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July 2015 week 7

Tuesday was the highlight of the week with a visit to Kinyonga reptile centre
in Hoedspruit. We had the opportunity to handle and be photographed with a
Burmese python we hand-fed giant plated lizards and even mouth-fed a big tropical chameleon.

The slide-show presentation was very informative. What a pity more people are not informed about snakes. So many untruths and myths are spread as gospel, with a negative impact on snake populations worldwide. The live snake presentation made it even clearer- snakes are not out to get you.

On Wednesday I did my first walk, leading the others in a guiding experience.
It’s quite intimidating watching out for dangerous game, giving out
interesting facts on trees and animals, while keeping your wits about where
you’re heading and how to get back home. I got everyone back in one piece
within the three hour time frame, so that’s a start. Remembering all we’ve
learnt when put on the spot is quite a different matter. We each have the
opportunity to take three walks and three drives as a practice run to our
final practical assessment. Ian’s standards are high, so good luck to all.

– Liesl Potgieter

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