Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Hello my fellow green minded people. I am finally back into the swing of things. In my last blog I talked about my amazing trip to South Africa. If you are interested in visiting and you love animals, then you MUST check out www.volunteersa.com. The Lion Park in South Africa has been around for 42 years. The facility is impressive and the animals, breathtaking. Seeing a lion in its natural habitat is truly a magical experience. Although the parks prime aim is tourism, conservation is equally important. If you are someone who considers their role in environmental problems and conservation action, and see yourself as part of the solution, then consider a volunteer vacation. Volunteers who are interested in ecological ideas will find this project stimulating. The park is one of only a few that are breeding the rare white lion, already extinct in the wild. Their survival depends on parks like this. The overall aim is to enhance public understanding of wildlife and the conservation of the places that animals live. The Lion Park is a member of PAAZAB (The Zoological Institute of South Africa) and has a high standard of care for all animals in their habitat. Volunteers help with the daily tasks such as feeding and caring for the animals, cleaning and maintaining the animal enclosure and maintaining the park, as well as interacting with the many visitors at the park on a daily basis. The minimum requirement is that you have a love for wildlife and people and are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, and you have a need to add to conservation in Africa. The minimum age for volunteers is 18. Fees do apply, please visit the website for all the details. www.volunteersa.com and happy travels. Eco Candy.