Animal Management intern, Lorna Harvey, found her experience of working with the lions at Antelope Park last year so life-changing, she has vowed to continue to support ALERT’s work now she is back in the UK.
Lorna is an active member of the Pride of ALERT Fundraising Network and is currently organising a fundraising event in London to celebrate World Lion Day 2014 on Sunday, August 10th. Along with raising funds, Lorna also realises that acting as an ambassador for ALERT within her local community is very important. For this reason, she recently braved a room full of excited Cub Scouts to tell them about ALERT and why lion conservation is needed. There were lots of awws and wows when Lorna showed the children her photographs from Antelope Park and they were all particularly interested in hearing about the Ngamo release pride. Throughout the talk, the boys were enthusiastic and asked lots of questions. During her internship, Lorna spent time at the ALERT Education Centre where she saw how much the students loved ‘the Big 5 Game’ they played with teacher Staben Porovha. The Cub Scouts loved it too. ‘The boys really loved competing against each other to see who could correctly shout out the names of the Big 5 animals the fastest’, said Lorna. They also enjoyed learning how to use Lorna’s walking stick to say ‘No’; a safety measure visitors are taught how to carry out before taking part in lion walks.
Because of the boys’ interest in lion conservation, the Scout group is now going to be holding a fundraising fun day in July in aid of ALERT with a barbeque, bake sale, face painting, raffles, apple bobbing and even a magician.
A big thank you goes to Lorna for her hard work and dedication. If you would like to join the Pride of ALERT Fundraising Network, or are able to carry out an awareness-raising event in your local area, please email Helen at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning about lion walks
Playing the Big 5 Game