Meerkat Motivation for the Marketplace

A unique synergy has happened between 3 passionate people who have walked their own individual paths - Grant McIlrath (research conservationist and specialist with meerkat habituation), Estienne de Beer (national and international motivational speaker) and Mandy Young (psychotherapist and ecotherapist). At a recent landmark meeting their pooled resources melted into an experience they are offering to corporate businesses and organizations, called:

Grant M Mc Ilrath is an experienced, active research biologist and conservationist, who is the world’s foremost expert on wild meerkat behaviour. Through his intensive research and relentless dedication, Grant now offers you the opportunity to benefit from his unique approach to wildlife conservation. To walk with meerkats. To learn the language of meerkats, discovered by Grant for the first time, based on the foundation of 34 calls. To experience the 51 different behavioral patterns identified by Grant. And to learn the exciting wildlife habituation techniques, perfected by Grant which allows him to walk and interact freely with wild animals.

Like a modern-day St Francis of Assisi, Grant interacts effortlessly with the meerkats, using a completely unobtrusive, yet entirely sustainable nature conservation process. He has spent more time working with wild meerkats than anyone else in the world, and his expertise has culminated in numerous scientific publications, as well as documentary films with such prestigeous groups as National Geographic, the BBC and the Discovery Channel. All of this knowlegde, all of his years of experience, can now be witnessed first-hand in Oudsthoorn, where Grant has habituated a group of wild meerkats to the benefit of science, conservation and you.

Mandy Young is the author of the divorce adjustment program called Hurt to Hope. Over the past nine years she has researched African Wild Dogs in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and also the mothering behaviour of orphaned elephants. The culmination of her work has been the subject of several magazine articles and newspaper editorials, local and national conference presentations, and has recently been included in a baby book called Ecotherapy, the Wisdom of Elephants and Continuum Concepts. Her program has also been featured in a documentary series on animals and healing.

Ancient wisdom has taught us the value of observing nature, of reflecting on animal behaviour and to look inside ourselves for life’s answers. Early man had a strong connection with the animals surrounding him. He looked, listened and learned. He believed in animal totems, reflecting who he is and what he could achieve. This wisdom, these animal totems are now ready to be shared. Through several acclaimed programs, Mandy Young, a psychotherapist with 26 years of experience, now offers you the chance of a lifetime, she believes:

“…animals show us that which is bedrock or cement in us: aggression, fear, insecurity, happiness or opportunity. Because they have the ability to read our involuntary tics and scents, we are transparent to them, and thus exposed – we are finally ourselves.”

Mandy learnt from wild dogs the need to nurture kinship bonds, very important in a society where families and communities are so divided. Elephants helped her understand more about mothering and how to become wise, connected with ancient wisdom and how to overcome difficult life challenges and obstructions. "Meerkats", she says, "have a unique way of teaching us about how to get along with one another, how to be a team".

Ultimately her ecotherapy experiences offer you an opportunity to discover yourself, where you belong and how you can influence and relate to others in a healthy, happy and dymanic way on your own selected 'patch of earth'.

Estienne draws our attention to the following quote:

A blind man's world is bounded by the limits of his touch;
an ignorant man's world by the limits of his knowledge;
a great man's world by the limits of his vision." Anonymous