My husband and I just returned from volunteering at the elephant sanctuary and wildlife rescue center at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT)—a dream of mine three years in the making. Being a volunteer there involves strenuous, physical labor in tropical heat and humidity, but it’s an incredibly rewarding experience that allows you to safely interact with animals in a responsible and meaningful way. You truly do make a difference in these animals’ everyday lives, majority of whom were rescued from decades of unimaginable abuse and mistreatment in the tourism and logging industries as well as the exotic wildlife pet trade.Read More
I got home from work the other night and as I was pulling into my driveway, I spotted a seabird over a foot tall crossing my neighborhood street. I thought, this can't be normal. This bird must be disoriented, injured or lost to be wandering around in my neighborhood, which happens to be about a half mile from the beach and wetlands.
I knew that if I left the bird there, he would get run over by a car or get attacked by neighborhood dogs, cats or worse, a coyote.Read More