The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, I grew up in a family that had three wonderful dogs, that formed the foundation of my love for animals. My twin sister and I always dreamed of working with animals one day.
Ironically, my first job was in the music industry. During this time, I got a Shih Tzu puppy, who stole my heart and deepened my desire to work with animals. This catapulted me onto a new career path that would see me grooming dogs for the next 18 years. Needless to say, I LOVED it!
In 2013, I joined my husband in Liberia for a work contract. It was during this time, that I was first exposed to the enormity of the bushmeat trade. It shocked me to my core and birthed a new passion in my heart to speak for the innocent animals who could not speak for themselves. Fate intervened, and my life path intersected with an orphan chimp named Missy. Missy’s story is the epitome of what so many wild animals suffer at the hands of hunters, butchers, illegal traders, and sadly, ignorant members of the public across the globe.
It has been said that there are some things you cannot un-see. This was true of my experience in Liberia, and of the life and death struggle that I faced with Missy. Her story, and that of so many less-fortunate than Missy had to be told, and I felt compelled to be their voice.
Armed with a deep belief that human beings can turn the devastating tide of looming extinction, and a love of the English language, poetry, and creative writing, I embarked on a literary account of my adventures with Missy. It was an emotional, yet rewarding fulfilment of something that featured high-up on my bucket list.
Since rescuing Missy, I spend most of my free time spreading the word to educate and fulfil my dream - that someday soon the bushmeat trade will end. I live with my husband in a nature reserve where we run a lodge, Foxy Crocodile Bush Retreat on the banks of the Crocodile river adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.
Thank you for visiting my page. Missy and I would be honoured if you’d share our story. It is my hope that you’ll accept our invitation to participate in the conservation efforts of those who selflessly continue to rescue and rehabilitate animals in distress. Even if you cannot contribute financially, you can join me and be their voice. Every single word counts.
Gail Gillespie Fox ~