Donald Strydom Snake Obituary – Death: Donald Strydom has sadly passed away unexpectedly. A social media user Mike Symons, shared the death news of Donald Strydom’s death through a Facebook post saying, “I woke up today to find out the world has lost a great man and that I had lost an amazing friend, Donald Strydom. I’ve known Donald for the last 5 years when I started to organize my internship placement with him at his facility, the Kinyonga Reptile Centre, in South Africa.
It was one of the oldest and most well-known centre’s in Africa as it had been running since 1984. I remember while I was there we went hiking in the mountains, swimming in the Indian Ocean, herping in the Limpopo Province as well as on the coast, and that I got to be a part of his lectures educating people about proper snakebite first aid and how to handle the animals so it was safe for both parties.
Donald had a huge heart when it came to wildlife so when it came to rescues or herping, naturally, the passion for reptiles and nature made a difference in everyone’s lives. Nothing was too extreme when it involved rescuing an animal that people were normally afraid of like snakes or spiders.
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He would educate, rescue, and rehabilitate. I recall being on a snake call where a Mozambique Spitting Cobra had gotten entangled inside a laundry machine and, with permission from the owner, we took the machine apart in order to save the little guy. He had been cut up pretty good since he got caught in a fan inside the machine but with some rehabilitation we were able to release him back into the wild.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any photos of us working together but for all the photos below he was right there beside me or often times in front of me as he was a photographer as well. These are some of my best memories from Africa while I was with him. My condolences to Lilla and his loved ones. Donald, you changed the lives of every person and animal you met, including mine and for that, I will be forever grateful. Rest in peace, my friend.”