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Jun30

A Fond Farewell

WRITTEN BY // Jenny Adenyoh CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

23 - 29 June

A Fond Farewell

This week was my last one at Inverdoorn. I spent five months here as a cheetah girl. I met some wonderful people who are really devoted to conservation, friendly and hard-working. I learnt a lot about animals, especially cheetahs, but also the rhinos. I have a better understanding now about their behaviour, their habits and interactions.

Working in this place was just amazing and unforgettable. It was not always easy to work here, because of the hard work; but I tried every day to keep on working hard and hope I did a good job. Every day was different, that's why it was my best work experience so far.

One of my favourite times here was the tracking on the reserve to find the wild cheetahs. Each time we went tracking, we really went to find them to see if they were still fine, and if they had caught any prey. Even if it took a while to find them, when I heard the sound of the cheetah's collar over the radio, I was really happy every time. And while you are looking for the cheetahs, you can see the other animals that are walking or lying down just beside the car. For me, it was always amazing.

I really appreciate all the times when we were with Iziba and Velvet at the dam. We could be close to them and spend time with them, but the best part was that they can walk around free without their leashes and play together. It was amazing to see them enjoy all this space and playing together.

I was so proud to be here when Lotta's cubs were born. I will always remember when Leah told us about this event. I was so excited and so proud of Lotta and Banzi, who made such beautiful cubs. And even if one of them died, the three remaining cubs are now fine and healthy. I hope that Lotta and Banzi will have another litter soon. I hope I can come back in the future to see all the great people I met and also the animals.

About the author

Jenny Adenyoh

Jenny, a student from France, visits South Africa for the first time and volunteers at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation.

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Inverdoorn Game Reserve

 

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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