LEARNING AND LOVING AFRICA - YOUTH4AFRICAN WILDLIFE
For 28 days over the African Winter, seven young men and women from Jordan, the USA, Canada and India came together for a “total immersion” experience in the African bushveld. Under the leadership of Kate Oschman and Fortunate Phaka – who are both Y4AW alumni – the YNGer interns divided their time between Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the Makuleke Conservancy in the north of the Kruger National Park, and Balule Game Reserve which borders on the Kruger National Park.
The theme the interns selected for their short film was “The Reality Behind Rhino Dehorning”. It was inspired by their time spent at The Rhino Orphanage and by them witnessing a rhino being dehorned at Balule. Though the rhino do not experience pain during or after the procedure, seeing a dignified beast brought to his knees was a moving experience. And though the rhino quickly adapts to his hornless status, they are slightly disorientated for a short while, due to the effects of the tranquiliser. The Y4AW intern’s film is not only a sober reminder of horrors of rhino poaching, but is also a moving tribute to these beautiful, endangered animals.
Keeping up with the adage that says “One cannot resist the lure of Africa”, some of the YNGers were joined by YPO parents when the internship ended.
Y4AW – one of Safari Giant’s affiliates – runs internship programmes every year to create global conservation ambassadors. Get in touch with Y4AW or with Safari Giants to find out how you can be part of the next programme.