Enslaved by animals: the true story of a wildlife rehab dog.
by Chris Mercer. SD67V7NXUP6Q
(formerly of the Kalahari Raptor and Predator Sanctuary, South Africa. Co-author with Beverley Pervan of the book “For the Love of Wildlife.”)
Bev and I used to run a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center in a remote part of the Kalahari semi-desert area of South Africa. Actually we did not run the sanctuary, although we owned it and paid for everything out of our declining savings. The animals did.
As with any management structure, there was a hierarchy at the Kalahari Raptor Centre. Perhaps like corporate hierarchies, our hierarchy shifted and varied according to new arrivals and departures. The arrival of a lion, for example, would seriously affect the existing order of things.
We had two massive Boerbull dogs, who weighed a sizeable 75 kgs each. The male dog, Shumba, had assumed management duties, and believed that he ruled the roost. Actually, he only ruled for 98% of the time, because we were visited occasionally (about 2%) of the time by a colony of meerkats, and although not much larger than a rat, these fearless little attack machines would confront even a Boerbull. If you spend your time killing scorpions and snakes, then who is afraid of a dog?
At one time we opened our arms (and our pockets) to a pair of jackal pups, whose mother had just paid the ultimate price for doing what was natural in a material world. Jackals are dogs too, being members of the canid species. Before her untimely departure, their mother had obviously trained her children very well, because at the mere sight of the canine manager of the center, the pups put on such a polished display of abject groveling, that he must have felt fulfilled. They put their pointy ears back in submission and wriggled and squirmed up to him, their bushy tails thumping the ground or swinging wildly. Then they darted little licks at his fleshy jowls and climaxed the show by flinging themselves down on their backs at his front paws, begging for acceptance. The Boss received the acrobatic display of servility with elegant aplomb, and then cast about their camp until he aroma-located their half-empty food bowl.
For the full story, and more images, see the Stories page of this website.
Two rescued animals: check out how much they like each other:
Macavity the mystery cat in the video came down out of the Kouga mountains to the lonely little cottage where we were taking a working holiday. No human habitation for miles – Heaven knows how she got there. Never have we seen such poor condition in an animal – she was literally starving. Her backbone jutted out like a shark’s fin. Her ear was torn and bleeding. She was living on grasshoppers!
My partner Bev and I ran a wildlife rehab centre in the Kalahari for seven years and we cannot turn away from any animal in distress. So we adopted her, fed her up, had her spayed and just look how content she is now. Macavity rules the roost. She gives the bat-eared fox a whack when the grooming gets toooo much.
What a pleasure to read a story about wildlife rehabilitation written by authors who really know what they are talking about. I have worked in animal welfare for over 20 years, including at Director level for the World Society for the Protection of Animals and as co-founder of World Animal Net, and I can thoroughly recommend this book to anybody else who – like me – loves Africa and its wildlife. The trials and tribulations of running a wildlife sanctuary are honestly and successfuly presented within an interesting and enlightening historical case study – which is as gripping as any novel. The authors established their own successful rehabilitation centre in the Kalahari, which I had the pleasure to visit. They know and understand their subject, and are totally dedicated to the wlldlife cause … so much so that the proceeds for selling this book are being put towards the Campaign Against Canned Hunting, which they now run. So: You buy and enjoy a book; The money goes to help ban canned hunting. How ‘win-win’ is that?!
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BBC Wildlife Magazine
This is the true story of one farming family’s efforts to rescue wild animals in the harsh wilds of Namibia. An uplifting saga of extraordinary rescues, of success and failure, of triumph and tragedy, this book will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. You will learn a great deal about African wildlife. Also how to establish a wildlife rehab centre – and not what to do. How rough and ready African solutions can surprisingly succeed even in the most unlikely situations. As the book reviewer wrote in BBC Wildlife Magazine : Here is the real thing – warts and all.
Check out the photos on the Photo Gallery.
Now available in electronic format for download from the Kindle Store at Amazon.com for only US$6.99
Why only $6.99 for such a great book? Because every animal lover needs to read this book.
Where does the money go? Not on fancy wheels; the boodle goes to the Campaign Against Canned Hunting. Click the CACH button on the right.