Inverdoorn – What better way to get to know someone than in their own words?
Meet Caroline, happy, young and in love with Cheetahs.
Below, you can read about what’s it’s like to hang out with our baby Cheetahs and work with animals under the guidance of experts.
It’s not all cat kisses and fun but putting animals first and getting in touch with nature is what it’s all about for this intrepid explorer on our continent. She’s seen lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and much more.
Here’s her post from the lodge:
Hello my name is Caroline, I am French and I am 20 years old. I loved animals since childhood. Back in France I have a horse, a dog and some chickens but I always loved big cats the most.
One day I would like to be a ranger or an animal handler.
After I had passed matric, my mother found out about Inverdoorn and their volunteer program. Now I am here for 6 months, working with the Cape Cheetah conservation team and other volunteers. This place is awesome and I cannot describe how I feel. It is just amazing and so beautiful.
Although, this is not an easy job: we do a lot of hard work and every job has good sides and bad sides. I arrived 10 days ago and this week I was the first time I was able to go tracking with our lovely boss Leah.
We went into the reserve to check if the cheetahs that had been released are fine. It was so cool; I saw so many wild animals like elephants, rhinos, springboks, giraffes and buffalo not to mention : of course cheetahs.
During my first days the cheetah handlers’ Annami and Kristine showed me a lot of things, like how to prepare the cheetah run.
Every evening we make some of our cheetahs run so that they can exercise. Yesterday I was allowed to “babysit”, which means I was looking after the 3 cubs, which was amazing. They are so cute, it is incredible. Soon Leah will teach me how to walk the fully grown cheetahs. I am very excited.