By Barbara Bennett
For animal enthusiasts, nature fans, and the substantial readership for gripping true-life tales, this African saga is a must-read experience. It chronicles the original Harnas flora and fauna starting place in Namibia, the place Marieta van der Merwe and her kinfolk, former filthy rich farm animals farmers, have bought land to shop for and deal with embattled natural world. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion contaminated by means of mistake at a vet health facility. Boerjke, a baboon with epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, the inspiring owner of Harnas who stocks her domestic with needy wild animals. Survivor of an formative years fraught with own tragedy within the African Bush, she now devotes herself as care-giver and ambassador for natural world and wildland. advised with perception, humor, and exciting immediacy through writer and Harnas volunteer Barbara Bennett, this tale will captivate readers of every age.
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The wild animals are the largest worry to beat for lots of humans, yet now not always—and Frikkie is aware this, too. examine, for instance, the tale of Marcel from Germany, who selected Harnas for the explanation such a lot volunteers do—to paintings heavily with wild animals. Marcel is a quiet, shy younger guy who picked Namibia as a result of its German historical past. He figured there will be extra German audio system in Namibia, and he wouldn’t be required to talk a lot English. simply because many of the volunteers converse English, notwithstanding, he was once unsuitable approximately that. Marcel arrived at Harnas in November 2007 and stayed for 4 weeks. not anything targeted stood out approximately him in this time. As within the remainder of his lifestyles, he attempted to do his activity and remain out of the limelight. yet simply days after returning domestic, he knew he needed to return to Harnas. He was once now not entire with it—and it wasn’t comprehensive with him. He says he neglected every thing: nature, freedom, animals. whilst he again to Harnas quite a few months later, Marcel confronted varied demanding situations and stories than he had in the course of his first remain. This time Frikkie spotted in him features he wanted in volunteers. In go back, Marcel watched Frikkie heavily and attempted to benefit from him. He labored difficult and loved it, and bit by bit Frikkie got here to rely on Marcel as his right-hand guy. Marcel stayed for 3 months, and with specific permission, received a piece visa to stick 3 extra. whilst Frikkie needed to depart for every week or so, Marcel took over working the volunteer software, a accountability he by no means concept he may possibly adopt. while Marcel was once requested approximately his maximum worry at Harnas, he didn’t say “working with the wild canine” or “cleaning out the lion’s enclosure” or perhaps “watching out for toxic snakes. ” He stated, “Standing up in entrance of forty humans and conversing. That used to be the most important problem, no longer operating with wild animals. everyone is scarier than any animal. ” while he is going domestic, he plans on getting a level in animal biology so he can paintings all day with animals, and while he does so, he’ll be a way more convinced guy than he may have been—both with animals and with people—had Frikkie now not picked him out of the group to steer. Marcel admits, “I’ve spotted that my self-confidence has elevated. simply status in entrance of forty humans and telling them what to do is new and difficult for me. i do know my strengths and weaknesses extra. I realized how i'm top and the way folks see me. i do know myself higher. There’s a second if you have to be the undesirable man with volunteers, and it’s now not great for them or for me. you recognize that you just don’t are looking to be the undesirable man, yet you could have to—just like with the animals. you want to express them their limits and continue their admire. you will want them to like you, yet you can’t allow them to make the most. you need to take authority and convey them you're liable. ” With no matter what time volunteers have left over after operating and taking part in challenging all day, they're inspired to spend time with their animals. that's their consistent task simply because Frikkie is familiar with that the bond among one human and one animal is the most powerful of all.