Stories of old ladies with a house full of cats and conservationists working against the odds to save species on the brink of extinction have a great thread binding them together; a passion for animals.
These people are a bulwark against an unblinking exploitation of our relationship with the natural world.
Volunteers at the pet rescue centre in Somerset where we found our current dog, Boots, spend days a week working for free to ensure as many dogs as possible are re-homed.
The Dogs Trust and PDSA work on shoe-string budgets to give veterinary care to pets whose owners cannot afford average vet bills.
It’s good to know that there are such dedicated, compassionate folk about.
That’s why Mendip Media has supported Ape Action Africa for the past seven years.
Ape Action Africa is based in Cameroon and exists to conserve a primate population under threat by protecting orphaned monkeys, gorillas and chimps in a forest compound outside Yaoundé. The work is outstanding, the budget tiny and the fierce dedication of the director, Rachel Hogan, keepers, volunteers and trustees truly admirable.
Nicky is running the Loch Ness 10km as part of the Loch Ness Marathon at the end of September on behalf of Ape Action Africa. Catch up with her training diary on her Just Giving Page.