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This Guy From Switzerland Left A Prestigious Job, Sold All His Things And Moved To Africa To Rescue Mutilated Animals

By now we have read many stories about people who decide to give up everything – their comfort, luxurious flat, a well-paid office job and other perks of having a comfortable life – in order to escape the ordinary, travel around the world and live a ‘real’ life.

Let’s admit that we envy those people for their courage, we think that they are lucky because they had the right circumstances or simply had enough money to do that. Who would argue against endless holidays, the feeling of adventure, new experiences and traveling the whole world?

26-year-old Swiss man Dean Schneider proves that you don’t need the right circumstances or a lot of money to live your dream. The only thing that you need is courage.

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Image credits: Dean Schneider

More than a year ago, he had enough courage to give up his job as a financial planner in Switzerland, sell everything he had at that moment, travel to South Africa and set up the Hakuna Mipaka club in a 300 ha estate to cater for lions born in captivity.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

There is also a separate area for other wild animals like zebras, kudu, impalas, hyenas or even baboons who all live in freedom.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

The name of the club – ‘Hakuna Mipaka’ – is a Swahili expression meaning ‘no limits’.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Dean Schneider dedicates his life protecting wildlife and bringing animals into people’s hearts because he says “we only protect what we love”. He believes that we should respect them, their nature and their behaviors.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Since he was a child, he was always fascinated by the animal world, therefore, animal documentaries and various animal
protection organizations have always been a big part of his life.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

He learned to understand wild animals and always tries to build a special bond with each of them.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Schneider practically educates people by showing the beauty of the wildlife and its wonderful creatures on his Instagram.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

We can even call him a social media star since he has 567k followers on Instagram who like or positively comment on his adventures in South Africa.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Image credits: Dean Schneider

“My mission is to reach as many people as possible and educate them about the wildlife and the beauty of the animal kingdom. I believe in the power of knowledge, passion and visual stories in order to change peoples’ perceptions and save the wildlife.” – explains Schneider, in his mission on Hakuna Mipaka’s website.

Image credits: Dean Schneider

Isn’t that a wonderful way to live your life?


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