Captured in Africa was founded by Drew Abrahamson out of a pure love and passion for the African bush and a particular love for big cats.
With her family’s involvement in wildlife rehabilitation and rescue, Drew grew up around rangers and wildlife veterinarians and had many a close encounter with wild animals. Out of these experiences, she has cultivated a deep love, understanding and mutual respect for Africa’s wild places & her animals.
Following this background, Drew began taking a more active role In conservation and has gone on to apply that lifelong passion into effort on the ground. Drew has been involved in the rescue of numerous lions which were at risk – subsequently facilitating the rescue and rehoming of these cats – many of whom can be visited at the various sanctuaries Drew works closely with.
Drew is also involved with various initiatives and organisations, being part of the team at Walking For Lions and helping organise the successful Global March For Lions events. Drew has organised other successful events, including for friends & former employers Dereck & Beverly Joubert, fundraising events for Sanwild Wildlife Sanctuary and even a book launch for Gareth Patterson’s ‘My Lions Heart’.
Drew believes that the lens has the power to change people’s perceptions by revealing a depth of detail and bringing one closer to their subjects as only a camera can.
In Captured in Africa, Drew shares her passion and fulfils her purpose of creating a greater awareness of the need to protect and preserve Africa’s wildlife, especially the plight of Africa’s big cats.
2016 has seen Drew establish the Captured In Africa Foundation, which was officially announced to the world with a spectacular launch evening in Johannesburg on 31 March 2016.
“Animals let you into their world and offer a trust that should never be taken for granted.”
Fun fact about Drew: Drew was once a hairdresser, before starting on the road in conservation and travel with Captured In Africa. Following her involvement and rescues of various lions, Drew is affectionately known as ‘the lion lady’.