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After a career as an Advocate practising law in Zimbabwe and Botswana, Chris came back to South Africa in 1984, and decided to retire young. He farmed in the Western Transvaal for ten years, before he and Bev moved to the Kalahari to establish a wildlife rehab centre and Sanctuary. Kalahari Dream is the story of that centre; how it was founded and what wonderful birds and animals they rescued.
After moving from the Kalahari to Wilderness in the Cape, Chris kept busy building up the NGO which he and Bev had founded, called the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH), a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation. The couple’s work has earned them awards, both in SA and international.
Chris received the Marchig Trust's annual award for global animal welfare work in 2007. In November 2015, CACH attended the award ceremony in London at World Travel week to receive the award for Best Animal Welfare Initiative from World Responsible Tourism.
In July 2015, the couple sold up and put their life savings in to a 175 hectare piece of land in the Klein Karoo near Ladismith, in order to set up a new wildlife sanctuary. The Karoo Wildlife Centre will start taking in orphaned and injured animals in early 2016.
The couple are also authors of the book “For the Love of Wildlife,” the true story of one Namibian farming family’s efforts to set up a lion sanctuary.
Animal Advocacy, Wildlife Rehab.
on May 22, 2012 :
It is wonderful experience reading about the experience of doing something one truly loves regardless of the inconvenience and hardships that are constantly in the way. The magic moments with the animals and the thrill of helping an injured creature seems to make up for all that.
I liked the little videos that are interspursed throughout the book. It added another interesting dimension.
Every person concerned with animal welfare would love this personal heart-breaking and uplifting chronicle. I, too, am thankful to such dedicated people as Bev and Chris.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2012 :
As a fan of Chris Mercer's "For the Love of Wildlife" book, I couldn't wait to read his "Kalari Dream" as well, which is co-written by his wife Bev. This is a video book in that in between the text, there's a link to a video on YouTube so you can watch what you just read about. Very Clever!!!! The book comes alive. I downloaded it to my iPad and read it in bed every night. It is definitely a book not to be missed by every animal lover in the world.
I must say that in between the humor and drama of running the Kalahari Raptor Center, Chris and Bev are confronted with the most idiotic, political and stupid rules of the so called conservationists in South Africa. The agony and rhetoric seem to be never ending. This book should be a “Must Read” for everyone who consider themselves to a conservationist. I learned so much about this issue, I often felt sick to my stomach. But then Chris would describe the everyday joys at home with the injured animals and that made up for it and made me feel better again. Every effort has a price, but why the hypocrisy from those that are supposedly on your side?
I’m so thankful for people like Chris and Bev. What would this world be like without them? Thank you for writing this book and sharing your life with us. Your dedication is outstanding. And thank you also for taking up the cause against “Canned Lion Hunting”.
Seattle, WA - USA
(reviewed long after purchase)