Lucinda Green from Ashington and Kayleigh Foster from
Cramlington will spend just over one month at the Hluhluwe Game
reserve, working alongside an organisation called Saving Private
Rhino to support the conservation of both black and white
The two students first visited South Africa in May 2012 on an
educational trip organised by the college, where they fell in love
with the wildlife there.
On last years' trip they met Bester Scheepers, Game Farm Manager
at a ranch in Hluhluwe, South Africa. Bester works tirelessly to
protect rhinos on the reserve and he approached the college to see
if any volunteers would like to return this year to support
20 year old Lucinda who will be completing her Higher National
Diploma (HND) in Animal Management this June and also works as a
keeper at the college's Zoological Gardens said: "One of our most
memorable moments from last years' trip to South Africa was seeing
the critically endangered black rhino in the wild.
"We both have a passion for conservation so when we were given
the opportunity to go back to help with in-situ rhino conservation
we jumped at the chance."
On the trip Lucinda and Kayleigh will be helping with a range of
activities such as; monitoring rhino behaviour and grazing
patterns, making identification kits on each
rhino encountered, identifying areas in which they are found and
helping the breeding programme.
Lucinda and Kayleigh recently completed the Alwinton Round 20
mile walk, raising over £350 to go to three rhino conservation
24 year old Kayleigh, who has just completed a Level 3 Diploma
in Animal Management at the college and is going on to study the
HND course in September said: "The College has excellent facilities
at Kirkley Hall for anyone looking to work with animals. It has a
zoo with over 130 different species including several that are
"We have learned so much about conservation of various animals
in their natural habitats so to have the opportunity to go to
Africa last year to see them for real was amazing. This time the
trip will give us excellent experience in conservation if we choose
to follow careers in that field."
For more information on the range of animal management courses
available at the Kirkley Hall campus visit