Chris Mercer


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.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Bev and I sold up, and moved to a piece of land in the Kalahari. Wildlife has always been our passion. we wanted to start a wildlife sanctuary, using our own savings. Wow! we never anticipated the hostility towards our efforts by conservation authorities. "There is no conservation value in wildlife rehabilitation" was their mantra.
So we had to fight for our rights. Four years and two visits to the Constitutional Court later, we finally shook off the dead hand of bureaucracy. Now we could focus on rescuing wildlife. And we did. Kalahari Dream is our story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was invaluable. Neither Bev nor I are too tech-savvy, but the Publishing Guide steered us through the format jungle.
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Kalahari Dream Book Promo
Promo video to give context to the book


Kalahari Dream
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,340. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A book for animal lovers. From the authors of the critically acclaimed book 'For the Love of Wildlife' comes a compelling true story of one couple's struggle against overwhelming opposition from conservation authorities, to set up a wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Kalahari.

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Smashwords book reviews by Chris Mercer

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Oct. 16, 2011

    A wonderful guide which even I understood and was able to implement. Formatting, and the time taken to learn how, is hard work, but the results are immensely satisfying. thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. Chris Mercer