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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Thank you for an inspiring and hopeful blog.

Jess, thank you for your insights on women in modern Africa.

Your story Jess is an inspiration to all who read it. Your dedication and enthusiasm and courage to protect the Leadwood trees and the Leopards of Londolozi is very encouraging. Beverly Joubert is one dedicated lady and her films of wildlife,together with her Husband Derrick is outstanding. May you Jess and the other Lady Rangers be blessed in the hard work that you do to keep Londolozi safe and protected.

Thanks for the lovely article on Women and nature, Jess.
I do hope that by visiting Londolozi and other protected areas in Southern Africa I can contribute a little to the protection of these precious animals.

Hi Jess! I couldn’t have chosen better! Great list of great mothers- animals and humans!- I would just add Joy Adamson she was a pioneer about considering individual animal life, with her book Born Free and the following movement. Pippas challenge and Queen of Shaba were her next books, she raised first Elsa the lion cub and returned her to nature, then Pippa the cheetah and in the end Penny the leopard. Old books but still so modern. Thank you!

Keep up the excellent work ladies! You are a true inspiration!! Best, Lindy

Bravo & inspiring! Nice change of subject and great idea focusing on the forces behind change!

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Or Dame Virginia McKenna and the Born Free Foundation

Thank you Jess for your inspiring words highlighting the importance of women in/and nature. Your list of inspiring women in the animal and conservation was expected, although there was a name new to me – the Akashinga. They look definitely like a group of warriors that will defend to the death -watch out poachers!
It’s also important to note that Londolozi is one of the very few properties that support and promote women in all aspects of the safari experience!
I’m looking forward to seeing you all in a few months…..

This is a fabulous essay! Thanks for the Lionesses of Londolozi!

The women of Landolzi are so crtical to its success at every level of the operation!

Well said! All these women are great examples for the rest of us. Can’t wait to read Love, Life and Elephants. I’ve added it to my Goodreads list.

An interesting and inspirational blog, Jess! Woman as protector, defender, educator, leader…go girls!!

I love that you called out some of the great Female Protectors! Power to you and them. I learned of some new women to follow. Daphne Sheldrick, Jane Goodall and Beverly Joubert are rock stars for certain! Beacons of hope.

Formidable woman being formidable! Well done!

Just finished reading Daphne Sheldrick’s book before the holidays…truly amazing life and legacy.

Brilliant post Jess, and three cheers to the amazing women you honored in your blog, including, of course, the Londolozi Lady Rangers! Brava to all!!

THAT is an awesome post! Thank you!

Jess, What a great reminder of the power and passion of women!

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