Help Zharelle conquer her dreams while gaining experience!

Zharelle Edwards Start Date: Feb 26, 2018 - End Date: Nov 25, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
  • South Africa

My Travel Story

by: Zharelle Edwards Start Date: Feb 26, 2018 - End Date: Nov 25, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
Hello everybody, my name is Zharelle and I am a pre-veterinary student in Montana. I have always had a passion for wild animals, therefore I am persuing a future in zoological medicine. Going to Africa to help save and protect some of the world's most extraordinary creatures has forever been a goal of mine. Now, not only do I have the opportunity to embark on this journey, that will fulfill my dreams, but I also get to gain exceptional experience that will advance my future studies. Too many animals are teetering on the line of extinction, and it is the responsibility of us, humans, to keep them on the right side of that line. I'm not prepared to show my grandchildren pictures of elephants and take them to a museum so they can see the bones and a life sized replica because elephants no longer exist. I am prepared, though, to change the future.

The challenges to fully effectuate the conservation projects we have deemed necessary have become more and more labyrinthine in design as anthropogenic distortions continue to put pressure on the planet. As the wild becomes more repressed, more animals need to be placed in captivity. A captivity that cannot possibly support the magnitude of needs that accompany the grandeur of a wild animal.

The animals in captivity have become advocates for animals everywhere. We see them, we love them, now all we need to do is help them. We have stepped up with rehabilitation and reproduction services, but that is only part of the battle. We need to not only realize, but understand, that the majority of the animals that are there, are there because of human activities. I might not be able to do it all by myself, but every one person's efforts, is a force we didn't have yesterday. With your support, not only will I join the frontline of this battle, but I will do so with the confidence and force of your backing power.
  • South Africa

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