Monday, 19 March 2012

Keeper Charlotte returns to the UK

After nine amazing weeks in the South African sunshine it was time to say goodbye to Cape Town, the penguins and all the new friends I had made. Returning back to the UK has been a bit of a shock- especially with the weather! It has been nice however to see everyone on the island again, and the animals at the park of course!

This trip has to be one of the best things I have ever done. It really is incredible just how much you can gain from visiting a new country, meeting new people and having new exciting experiences!

My time at SANCCOB was a great opportunity which provided me with the chance to not only learn and obtain new skills, but also to put into practice my animal husbandry experience. It was very rewarding being part of such an important organisation, knowing that all your hard work is going towards saving an endangered species.

It is difficult to pick one favourite moment from SANCCOB, but I probably enjoyed working in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) the most. The birds in that section are very unwell and weak, and it was amazing being able to provide them with the care they needed. Having the chance to release some of the birds back into the wild at Boulders Beach was also a personal highlight!

After my six weeks working at SANCCOB I was able to go on a week long tour of the Garden Route of South Africa. This area of the country is absolutely stunning, with beautiful scenery, landscapes and wildlife. During this week I had the chance to get up close to cheetahs, tiger cubs, elephants and even cage dived with crocodiles! I also went on a safari at Addo Elephant National Park, where we saw many different species of animals including buffalos, zebras, kudu, jackals, hyenas, meerkats, warthogs, ostrich and lots of elephants!

South Africa is such an incredible country from which I have brought home so many amazing memories, and would thoroughly recommend a visit for anyone!

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