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  • Writer's pictureAngie Raab

Into the Wylde

Updated: Jan 26

"Until you step into the unknown, you don't know what you are made of!" -roy t. bennett

How one continent changed my life...

I AM A DOG HANDLER, HUMANITARIAN, CONSERVATIONIST, ADVENTURER, STORY TELLER & A PHOTOGRAPHER. Embarking on a journey through the diverse landscapes of Southern Africa, my initial connection with the African wilderness was sparked by a documentary project. The odyssey took me from the vibrant diversity of South Africa to the untamed beauty of the Zimbabwean bush, filming rhino conservation against the backdrop of Mount Kenya’s snow-capped peak, and eventually, to the arid expanses, tracing the legendary desert elephants in a war-torn region. Little did I know, this adventure would become the catalyst for a life-altering transformation. Immersed in the heart of the African wilderness, my passion for wildlife conservation and its people deepened. Working on the documentary project allowed me to witness the tireless efforts of those on the front lines, protecting endangered species, communities and preserving the continent's last untouched spaces. The journey became more than just a film; it became a personal quest. As life unfolded, I encountered unexpected twists. An ugly divorce marked the end of one chapter, but, in retrospect, it became the gateway to newfound possibilities. It turned out to be the liberation I needed to rediscover myself and to pursue my true calling. In search of solace and clarity, I found myself in Majete Game Reserve in Malawi, managed by African Parks. Surrounded by the raw beauty of nature and the dedicated efforts of conservationists, I realized where I truly belonged. The desire to contribute more concretely to wildlife protection and community development grew stronger. Inspired by my experiences, I set a clear goal: become a certified multipurpose dog handler. Continue with my journalistic endeavors.The decision to join the forces on the ground, working alongside K9s to protect our last wilderness areas, felt like the most authentic way to contribute to the cause I held dear. As I spent my time with hardworking K9s in the Republic of Congo and in Zambia, I reflect on the journey that brought me here. Gratitude fills my heart for the friends who accompanied me, dried my tears during challenging times, shared laughter around the campfire, and provided unwavering support to chase my dreams. This journey, with all its twists and turns, has shaped me into a protector of our planet's last wild spaces, into a humanitarian, living a life that aligns with my deepest passions. |And the adventure continues, fueled by a sense of purpose, as I eagerly embrace fresh opportunities and projects that align with my passion for for the humanitarian and the wildlife cause. My focus is to not only on sharing all the adventures in text and pictures BUT I am also hoping to inspire you to become that girl, who is chasing her dream. (photos: bog photography, clare james photography, nigel kuhn)

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