Hello, I'm Rae and this is my blog
I was born and raised in Johannesburg city, but my heart has always belonged in the wilderness. The conservation of wildlife and the preservation of our natural spaces has been a lifelong mission. From a young age, I joined as many local volunteer initiatives as I could. In 2016, I completed a diploma in Nature Conservation, and over the past few years, I have worked on several conservation projects in the South African bush. Through my time in the field, I have been fortunate to work in many beautiful places across the country, and I was able to participate in some great conservation initiatives.
Through this platform, I would like to share some of my personal experiences in the field and give every person a small window into the fascinating world of conservation and the great outdoors.
Why Mopani Monkey?
The name was inspired by the mopane worm - an iconic caterpillar in Southern Africa. Being high in protein, they serve as an important food source for birds and also rural communities.
They are also important nutrient recyclers, feeding primarily on the Mopane tree after which they are named. The caterpillars transform into beautiful, bold emperor moths.
And I guess monkeys are universal symbols of whimsy. My vision for this blog is to provide a platform for learning about wildlife and conservation by producing good content in a digestible way, offering relief from the heaviness of the current media climate.