Saturday, 16 December 2017

Africa safari for zoology student

AN ANIMAL—LOVING student from Wargrave is spending her summer at an African nature reserve.

AN ANIMAL—LOVING student from Wargrave is spending her summer at an African nature reserve.

Emily Pepper, 22, of Ridgeway, will travel to Malawi in August for three weeks at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

She will help tend to some of the centre’s 200 animals, including antelopes, hyenas and lions Simba and Bella.

Emily, a zoology student at Leeds University, said: “I really want to go into wildlife conservation or rescue and I wanted to get some experience and do something that makes a difference somewhere, not just go for a holiday.

“I was looking to do volunteering for ages but a lot was ‘voluntourism’ and you didn’t get to do any proper conservation. I came across the Born Free charity and through that I found the centre. It sounded like an amazing place and one that was making a real difference in Malawi.



“I’m going on August 17 for three weeks, two in the sanctuary and one at the release site. They deal with a lot of injured animals poached for bush meat and bring them in for rehabilitation.”

Emily wants to shadow the on—site vet and take part in community work, talking to villagers about wildlife.

Before she leaves Emily needs to raise the £1,500 programme fee, and worked double shifts at a chocolate shop in Leeds before the end of term.

The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, which oversees the centre, is non—profit and does not receive government funding.

Emily added: “Through family and friends I’ve raised £400 so far.”

To donate to Emily visit www.volunteerforever.com/ volunteer_profile/emily— pepper



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