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Connor McLeod with two sedated lions at Phinda

Connor McLeod

🇦🇺 Australia

Length of Trip
28 Nights

Project Year

Growing up with parents who used to live in Africa, I was privileged to hear incredible stories from all around the continent.

At the age of 19 and one year into an Environmental Science & Business Degree I decided that it was the perfect time for me to have my own stories to tell. I decided I wanted to be a volunteer and be as involved in animals as I possibly could, so the wildlife research project at Phinda seemed like the perfect choice. I left Australia armed with a camera and a serious amount of excitement, after an entire life of stories my expectations were very high.

Connor McLead with a sedated Rhino at Phinda

On reflection the experiences I have had far surpassed my wildest expectations.

From dehorning rhinos to riding in the back of a land cruiser with two knocked-out lionesses I certainly got what I had hoped for. The ACE team and the Phinda locals have provided me with memories that will last a lifetime and an endless amount of stories that I will forever treasure.