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Jess Shillaw


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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Gloria Ruggieri

Thank you for an inspiring and hopeful blog.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

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

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

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.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

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.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

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!

Melinda Ruggiero

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

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

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

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Or Dame Virginia McKenna and the Born Free Foundation

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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…..

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

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

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

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

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

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.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

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

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

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.

Gawie Jordaan
Master Tracker

Formidable woman being formidable! Well done!

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

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!!

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

THAT is an awesome post! Thank you!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

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

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