Wan­der­ing Wal­laby tack­les mean­ing of life

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

DAVID Po­cock has con­tin­ued his six­month sab­bat­i­cal from rugby union, work­ing with var­i­ous con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions in Africa.

The Wal­la­bies star last week vis­ited Mana Pools Na­tional Park in Zim­babwe with WildArk, stand­ing me­tres away from wild ele­phants as he helped raise aware­ness for their plight.

“There is some­thing that re­ally con­nects at a deeper level with who we are as peo­ple and how we have evolved in our en­vi­ron­ment,” the 29-year-old said.

“It takes you back to some­where that you don’t get to go in the world of email and so­cial me­dia and busi­ness. It is a real re­minder of what life should be about.”

The lower Zam­bezi val­ley has lost more than 40 per cent of its ele­phant pop­u­la­tion to poach­ing in the past 20 years, with num­bers now about 10,000.

Po­cock has been trav­el­ling with wife Emma (pic­tured) and the pair have spent the past few months in South Africa, Botswana and Zim­babwe.

The foot­baller was born in Zim­babwe and moved to Aus­tralia with his par­ents and sib­lings in 2002 when he was 14 due e to on­go­ing unrest in the coun­try.

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