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Amanda Ginsberg          

AMANDA GINSBURG
American

The Lion Breeding, Rehabilitation and Release Volunteering Project in Zimbabwe

         

I always knew I had a passion for animals and wildlife conservation, and this trip only further served to build this passion within me. What I did not know and what I discovered on this trip was my passion for building relationships with fellow humans from various cultures.

The local Zimbabweans blew me away with their intelligence, positivity, determination and devotion to the conservation cause. These people deal with civil unrest, poverty and famine in their lives and yet they betray no sign of bitterness - quite the opposite in fact, as they work with a vigor that betrays their dedication to saving the animals that represent their beautiful country.

I derived so much pleasure from watching these people work, from working beside them and most of all from getting to know each and every one of them personally. It was difficult to tear myself away from the community when it was time to go home.

Furthermore, on my placement I developed a real knowledge and understanding of the program's larger goals of increasing the African lions populations and numbers throughout the continent.

It is amazing to see and be a part of a project with such lofty goals and actually get to witness all the prerequisites and baby steps needed to actually achieve this larger goal. It puts things into perspective and really made me realize that the success of a program such as "lion rehabilitation and release into the wild" rests not only on a good plan for a long-term goal, but also the daily carrying-out of the smallest details that lay the foundation for success.

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Lion Cubs
Lion Cubs - so cute!