January 7, 2019
Harriot Brill

So today is Bradleys 10th birthday, so we all want to give him an extra special day to show him what he means to all of us at Umkhumbi lodge and the Wild Volunteers! Bradley and his parent Bianca and Andries Pretorius have worked with us for over a year now. In this time, I

October 5, 2017

My first week here has been a steep learning curve.  It has been so different to what I have experienced in my first three months in South Africa at Karongwe Private Game Reserve.  Last week I woke up to a house full of twenty-something people at 4:30am to go out on a research drive, this

October 3, 2017

By: Victoria (Tori) Gray This week we were introduced to the two stunning Western Barn Owls at the lodge, Fat Owlbert and Muhammad Owli, and the two beautiful Spotted Eagle Owls on the conservancy, Kludd and Igor. Over the last few months since being in South Africa, I’ve come to love and appreciate birds far

July 8, 2017

As you read these lines, be it on your computer, cellphone, or tablet – do you feel like a part of nature? What if I said you should; would you think I’m crazy? We have changed the world we live in drastically. The extent of our impact is greater than for any other species before

July 5, 2017

It’s Monday morning. The alarm rudely wakes you from your sleep.  You drag yourself from bed. You mentally prepare for the daily grind of school, or work. You question if this is all there is. You wonder how you’ve somehow found yourself in the nine-to-five spiral. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. This is not what you

July 2, 2017

  What would you draw if I asked such a question, what images first come to mind? Vast expanses of rainforest, an island in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by turquoise waters, a park near your home, or a city buzzing with people during rush hour? I could draw the forest which extends in front of