New Job in Ethiopia

It has been a couple of years since I last used this blog properly but I am back in action! I have started a new job with Born Free in Ethiopia. I am the Wildlife Care Manager and as such am in charge of the welfare of the animals held at the sanctuary, including prepping them for potential release. I also aid in the rescue of wildlife in need which can vary wildlife from an African lion to a tortoise. I am working with lions, cheetah, hyena, a variety of primates, antelope and birds of prey. The site is based in Holeta just outside of Addis Ababa and also acts as a wildlife refuge to native wildlife living in the area such as leopard, a healthy population or hyena, warthog and abundant array of birds.

20841951_10154979351302874_109471266533646981_n (1)Getting to know some of our resident hyenas

I will be updating this blog with tales from my adventures here! Stay tuned!

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The truth behind my lion selfie

According to Jess

As I apprehensively shuffled into the caged box, my gut clenched and my heart stopped…I immediately knew that I was in a bad place, and I desperately wanted to run straight back out and find comfort in my friends hiding out in the car.

But something stronger told me to carry on, something told me that by enduring the next hour in this awful place I could find hope to make a positive change to the hell that I currently found myself encased in.

After an hour of enduring the heartbreaking pain of filming undercover, I spent the next hour crying and shaking at what I had seen. I was both so angry and upset that I couldn’t decide between having an emotional breakdown and marching straight back into the building to punch the guy in the face. And that’s when I decided that I could try my absolute hardest…

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Exotic Pet Trade Day 2014

To clarify, the below event is designed to discuss the implications for welfare and conservation involved in the keeping of exotic pets. It is not in support of the exotic pet trade.

Exotic Pet Trade Day 2014

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Wild Futures Celebrates 50th Year

We are celebrating our 50th year of rescuing monkeys from the primate pet trade here in the UK. What started with Woolly Monkeys at The Monkey Sanctuary back in 1964 has evolved into an international Charity, Wild Futures, which still rescues monkeys from the primate pet trade with it’s flagship project, The Monkey Sanctuary. We also support primate conservation projects all around the world from North Africa to South America.

As part of our 50th anniversary we are seeking to boost our social media followers on facebook and Twitter.      

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Win a Monkey Necklace

To celebrate reaching 8000 fantastic Facebook fans, we’re giving away this beautiful, exclusively designed, silver monkey necklace!

To be in with a chance of winning…
LIKE and SHARE this photo on our Facebook page. 
LIKE our Facebook page Wild Futures

Winner announced Monday 12th May- Good Luck! 


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Primates Decline in 100 Years

The Primate Pet Trade plays a key role in the massive decline of primate species all around the world, follow Wild Futures work on their facebook page trying to stop the primate pet trade and supporting primate conservation projects around the world. If you are interested in networking or sharing educational resources/literature then please email me on


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Volunteers Urgently Needed

Volunteer at The Monkey Sanctuary, a project of Wild Futures (reg. charity no. 1102532). At The Monkey Sanctuary, we provide a life-long home to a group of woolly monkeys, and a growing number of rescued capuchin monkeys and Barbary macaques. As a volunteer you will help us to clean out monkey enclosures, prepare food and enrichment items for the monkeys, assist in activity and education workshops with young visitors to the Sanctuary, and help in our vegetarian café, as well as other maintenance tasks during the winter months. All the while you get the chance to observe 3 beautiful primate species in a tranquil Cornwall setting and make a real difference by helping us spread the message that primates live best in the wild and not as pets, as well as encouraging visitors to consider sustainable ways of living. We host volunteers in shared dormitories for 2-5 week placements all year round, and ask for a donation of £40 per week to help us cover the costs of food and accommodation. For more information please email Paul

We are in particular need over the next 2-3 months.

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