Saturday, January 2, 2010

the first blog

In five days I'm heading back to Harnas Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia, Africa. I've been three times before--once as a volunteer and twice doing interviews and research for my book that's coming out next September with National Geographic: The Soul of a Lion. The book tells the story of the founder of the sanctuary, Marieta van der Merwe (pronounced ma-REET-a van der mare-v) and the evolution of this place that now takes care of around 400 orphaned, injured, and abandoned wild animals.

It's a magical place and I can't wait to get back to the people and the animals. The picture on my profile is me with one of my favorite cheetahs, Pride. I'll include another picture here of me and some of the baby baboons. What crazy creatures they are! They're so like humans--but twice as strong and three times a mischievous. But when they cuddle up to you and sleep--ah, what bliss. Their little heads are the size of baseballs when they're born, and hands have long fingers with black nails. They love to kiss and be kissed. And they cling to you like a second skin.

Time to get packing for this trip. If you want more info on Harnas before my next blog, you can go to the website:

Till then! --Barb


  1. This is such an exciting adventure you are continuing. I can't wait to read about it!

  2. This is a super start, Barbara. I will share your site with other neighbors whom you may not know. Thanks for all the details about the baboons & all other animals.

  3. Barb, I am late getting to this but I waited to visit until I had the time to savor every moment. I laugh when I think how nervous you were, wondering how to "blog," and here you are, so conversational, so perfectly Barb. I am proud to know you.