Helping township and feral cats for a living.
“My husband thinks I’m mad. Like, ‘Why do you do something like this all the time and get no pay? Why use your own car?’ But it’s just something that, once you start, you can’t stop. Because you see the amazing difference a little bit of volunteer work can do."
The healing power of horses.
“In my second year of uni, I was involved in a serious car accident. I had brain trauma and was in a coma for two weeks. After that, my horses were my entire world.”
Saving Seabirds since the 90's.
“I just love them. They’re actually an indicator of the health of the ocean. If they're in trouble, the ocean’s in trouble. I think conservation people choose specific endangered species and I chose African penguins to try and save.”
Campaigning for lion rights.
“When I started, we were saying things like ‘Lion farming has no conservation value, it will stimulate illegal trade and poaching’. We were regarded as the lunatic fringe. Now, what we were saying has become mainstream. Everybody’s saying it."
Founding Father of The Surfer Kids.
"I think there are several reasons why we started The Surfer Kids. I think the first and most important reason is because we saw the kids in that rural village near Friemersheim, and we saw how there was just nothing there for them to do. They were just walking around, absolutely pointlessly, not doing anything, there was nothing to keep them busy with, nothing constructive, no sort of development of, you know, their physical or mental or whatever capabilities, nothing."
Taking care of the Small Four.
I follow as Marion walks around feeding the cats. The enclosures at the sanctuary are generous; comprised solely of natural materials all aimed at pleasing the kitties. Tree stumps; river sand; long grass and large rocks scatter the floor, making it sometimes hard to spot the elusive small cats. But as Marion mentions over and again: “the enclosures are built for the cats, not the visitors”.
Conservationist with a shark lab and a parrot.
If you happen across the small town of Mossel Bay, located at the edge of the Western Cape in South Africa, you may come across a pirate. Initially, he seems to be a grumpy old man with a parrot sitting atop of his shoulder. He is usually sitting by the lighthouse at The Point, staring out to sea; the waves breaking on the shore. If you decide to take your chances and approach the pirate, you will find that you have, without the aid of a treasure map, stumbled upon one of the Garden Route's hidden gems.