South African adventure for Animal Studies students

Wednesday 30 Aug 2017

A Myerscough College Animal Studies group have returned from their annual trip to South Africa.

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A group of 30 staff and students enjoyed a busy itinerary, which for the first time saw the group head firstly to Cape Town. Here they visited areas including Table Mountain, Boulders Beach to the see the African penguin and Robben Island. They also enjoyed whale watching at Hermanus, cage diving with great white sharks at Gansbaai and visited an ostrich breeding farm in Oudtshoorn.

The group also took in the sites of the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Schotia private game reserve.

The party then visited the Addo Elephant National Park to undertake some big game viewing, before heading to the Shamwari Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth, on the Eastern Cape of the country, for the last two weeks of the trip, for their usual busy and varied programme of activities which included monitoring of wildlife and undertaking some key conservation activities and maintenance of the reserve.

Tutor, Louise Bell, organises the trip and says: ‘’This is the sixth time we’ve been on this trip and it was hugely successful once again.

‘’The students worked within a well-established project and while they are there discovered new life skills and experienced things they couldn’t do anywhere else in the world. It was a great experience for everyone in the group.’’

A spokesperson for the Shamwari Conservation Experience said: ‘’A massive thank you from us all. Once again, you guys have been awesome.’’

‘’We hope you have had an amazing time and hope to see Myerscough back again next year.’’

Click the link here to view a gallery of photographs of the trip: 

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by Dave Salmon 

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