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."
I live in a forest.
“At the end of the day, what pulled me into naturopathy was that the man that I was completely in love with was hit by a bus in Johannesburg and he went into a coma. Modern medicine told me he would be a vegetable. ”
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.”
The mystery behind animal communication.
"There’s so much to animal communication. Nobody ever knows everything, it’s a continual learning curve. It’s something that I think everybody has to find their own way into. People can put you on the road, but you got to find your own way down it."
"I got married among the birds of Eden"
“I was having a really tough time finding a place here in the Garden Route to get married. We walked through Birds of Eden, and we got halfway through and my husband and I just looked at each other, and we turned to Lara and said, ‘Have you ever had weddings here?’ And she said, ‘I've had one and I'm about to have another.’ And we said, ‘We will be your third.'"
Primates are pretty awesome.
“I love them, I love these guys. I am actually one of them. I feel like one of them. Being with monkeys makes you know more about yourself because it is something that we came from. We may have become more evolved, but I think we still have lots to learn from them."
Wildlife through the lens of a field guide.
“My love for nature actually stems from my grandparents. My grandmother, she absolutely loved the animals. So it’s actually really cool to able to do something that I know they’re proud of. I’ve always said, since I was very small, that I want to be a game ranger, to be somebody that sits in the front of the vehicle and tells everybody about the animals."
“I have a massive phobia of inland. I love the ocean so if I can be in the middle of it without any land around me, that’s where my happiest spot is."
It's a drummer-diver's life.
“Back then I was just using a GoPro, but making all kinds of videos involving sharks and people, and then stitching it all together and kind of making things work that way. Then I gradually started upgrading my gear and going to different places."