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Meet Gondwana’s Fierce Female Field Guides!

August 23, 2019
Gondwana Field Guides

We are very privileged to have several female field guides on our Gondwana guiding team. To celebrate Women’s month we wanted to shine the spotlight on these fabulous females and asked them why they studied to be a field guide.

Natasha Smuts 

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Hello, I’m Natasha, a field guide at Gondwana game Reserve. I’ve been working at Gondwana for almost a year. Being a female guide can be hard but also a great achievement. Guiding is often seen as a man’s job and us females need to prove ourselves a lot more.

Growing up I went camping with family and friends and enjoyed weekends away on our farm in the Little Karoo. Ever since I can remember I wanted to pursue a career in nature, so I studied field guiding and have been enjoying every moment ever since.

Being able to protect wildlife and everything that’s a part of nature is a great privilege as is educating others about our wildlife.

 

Kayla Ramsden

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My name is Kayla Ramsden; I am 24 years old and have been with the Gondwana team for almost two years. I have always had a love and passion for nature and animals and grew up always being surrounded by some sort of animal, whether it be the many domestic animals at home or at the horse riding stables where I spent most of my time growing up. After High school, I studied Diploma in Nature Management and did my Field Guide course during that time period as well. Over the years I have become very passionate about conservation and very aware of all the negative impacts that we as a human race enforce on the Earth. I enjoy being able to make other people aware of these issues and share information on how small changes to daily activities and can lessen our harmful impact on the environment. Gondwana has definitely been an amazing adventure and learning curve for me and I will never forget the memories that were made here.

 

Meagan Eddy

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My name is Meagan. Originally from Cape Town, I came to Gondwana to complete my studies in Nature Management and stayed on as a Field Guide. I have always been fascinated by the complexity and simplicity of the natural world’s ecosystems and ecology, both in the open bush as well as in urban spaces. I love the fresh air, natural silence and the fact that there is always something new to learn. Guides are never just one thing; we are 4×4 drivers and nature interpreters, but also students, experts, waiters/servers, creative entertainers, mechanics, first aiders, sometimes strict guardians of our guests…we are whatever the situation requires us to be. But whether we are learning about a new plant and insect relationship or manoeuvring new 4×4 angles or celebrating birthdays and engagements, we do it together as colleagues and as friends.

 

Lizaan Claassen

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Hi, my name is Lizaan and I am a field guide at Gondwana game reserve.  My passion for nature grew when my dad started taking us to the sea, where I explored the rock pools finding many extraordinary little sea creatures and later catching fish with my dad.  Nature is like this big unknown place just waiting to be explored. Just watching the animals and how wonderful God created everything in such a perfect way in perfect balance and how everything depends on each other to survive. This is why I love to be a field guide.

 

 

 

 Abigail Janse Van Rensberg

Gondwana field guide

Hi, My name is Abi, I am a female ranger at Gondwana Game Reserve. Although I grew up in a city I have always had the desire to explore nature and its beauty and I have a real passion for animals. After visiting several game lodges growing up, I became even more interested in nature. After school, I went on to study game ranging in the Eastern Cape. After starting my training I never looked back or regretted my career choice. There is nothing more satisfying for me than to be amongst the biggest of animals and having close encounters with elephants has been the most wonderful experience. Field Guiding is a very satisfying career.

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