Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of going to Africa to work wild animals. In May 2017, I graduated with my Bachelors in Animal Science. I moved out of my college town and not even a week after I was on my way to South Africa, with a 35 hours plane ahead of me, to work at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
I grew up traveling alone but it was always to Europe, where I was born. Doing a solo travel to Africa was beyond anything I have experienced before. And it was very exciting! After three days of traveling and four different airports I finally arrived at the final airport in South Africa. We couldn’t land for an extended period of time since there was a giraffe on the runway. From that moment I realized how much the wilderness would be part of my time in Africa. After the giraffe moved we finally got to land and I headed stright to the center. As soon as I got to the Moholoholo my mind was blown away, I knew that the next two months were going to be incredible.
On the way to the rehab is where my dreaming travel moment starts. I saw baboons and wild hogs running all around the streets and bunch of other different game reserves walking near the fence lines. Upon arrival to the rehab I immediately put my suite cases in my room and went straight to a tour over the rehab's facilities. I was able to meet and learn a lot about all of the animals that I would be living with.
Over the two months of living at the rehab center in South Africa I was able to bottle feed our baby rhino and three baby leopard cubs. Witness the release of a full grown leopard that was caught at a local fruit farm. I also got to spend the night as a mother to an orphan baboon that came into us. This trip was such an incredible experience for me. Not only was I able to live with wild animals but I also got to learn about Africa culture and meet people from all over the world. The people I met there will always be part of a special moment in my life.
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