I grew up on a cattle farm in the Waterberg district of Limpopo Province. Although my parents farmed with cattle wild animals roamed naturally across our farms Lea and Mooi Meisie Fontein. I always loved nature and could spend hours observing wildlife. As is the case with most South Africans that grew up in rural areas I started hunting for the pot at a relatively young age.
My life however was to change drastically after meeting up with a woman that soon convinced me that helping wild animals needed a lot more courage than to go out with a gun to kill them.
As I replaced my hunting rifle with a bottle of milk and had to get involved in rearing and caring for orphaned herbivores in between my job as a agricultural representative for herbicides, my opinion on hunting changed.
I realized that despite what I had believed in the past animals were sentient creatures and deserved our respect but above all in a modern world they desperately needed our help. As man continues to take more for himself wild animals inevitably are on the receiving end of our uncaring nature. I no longer wanted to kill wild animals; not even for food.
Without me realizing I had become someone else.Before I could even marry Louise Joubert, she had me sell my hunting rifles and high-jacked most of my earnings and income at the time to rent a piece of land with the option to purchase it. Here she pitched a tent and invited me to “move in” and this is where our journey started.
We set up the SanWild Wildlife Trust in 2000 to protect the land and animals already rescued and under our care. I guess the rest is history..
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I was born in a small town called Vredendal in South Africa’s Cape Province. I am the daughter of the late Founder Trustee, Louise Joubert and have taken over my mom’s duties for now until we can get suitable candidates to help out.
I live in Cape Town with a wonderful husband,that shares my passion for website design. We have the most amazing little girl. In addition to being the webmaster for SanWild, I am also one of the Trustees and serve as the Reservations Officer for our New Sticky Tongue Tented Bush Camp.
All the proceeds of this stylish camp is used to fund SanWild’s work.
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I got involved in wildlife activism way back in 1999 during the Tuli Elephant saga when I was involved with the Wildlife Action Group.At the time 30 young elephants were forcefully removed from their mothers and herds by a wildlife trader called
Ricardo Ghiazza.If you would like to know more about the abuse of these unfortunate young elephants, please click on the following links:
I met Louise during this time and have been involved with SanWild as a Trustee ever since. Although I am no longer as involved in Wildlife Activism, I continue to serve as a Trustee and I am also working with Golden Retriever Rescue in re-homing Goldies in need.
I also have a business called Tailor Made Beds, where we manufacture dog beds, special treats and many more things doggy! Join us on Facebook
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