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South Africa Volunteer Trip

Preparing for a trip of a lifetime

Not a Safari

Over the years I felt more connected with animals, more empathy, their wellbeing makes me either sad or happy depending on their circumstances. I have 2 resue dogs and a rescue cat. All of them came to me as newborns. Our Jade was abandoned at 3 weeks old, she’s a Border Terrier and will be 5 at Christmas, our Kiana, was only approximately 5 weeks old when thrown away together with her 2 sisters, I kept Kiana, a Malinois mix, and found homes for the other 2, she turned 4 in August and our youngest member of the family is Darwin, a Persian mix and he was found on the golf course at approximtely 2 months old, he is now 7 months and has integrated well. I have never seen myself as a cat person, but circumstances has led me to take him in. And I keep on bringing lost dogs home and reunite them with their owners.

I decided that I wanted to make a difference, how small it may be. I was tired sitting on the side line, signing petitions and feeling sorry from the comfort of my home. Working as a volunteer side by side with a wildlife organisation was what I really wanted to do, working hands-on, getting up at the crack of dawn to track the animals, anti-poaching, etc. Live in the bush for 4 weeks and get a whole new world of first-hand knowledge and experience, that’s what I was looking for.

On 1st January 2017, I’m off to my adventure to Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and I’ll be part of 2 different projects, both protecting endangered species. The work focuses on endangered and priority species including the African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Rhino, Lion, Elephant, Leopard and Vultures.

Keep tuned in, to follow my adventures and those of the animals.


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About The Author


Hi everyone, I'm Dagmar and I'm born in Belgium, at 27 I moved to the south coast of Spain, initially just for 6 months, however 22 years later, I'm still here. I have a big passion for animal welfare. I have 3 dogs and a cat, all rescues. In September 2015, I turned vegetarian and over the course of that year, I have leant more and more towards veganism. My aim is to eat as 'clean' as possible.

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