Zimbabwe: Wild is life and sport

(Saturday) After a journey of an hour, we arrived at Wild is Life. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but it went beyond my expectations. As we walked through the gate, we were welcomed by an Australian lady.

Along with a group of four, she introduced us to the two lions at the entrance, explaining their names, where they came from and other information about them. One of the lions was very protective over his water bowl so when one of the woman from our group got too close, it growled and she jumped out of her skin.

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While looking at the lions, a friendly warthog named prickle scuttled around our feet searching for a scratch. It was the cutest thing. Also there were two dogs, which were constantly chasing each other and play fighting.

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In a different cage, there were five lions, which were getting raw neat throw at them through the fence. The largest male lion was huge with no mane.

Next we were shown the giraffe, where they came up close and we got to feed them branches, where they would tug at the leaves to eat. This was an amazing experience.

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After we sat in some comfy sofas under a marque, where we were served refreshments. The tea was served in a china cup, along with several delicious, homemade cakes: nut brownie, lemon slices and scones.

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Once we had finished, we saw my favourite animal: a baby elephant. It was just wandering around with its keeper. We were not able to approach it but it did come to us so we could stroke it. The baby elephant played in the leaves and on a cushion.

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Interesting fact: Baby elephants can get attached to their keeper so they have to make sure they have several so if one person has to go away, it won’t die of heart break.

Then we climbed over a fence to see the cheetah and pangolin. The cheetahs were not in cages so we could get up close but the did have a harness. They were very chilled.

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Most people haven’t heard of a pangolin, let alone see one. I had the privilege of meeting one and stroking it. Apparently only 2% of the world has ever seen one. The owner was called Matthew and you could see that he loved it like a child.

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It came to the end of our personal tour, which was a lot earlier that we expected so Jonah wasn’t picking us up yet. The owner let us sit in the sofa area and served us drinks as well as sandwiches, which was extremely kind and hospitable.

Later in the afternoon, we had arranged a church vs school football and netball match. I was arranging and umpiring the netball game. We had to make a court out of cones, which had to be smaller than a normal courant and it was uneven ground. All the girls played in bare feet, which I personally couldn’t do. All the girls played well but the school team were a lot stronger with a scour of 32-9. I have found that they were honest because if they knew they broke a rule, they would give the ball to the other team.

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The football match was amusing as our football coach kept getting frustrated as the team were not listening but in the end it was 3-3.

After, we all shared some refreshments before heading back to the training centre to have dinner and sort out the next day.

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