Stephanie the white knight of lion protection

Conservation takes pride of place: Stephanie Haynes is heading to South Africa to the Global White Lion Protection Trust in September. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d438294
Stephanie the white knight of lion protection
Conservation takes pride of place: Stephanie Haynes is heading to South Africa to the Global White Lion Protection Trust in September. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d438294

WHEN she boards the 11-hour flight to the Global White Lion Protection Trust in South Africa this September, Stephanie Haynes (23) says it will be impossible to sleep.

“It is a long way and I try to sleep, but I am too excited,” the Rotary of Crawley 2013 diversity scholarship winner said.

Her father John Haynes said their family and friends were fundraising to save the white lions ahead of Miss Haynes’ third trip to Africa since 2013.

“Stephanie is interested in the conservation of all animals left in the world and she is especially worried about canned lion hunting where they grow animals to be shot,” Mr Haynes said.

Miss Haynes said she had loved animals from a very young age.

“They said I wouldn’t talk and I wouldn’t walk because I have an (intellectual) disability,” she said.

“But when I was young, I would stand up and only watch animal shows like David Attenborough and ABC.”