What did you like most about “Stories from Africa”?
“How significant conservation is to the future generation”
“Your enthusiasm the personal experiences you shared”
“The videos, photos and corresponding stories”
These are a few comments from participants from last nights “Stories from Africa” held in Boerne TX. Although the temperatures dropped back into the teens about 24 (in our excitement we neglected to make an accurate count!) couples and one family gathered to be entertained and informed. Thank you Marlys for setting this up with Top of the Hill RV Park Resort.
The prelude to Stories from Africa was a beautiful wildlife slideshow, compliments of Frank Van Egmond Wildlife Photography who avidly supports NIKELA. Besides creating this customized slideshow for the evening Frank offers to donate $25 to NIKELA when participants purchase their favorite wildlife photo as a print via www.fvemedia.com before the end of February.
During our sixty minutes together we discussed the plight of the lions, rhino and other wildlife. How, according to the United Nations Environmental Program Study, over 50% of the large mammals have been lost out of the game reserves, with the rate increasing since 2005.
To counteract this slide to extinction we took participants behind the scenes and into the lives and work of dedicated wildlife experts like:
Shannon and Ben devoted to preserving the unique bird of prey species found in South Africa.
Ian and Michele who invested their retirement to create a bush school and wildlife orphanage dedicated to transform children’s lives.
Jan and James the couple in their 70’s taking in neonatal Vervet monkeys to reestablish fragmented troops.
Jurg and Karen passionate about the Big Cats and affording abused and vulnerable lions, leopards, cheetahs, caracals and a couple hyenas a safe haven.
At the conclusion of our stories of kudus and leopards, the lion that sounds like a Harley and other wildlife encounters we experienced during our recent South African Wildlife Conservation Tour participants we invited to Get Involved. Our thanks go to those who stuffed cash into the jar on their way out, signed up for our periodic newsletter or offered to assist NIKELA in any other way.
Thanks for a wonderful evening… let’s go make a difference in a life today shall we?