, however, is also a hot environmental issue, and the ecologically-minded are always looking for ways ...

 

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Rhino Awareness Day Fun

Rhino Awareness Day Fun

September 22 was World Rhino Awareness Day, a sadly necessary event that aims to bring attention to the suffering of rhinos as individuals and a species as a result of illegal hunting. Conservation groups in South Africa are working to inform government leaders about this ongoing problem and the need ...

 

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Community Challenges

Community Challenges

Hello everyone! I have a little more to share from Graham at Shamwari. All the latest news from him and his students at the reserve, and it seems they’ve been busier than ever getting out into the community and doing what they can. Visiting one of the local preschools, the ...

 

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Tales from the Mantis Academy

Tales from the Mantis Academy

The Mantis Academy is a two month training program that has been devised specifically to train up those who want a career working as a field guide in Africa, while the Gap Year Program provides the opportunity for people to experience conservation efforts near Port Elizabeth in South Africa. If ...

 

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Where, oh Where, is W 12?

Where, oh Where, is W 12?

We’ve just been sent another update from Konrad at the Shamwari Game Reserve. They received a new intake of volunteers and set them straight to helping out. The first task for the volunteers was to help out with looking for a white rhino cow, known as W12, which had been ...

 

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A Day with Shamwari Vets - Darting Oryx Bulls

A Day with Shamwari Vets – Darting Oryx Bulls

Konrad from the Shamwari Game reserve took some of the vet students out on a darting exercise with assistant vet Dr. Stokoe. They were taken across the reserve in a helicopter. Their mission? To dart two Oryx Bulls, which locally are called Gemsbok. After being in the air for a ...

 

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Raptor and Reptile Rehabilitation Centre - Addo Park

Raptor and Reptile Rehabilitation Centre – Addo Park

Here is a great update from the Born Free Foundation – this month they are out and about at the Addo National Park, seeing how raptors and reptiles are being rehabilitated by this brilliant establishment. – Helen, Community Co-ordinator. During June the staff took some students on an interesting trip ...

 

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The Fundu Library Project

The Fundu Library Project

Over the last couple of weeks the conservation volunteers at Shamwari Game Reserve have been assisting Christine and the Born Free foundation/Shamwari education program in setting up a local community library at one of the schools. On 23rd June they officially handed over the keys for this brilliant local community ...

 

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