A couple of months ago I had no idea that I would be in SA as a Volonteer at a Sanctuary for Big Cats. It has been a childhood dream, one I never thought i would live, especially not at the age of 52. But, when one door closes another one opens – and here I am.
My first week out of 3 has been filled with so many fun and new things. Learnt so much!
Surrounded by all these marvellous souls of Lions, Tigers, Panther, Caracals, Jackals and dogs and cats. So many impressions and new things to learn, every day. Cleaning the enclosures and taking part of the feeding of all animals, watching all animals being so happy and content feels so good. Being here when the little newcomer, lioness Elsa – 6 month old, was introduced to her sister for the first time felt very special. Also celebrating Lion Obi’s 5 year birthday was something special. All Volonteers had been working on a big “birthday cake” for him, just great. So much creativity! Being in this beautiful and peaceful environment really changes something within your heart and soul…makes you more humble.
And, the people here…amazing, all doing a fantastic unselfish work. I really felt like coming home as soon as I met Cat and Lizaene. Lovely, warm energy with so much passion and will to do good in this world and especially for these animals rescued – wow. Wish the world had so much more people like Cat and Lizaene.
This week some of us also had the opportunity to visit a pre-school for children 4-8 years. Children living in one of the shanty towns near by. They were adorable, filled with lots of joy despite living under tough circumstances. The people working there doing such an impressing work. We brought with us penns and paper, balls and all kinds of toys for the children and their teachers. To see their happiness went right into the heart.
What a first week! I feel so greatful
Charlotte, Sweden – October 2016