Amy Andree, from Wisconsin in the USA, had previously visited SA where she fell in love with our natural beauty and wildlife. A zookeeper by profession, Amy had a longing to return and develop her knowledge and experience of African Wildlife. In January 2019 that dream became a reality as Amy joined our FGASA endorsed 2-month Field Guide Level 1 Training Program.
Follow her story right here on our blog as Amy breaks it down, week by week.
Week 1: After visiting South Africa in 2017 I had a powerful longing to return. After hearing about the field guide course at Limpopo Field Guiding Academy I worked everyday towards taking this opportunity of a lifetime. Week one of the course exceeded all of my expectations.
I knew it would be challenging and it tested me in every way possible. Everything in nature is connected from the smallest blade of grass to the tallest tree. From an ant to an elephant. We began the course learning about geology the framework that holds everything together and supports life.
At night we slept in our tents while lions roared us to sleep. We learned about plants and reptiles all while a crocodile did it’s morning swim by. Not everything can be learned in a book so we set out on foot in the bush to put our knowledge to a test followed by a daily game drive.
The people in my course represent 7 different countries from ages 19 to 60 and we instantly became a family. We saw tracks from various animals and worked out who they belonged to and how they got there. Some included buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebras, snakes, giraffes and different species of birds. Some were challenging to work out but learning is easy when it’s knowledge you seek.
Follow our blog for all of the 8 weeks of Amy’s great adventure at LFGA!