Thursday, 21 August 2008

Jason Seale "Snakeman", on our country trip, are getting to meet some extraordinary people, doing extraordinary things, Jason Seale from “HartbeesPoort Dam, Snake and Animal Park” is definitely one such individual.

The Park has been in his family for 40 years and is world renowned, for breeding threatened and endangered species, among them the black footed cat (now known as the small spotted cat), the Cape vulture and the African Hunting dog.

One of Jason’s many responsibilities is the overseeing of the Snake Courses run at the facility. All courses are FGASA approved, held throughout the year and cater for beginners to the advanced.

Unlike Patrick Kaye “Horseman,” the horse talker we recently featured, Jason has no air of mysticism about him. He simply comes across as someone who is committed to conservation and whose goal it is to convey how essential a roll, snakes play in our ecosystem.

I made a comparison with what he does to that of Michael Rutzen, aka "Sharkman", (Swims with Great Whites) which at first, he found somewhat amusing. He explained that although snakes and sharks are worlds apart, the principle is essentially the same. It’s about understanding the species behavior patterns and knowing where the boundaries are, implying that it’s more scientific rather than mystic. He did however make it clear that Snakes are his passion and that he is more than happy to leave sharks to the "Sharkman", where there is absolutely no room for error.

If ever you are in the Hartbeespoort Dam area, visit the park and see for yourself, the good work that Jason and his team does.

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