I didn’t plan to visit an orphanage while in South Africa, but it just happened that our Zulu family took us there for a few hours. This particular orphanage away from big roads in remote area of Zululand and doesn’t get a lot of visitors. The kids were so excited to have someone hang out with them – even better – someone so white and blond! Apparently I was the first blond person some of them have ever seen in their lives and they kept pulling my hair and touching it. (you can kinda see in photo number 3).


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When I got a chance to visit Lion and Giraffe park in Johannesburg, I din’t think too much – I always wanted to see little cubs running around, feeding them and the giraffes.

Now that I’m older and know that these baby lions are not rescues, but little victims of the tourism business, I would do my homework and check what happens to the baby lions after they are too old to be in the park.

 

Lesson learned.


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