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Jean Byrd Centre Diary (September 2012)

Published 11/30/12
By Martin Miritiawo

I had a wonderful time with students from Wild Reach. They had a presentation conducted by their founding member whereby learners will identify a certain animal and get a reward if get it right. We also discussed nature conservation and had a game drive. Look who we encountered in the bush. (See accompanying photograph.)

She is Sindile, a wild leopard at Shamwari. She is used to our vehicles as she has been tracked for the last eight years.

The Rankines, Born Free Foundation supporters, also came to visit us at the Jean Byrd Centre. They are Kuma and Shada’s adoptive parents and they were so happy to see Kuma for the first time. I still remember last time they came here — Kuma was hiding.

Glen and I walked round his enclosure, hoping we could spot him, so we could point him out to his adoptive parents, Susan and Derek Rankine. Initially Kuma was not interested coming down, but later on he decided to show himself.

(Read more blog entries and see more photographs more here.)

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