Monthly Archives: November 2017
We received this beautiful poem written by Lynsey who has been with us for 2 years as volunteer coordinator and who recently went back to her home country Scotland.
“Thank you Lynsey for all you have done for the pride here at Panthera Africa. We miss you a lot and wish you the best of luck on your future journey. And thank you for sharing this beautiful poem”.
“I wonder if you realise
What you have done to me
You’ve taken a soul that was caged
And taught her how to be free
I wonder if you realise
What you’ve given to me
You’ve shown me how it feels to be happy
You’ve made me the person I always wanted to be
If you could have seen me before all of this
If you had known me way back then
You would understand how much you have changed my life
You’ve gifted me with the will to live again
To have lived these years with a purpose
To have lived these years with a home
Is to have known what heaven must feel like
It’s to know that I’m never alone
Sometimes I stop and wonder
What in God’s name have I done?
Have I sentenced myself to a life of regret?
Through choosing, again, to go on the run?
But the answer is no
How could it be
That I’d regret a life
That has gifted me with this family?
So here’s to you for saving my life
For making my dreams come true
And every success I may achieve in the future
Will be largely thanks to you
And I’m steady thinking, my way is clear,
And I know what I must do tomorrow
When hands are shaken
And the kisses are blown,
Well I will disappear
Let me tell you that I love you
And that I’ll think about you all the time
But Caledonia is calling me
And now I’m going home.”
16 November 2017
Now at the end of my three months stay I can say that this was the best time of my life! I learned so much about canned hunting and breeding facilities but I also learned a lot about me and what is important in life. Follow your heart! Thanks Cat for being in this way a role model for me. You came here to South Africa and changed your whole life and you seem to be very happy with this decision!
I have fallen in love with South Africa and also with these beautiful animals. One of the most incredible moments I experienced here are when Lizaene or Cat walk between the enclosures and you see that the animals are so thankful for their life here.
I’m sad to leave this place here but I know the animals are connected to me- especially Jade and Zakara. These two lionesses have a really bad background and I can totally understand why they don’t trust humans so much! But they also know that Cat and Lizaene always want the best for them.
A big thank you to all the animals here, for showing me all your kindness, love and forgiveness. It was a pleasure to meet you!
A huge thank you to all the people in Panthera Africa, that you gave me a place in you amazing family.
See you all again!
Alisha- Germany 08/17-11/17