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During the Easter holidays, 18 pupils journeyed to the Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Participating in an exciting work experience curriculum, they gained first-hand insight into what it takes to run a conservation programme. Pupils assisted monitoring animals including reporting back any illness or injury observed on the resident elephants, lions, rhinos and cheetahs in the reserve while being educated about rhino poaching and the lion trade, both rife in southern Africa.
The pupils visited the Born Free site to hear the stories of the lions and leopards cared for by the organisation.
The pupils also spent a day in the local community helping with an arts and crafts class at a day care centre, donating art supplies and assisting the setup of a football pitch for the young children.
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