The Comrades Marathon for 2020 might have been cancelled, but field guide Grant Murphy of Kings Camp has decided to put his training to good use by running an ultramarathon through the Timbavati in order to raise funds for two conservation causes he believes in.
Murphy, an assistant manager at Kings Camp, would have been running his 15th Comrades, and when it was cancelled the idea was born for “Miles for Mammals.” He will run 90.2 km on 14 June, the day the Comrades was meant to take place, through the game park. He hopes to raise R100,000 for two conservation causes close to his heart, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve’s K9 Conservation Unit, and Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre.
There are at present 5 “canine rangers” at the Timbavati.
Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre, based in the Limpopo province, is a non-profit rehabilitation centre for native South African wildlife. They are driven by a single goal, to do their part in making the world a better place for all South African wildlife that needs help. They live by a quote by John Feldmann – ‘’I believe animals should be respected as citizens of this earth. They should have the right to their own freedom, their own families, and their own life’’.