When I finally landed in South Africa (after two days and three flights), I now had physical exhaustion to add to an already-wearied mind. Prior to the trip, an unexpected setback left me teetering. The optimistic joviality that had sustained me all summer was waning. And I found myself anxiously awaiting a second wind.
Yes, it's sad that we lost Peggy and Hershey, but their survivals were success stories. Peggy was given the chance to increase the genetic diversity of her species through the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Hershey was able to spend her final years running free as a wild cheetah thanks to CCF's rewilding program.