Teenager’s quest to save the African rhino

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A plucky Bicker teenager is on a quest to South Africa to join a project which helps animals in the wild and educates the locals against poaching.

Lauren Bell, 19, will be flying out to the continent on her own in April to take part in a project with the African Conservation Experience (ACE).

She revisited her old school, Thomas Cowley High in Donington recently to hold a fundraising cake sake and spoke about her plans.

“The wildlife project I will be working on is called Khulula Care For Wild, which has a strong focus on rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife back into its natural environment,” she said.

“They also work closely with local communities in relocating wildlife and treating injured wildlife, as well as educating the locals about the endangered animals and how poaching can be stopped.”

As a volunteer, Lauren will be helping with the daily care and minor veterinary treatment of the wildlife brought in to the centre.

“I’m most looking forward to working with rhino,” she said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as in the next 10 years this species is likely to have become extinct and I want to do everything I can to help prevent this from happening. I’m also a big cat fanatic, so if any lion cubs come in to the centre while I’m there I’ll be wanting to bring them all home.”

As Lauren has already funded the trip’s expenses herself, all the sponsorship money she raises will go directly to the wildlife project.

l To sponsor Lauren visit www.gofundme.com/khulu
lacareforwild.