The story so far
And our wonderful dream
Almost fifteen years ago Gill and I sold our five acre property in Alice Springs and set off on a huge adventure. We travelled in a wagon built by Gill from recycled junk and pulled by eight of our rescued camels. On the journey with us were over fifty previously abused or neglected animals. Parrots, dogs, goats, a donkey, doves and our rooster "The Colonel" and his nine hens.
We planned to travel east, a journey of over 2,000 kilometres before purchasing a suitable property to open our animal /eco tourism sanctuary. Gill and I had outgrown our 5 acres and wanting to move closer to the coast ,almost 3,000 kms away, yet unable to find anyone to run our sanctuary while we took time out to drive over and look at suitable properties ..we had to come up with a creative way of getting to the coast WITH all our animals, and we were open to an adventure on the way!
How surprised we were when we got held up at the Menindee Lakes at a run down & vandalised property. Our goal had always been to move closer to friends and family, yet every time we tried to leave something went wrong. We ended up staying for twelve years at that location. We were active wildlife careers and helped many other animals that had been abused in that time. It was a beautiful place and we thought our sanctuary would only prosper and grow. Visitors loved it and it was a great place for kids to experience animals first hand. We had many lovely years living there, caring full time for all sorts of animals until it became clear it was time for us to move. You can read the story of what unfolded here on the Save the Menindee Lakes Animal Sanctuary Facebook page.