The twitch of delicate, new wings emerging from a chrysalis. The turn of a feathered head and the glint of an eye. The intense focus of a meerkat. The implacable stare of a bearded dragon …
These are some of the scenes you’ll encounter at the Butterfly World Animal Sanctuary, near Stellenbosch in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It’s hard to take a bad photograph here – partly because you are able to get so close to the animals, all of which, apart from the butterflies, have been donated by their owners or conservation authorities.
This special and caring place is a sanctuary for animals that were unwanted pets or can’t return to the wild for some reason.
These photos were taken by Flow’s CEO, Tara Turkington.
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