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At 27 years old, I came to the realisation that my love of animals could be played out in my working life and I began working to protect the rare and endangered animals of the world at the Fauna and Flora Preservation Society in London. I remember the day I held a baby pipistrelle bat in the palm of my hand, and shook the hand of Sir David Attenborough, while I served this great organisation - who still live on today under the name of Fauna and Flora International. When they moved to Cambridge I completed my four years study to be a Naturopathic Nutritionist, however after returning to NZ with my two daughters, I found myself a few years later uttering these words to an oncologist “Don’t be silly! Of course I haven’t got cancer, I’m a naturopathic nutritionist! I couldn’t have lived a healthier life!” So here I was, the girl who had lived life on full speed, being forced to stop, and smell those flowers. As part of my recovery after the initial operation and subsequent radiotherapy Mike and I bought an amazing but run-down property in the beautiful valley of Makarau. It didn’t take us long to fill it with animals, following the footsteps of our cat who had adopted us two summers earlier. When five years later I faced hospitalisation again with a broken lower jaw, from disintegration due to radiation treatment I announced I needed a project.