While volunteering at the Hluhluwe-iMfoloze game reserve in South Africa we felt so, so lucky to get to take pictures of this gorgeous landscape and its animals. And we have tons to share! Here are a few more of our favorites:

 
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Actually, being with these animals everyday really put things into perspective. It made us realize how little we think about nature conservation in our daily lives back home, but how absolutely essential it is that there are organizations and individuals out there who make it a priority.

 

Poaching is also a very serious and real issue, and much time and resources are needed to fight it. Somewhere I think I read that an elephant is killed by poachers in Africa every 15 minutes, approximately 100 every day. So sad :(

 

If you are interested in learning about, volunteering with, or supporting Wildlife ACT, Ezemvelo Kzn Wildlife, or World Wild Life Fund, all organizations that work to conserve natural habitats, stop poaching and protect these animals, their web sites are listed here:

 
http://www.wildlifeact.com

 
http://www.kznwildlife.com

 
http://worldwildlife.org

 

 

 

unless we change the way we treat our environment….the way we treat the resources it provides us with….then I am afraid we are entering a landscape we hardly know the consequences of. –Dr Bandile Mkhize, Ezemvelo Kzn Wildlife CEO