If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest you may have noticed an abundance of selfies populating your feed. These images were captured and posted in the spirit of Freedom Friday. Leading up to 27 April, which is Freedom Day in South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture encouraged social media users to share selfies expressing South African pride every Friday leading up to April 27.
Freedom Day commemorates South Africa's first democratic elections which took place in 1994. This year marks 20 years of democracy and the first year that the Born Free generation is able to vote, in the upcoming elections. There are still problems and hurdles to overcome, but there is a lot to be proud of and despite embarrassments here and there the country's global reputation has improved.
People from all over the world flock to South Africa, as is evident in our team at Inverdoorn. The staff is made up many different nationalities and cultures, including South Africans. There is much to love about South Africa, and at Inverdoorn you can guess that one of these things is wildlife.
With all this in mind, we thought it would be a fun idea to send the team out with a camera and participate in Freedom Friday by taking a bunch of selfies. And the results have been fantastic! The silly faces and big smiles are indicative of the fun everyone had. The animals bore some classic expressions themselves, from Velvet looking like she thought everyone had lost it to Bully looking as if he would like to snatch the camera with his trunk.
Yusuf Abramjee from Lead SA stated that the "Freedom Fridays campaign is a powerful platform for us all. Together, we can make a difference." This is what we try to work towards through the conservation work at the reserve. We often forget how powerful a shared goal can be in uniting people to accept differences, overcome the past and move forward. If we can apply this attitude to all aspects of modern life, we can hope to save much more than just the animals.