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S1 E1: Voluntourism and The Canned Hunting Trade with Steph Noble

ex-breeding cat at lionsrock, bethlehem

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Steph Noble - Lionsrock Volunteer

In today’s episode I talk to Steph Noble, a regular volunteer in various parts of the world and a lover of big cats. Since discovering her passion for wildlife conservation, Steph has sought out opportunities to further her knowledge and experience in the field, as well as use the opportunity to see more of the world.

This episode was recorded during a press trip to Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary and Lodge  where I met Steph as she was currently volunteering there. We discuss all things volunteering abroad, as well an important discussion regarding the issue of breeding farms and canned hunting which is currently happening in South Africa.

To find out more about this topic –  Playing with Lion cubs in South Africa : Is a like worth more than their life?

Mentioned locations and charities:

Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary 

Four Paws International

Listen here or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The Wildlife Tourist is also available on a wide range of other podcast players.

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The Wildlife Tourist is a bi-monthly podcast for animal lovers. Each episode aims to discover a new place in the world where wildlife is a big tourism factor. The Wildlife Tourist podcast explores and promotes responsible and sustainable tourism with an aim to life the lid and raise awareness on unethical wildlife tourism practices.


  • Victoria
    November 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Hey Sam, I just wanted to say I really liked your first episode and the idea of your whole podcast. I too love animals and because of that I always want to see them whenever I travel, but I’d be devasted if I accidentally supported something that was unethical. Like you said a lot of the time it comes down to not knowing as opposed to not caring, and I think it’s great you’re trying to highlight the issues and what we should be looking out for through your blog – can’t wait to learn more. Vic x

    • Sam
      November 12, 2018 at 4:36 am

      Hi Victoria,

      Thank you so much for this, I really appreciate it! It is a topic which means a lot to me, so I am happy you found it enjoyable.
      Thanks again,


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