It certainly pays to be hard working and our team decided to reward the 17 most hard working children at Natebe Primary School with an exciting trip to Lion Encounter!
The group was made up of children from different grades who had worked very hard to achieve top results in the first term of school. This was a great incentive, as they have not often had a tangible reward for working hard.
As soon as everyone arrived at Lion Encounter, the team took the children down to the Zambezi River. It was fascinating as many of them had never seen one of their own nation’s most spectacular sites, even though it is just around the corner from where they live.
Enid, our Community Intern, proceeded to give an introduction to the Zambezi River. She explained the ecosystems that the river sustains using examples such as crocodiles and the different types of fish. Enid elaborated on the size of the Zambezi River, and detailed that it flows all the way up to the Indian Ocean as well as the fact that it is the fourth longest river in Africa following the Nile, Congo and Niger.
After the visit to the river, we gathered in ‘the white house’ (also known as the volunteer accommodation) and told the children about Lion Encounter, ALERT, and our efforts to conserve Africa‘s most iconic species: The African Lion. It was then time to visit the lions themselves.
There was much excitement as the children approached the enclosures; anticipating what it would be like to see the king of the beasts up close and in the flesh or, should we say, fur. They looked on in awe from the edge of the enclosure, watching the lions peacefully resting together in a shaded spot before getting up and walking right by the fence!
Once the children had been able to fully take in the lion encounter experience, we returned to have a bite to eat. This was followed by the receipt of a gift bag for each child; these contained books, pencils, pens and toothbrushes. Many an item that will aid in the children’s hard working efforts, although probably not the toothbrushes.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their tour, it was a very good opportunity for them to learn about lions and the environment as well as to reap the benefits of working hard. We hope that the excursion will act as motivation for fellow classmates, perhaps on the next excursion we will have not only 17, but 37 children coming to visit.
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