Protecting Wildlife

The Spirit Foundation recently had the privilege of visiting Care for Wild ( and our visit was not only eye-opening, but deeply inspiring, showcasing the remarkable work being done to protect orphaned rhinos and uplift the surrounding communities.

Our day began with an unforgettable experience – feeding orphaned rhinos. Though vulnerable, these majestic creatures displayed an incredible resilience that is a testament to the dedication and care they receive at Care for Wild. It was humbling to witness the bond between the caregivers and these rhinos, reinforcing the critical importance of wildlife conservation efforts.

Next, we had the pleasure of walking the K9 unit dogs. These highly trained dogs play a crucial role in anti-poaching efforts, and their discipline and energy were truly impressive. The bond between the handlers and their K9 partners was evident, and it was heartening to see the innovative strategies being employed to protect endangered species.

One of the highlights of our visit was observing the educational development programme offered to children from surrounding communities. This programme is a shining example of how Care for Wild extends its impact beyond wildlife conservation to human development. The children were engaged in a variety of activities, from tug of war and skipping to in-class activities focusing on reading and maths literacy skills. The joy and enthusiasm of the children were palpable, and it was clear that these programmes are making a significant difference in their lives.

The tug of war and skipping activities fostered a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among the children and staff, highlighting the importance of physical activity and social interaction in child development. In the classroom, the focus on reading and maths literacy skills is equipping these young minds with the tools they need for a brighter future. It was particularly encouraging to see the dedication of the staff and the eagerness of the children to learn and grow.

Throughout our visit, our hosts provided invaluable insights into the development and impact of their programmes. They shared stories of success and challenges, illustrating the profound difference that community involvement and educational support can make. Spirit Foundation Director, Wendy de Sousa, and I were deeply moved by the commitment of the Care for Wild team to both wildlife conservation and community empowerment.

As we walked through the facility, we were reminded of the interconnectedness of our efforts. Protecting wildlife and empowering communities are not mutually exclusive; they are synergistic goals that, when pursued together, create a more sustainable and hopeful future for all. The Spirit Foundation is proud to support Care for Wild in its mission, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.

In conclusion, our visit to Care for Wild was a powerful reminder of the impact that dedicated individuals and organisations can have on both wildlife and human communities. It was an honour to witness first-hand the transformative work being done and to see the smiles on the faces of the children and staff. Together, we can continue to make a difference – one rhino, one child, and one community at a time.