IDYLLIC AFRICAN DREAM MEETS REAL LIFE
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The Olifant’s River runs alongside the beach upon which the wild baboons, dogs and the orphan baboon babies often plan under the supervision of C.A.R.E.’s staff and volunteers. On some occasions these volunteer shifts, which allow the dogs to run free, the orphaned baboon infants to explore, forage and be “in the wild”, have to be postponed if elephants or hippos have been spotted migrating their way through the sanctuary. Not so surprising, after-all the word “Olifant’s” translates to “Elephant’s”. Other times, the volunteers enjoy the diverse choruses of the birds and the distant whooping of hyenas whilst watching the orphan babies play besides wild baboons, wild warthogs, varied buck and vervet monkeys.
Watching wildlife roam freely in the reserve, which borders the infamous Kruger National Park, and working daily to make a positive difference to the animals in the sanctuary, really makes C.A.R.E. a magical and unique place to be.
It is easy to become spellbound, especially at dusk when the place is so serene and idyllic. Just before sunset, a time known as ‘the golden hour’ many animals venture to the river to lazily forage on the most succulent vegetation before heading to bed. Others begin to wake after sleeping all day in the African sun. Volunteers, like the baboons themselves, enjoy relaxing at this time, after a fulfilling day of making a difference.Just up the hill from this tranquil scene, the reality of South Africa’s persecution of wildlife is unmistakably evident; enclosures filled with orphaned wild animals, their families killed because of human cruelty, greed and habitat encroachment. These orphans are the animals you are coming to help and make a positive contribution to their lives. You can make a positive difference every day.
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