By Simon Parker
UK Newsquest Regional Press
January 19, 2001
Ilkley, Otley - An Ilkley girl is to take on the heavyweight
challenge of monitoring the breeding of rhinoceroses on the other
side of the world.
Katja Armstrong, of Westwood Rise, is setting her sights on a
youth trip to South Africa.
The 16-year-old will study a rhinoceros breeding programme, help
staff at the Kruger National Park and have the opportunity to undertake
a game keeper's exam as part of her stay.
Katja is undertaking the adventure with the Yorkshire Schools
Exploring Society, an educational charity which ships young people
to remote climes to give them an insight into different cultures.
Katja said: "I have never been out of Europe so it is quite exciting
to go somewhere different and to give something back to other people.
The conservation work we are doing is helping. They have volunteers
all year round."
Katja, a pupil at Skipton Girls' High School, will also hike in
the remote Drakemberg mountains and visit Zulu battlefields as part
of the five-week stay, in July.
As part of the challenge the teenager is trying to raise the GBP
2,375 necessary to fund the trip, and is looking for willing sponsors.
She said: "It is not a holiday. We are going out there to help
If any individuals or companies wish to sponsor intrepid Katja
they should telephone (01943) 816813.