I am very fortunate in my life to have the opportunity to work with some amazing animals. Most of my experience has been working with tigers, and lions at Six Flags in Vallejo, CA, the Oregon Tiger Sanctuary, and Wildlife Companions in Rio Vista, CA. My work with the big cats eventually led me to conservation and eco-tourism in Ethiopia.
Visiting Murchison Falls National Park was a spectacular experience. I saw beautiful elephants living together in family groups. Their tusks are gargantuan. How can poachers/criminals be so heartless, slaughtering these animals in cold-blood and cutting of their tusks? It's beyond my comprehension. This experience inspires me to do all I can to protect elephants. The demand for ivory must be stopped.
One of my favorite places in this country is the Duho Hot Springs, located next to Awash National Park. This area is approximately 200 km east of the capital, Addis Ababa. I visited here last week and had an incredible time. Duho is home to a vast array of wildlife, including lions, crocodiles, and hippos.