I felt privileged to work as a volunteer at Askari, that I could share in the vision of a wilderness reserve managed for habitat and wildlife conservation as the first and only priority. And have such fun doing it! We slept under stars one night and watched the sunrise with lions roaring in the distance. We watched hyaenas play and elephants wander up close. We rescued trees strangled by wire and murdered more prickly pear than I can remember. Thanks so much to the Askari staff Katie & Ed, and Pidwa staff Andrew and Elricht for their incredible knowledge, good company and honesty about the management dilemmas facing wilderness reserve s and national parks under pressure on a crowded planet. It was a great experience.