Friday, 20 July 2007

No cubs yet! Helen and Nick are leaving WE!

Nobody has seen Karula's cubs since Tyson stole her duiker kill. This morning Nick found the tracks of a single leopard cub not far from our camp. Although WE have no actual information everyone in camp is very positive that they will be seen soon. There is a great deal of leopard activity at Djuma at the moment and it is definitely a dangerous time for Karula and her little family.

Nick and Helen are leaving WildEarth. Nick is immigrating to Canada with Helen for whom it will be going home. They have worked for many many years in the bush and the time has come to go and start a new life in the big city. They will miss the bush and WE will all miss them terribly. WE are having a big farewell party for them on Friday the 27th July at Djuma and their final drive will be on the Saturday afternoon of the 28th July. Maybe when they come back to visit, WE will be able to convince them to do a nostalgic drive ...

They have been an incredible team and have been with us from before the beginning. They were there when WE first began trenching and building masts and helped WildEarth create its personality ... they will always be in our nature. WE will never forget their dedication, commitment and talent. They will always have the honour of the first LIVE Big 5 drive.

WE will enjoy their last week in the bush together.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH NO. We will miss the both of you! You have taught us so much and your humor was endless. Wish you much success in whatever you do.
Much happiness to both of you.

Fabienne said...

I am sure I am speaking for all the Bomites when I say we will miss Nick and Helen terribly. Nicks hyperness, Helens talent for spotting critters and her bubbly personality.. I am sure you will find good people to replace them, but they will have big shoes to fill!
Nick and Helen, all the best of luck in Canada, I bet Bushnut is delighted, and remember we will never forget the drives you guys have taken us on and everything you've given us.

For the rest of WE; keep up the good work!

Auntie Lyn said...

I hate to see Nick and Helen leave, but I understand their moving forward in their lives. I wish them both the best of everything in all they do. As hard as it would be to leave, I'm sure they are looking forward to another adventure around the next corner.

Thank you Helen and Nick for all you have given to WE and to us, your viewers and fans. You will be missed.

tc said...

farewell nick and helen, im sure many will miss you! lmao, i guess nick reads the blog as he mentioned about the baboons taking his hair off. did anyone video tape the hair removal? lol

audrey said...

DEAR HELEN & NICK,
THE TWO OF YOU HAVE GIVING ME AND THE REST OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE WATCH YOU ON THE DRIVE A LOT OF ENJOYMENT, YOU GUYS HAVE SHOW US WHAT AFRICA WILDLIFE IS ALL ABOUT.
IT IS GOING TO BE A VERT SAD DAY THE DAY YOU GUYS LEAVE WE. AND YOU WILL BE MISSED VERY MUCH, NO ONE WILL TAKE YOUR PLACE. NICK YOU ARE THE MOST FUNNYES MAN I HAVE KNOW YOU MAKE THE DRIVE SO ENJOYABLE EVEN WITH YOUR NEW HAID CUT. LOVE YOU GUYS A LOT .
TAKE CARE AND GOD SPEED MY FRIENDS & ENJOY YOUR NEW LIFE.
AUDREY

AUDREY said...

I THINK THAT THE 2 CUBS SHOULD BE CALL NICK & HELEN AFTER THE TWO BEST PEOPLE THERE ARE . THE DRIVE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITH THEM.

Anonymous said...

All my best wishes to Nick and Helen for much success and happiness in whatever they tackle next. They will be missed something fierce. With Nick's combination of knowledge and goofy humor, Helen's eagle eye for spotting wildlife and her gentle laugh, and their obvious love of all the furred and feathered creatures of the bush, the bar has been set very high for their replacements.

And guys....make sure you pack those heavy jackets, hats and mittens. South African winters ain't nuthin'! As someone who lives not too far from the Canadian border.....the winters here are COLD!!!!

Bon voyage!!

RandyWI

Anonymous said...

Do you realize that people all around the world will miss seeing you? You have made friends, influenced lives and imparted knowledge to untold numbers of fans. Very few people have accomplished as much possitive affect on others as the two of you.
You will be greatly missed.
All the best to you in future.
If you ever travel to NE Florida or SE Georgia, we have the fantastic Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, teeming with marvelous critters. Come on down!
Judy
Macclenny, Florida

Anonymous said...

Just now read the News. I have been noticing the little twinkle in your eye this week Nick as you look at Helen. I new 'something' was up..was wondering if it was a 'youngster' (hugs) Maybe it is. And Helen - I have been wondering if you were Canadian since I didn't seen to hear and Accent. LOL - I hope you end up here in Vancouver..no snow to shovel..and lots of Marine mammels to study! I wish you both the best in this next phase of your lives. And thank you for all you have taught us..and the love of Nature you have shared. (Praying I'll get on as many of your 'last drives' as I can!
Love from Vancouver BC - Janni

Anonymous said...

Nick and Helen, thank you so much for your dedication to wildlife. I have enjoyed the drives I have been able to get onto. Your enthusiasm and humour are contagious. And to be the first with a "Big 5 Drive" - awesome! Good luck to both of you. You will be missed! Thank you!

From - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Anonymous said...

i bet you will be back...who could leave beautiful africa? we will miss both of you...nick, you are precious, and don't stop being yourself!!!

Anonymous said...

NICK & HELEN GOOD LUCK IN YOUR NEW LIFE YOU TWO WLL BE MISS A LOT, NICK YOU ARE A FUNNY GUY .AND THE BEST. HELEN NOW YOU WON'T HAVE TO TAKE A BACK SET TO NICK ANY MORE (HA)HA)

Balto4 said...

Boy I am ever going to miss you guys,your great!!! I am from Canada myself and hope one day to move to south africa,funny how things are isn't it? I don't see alot of drives due to work and being unable to get on due to the bandwidth problem,but I wish you the best

MamaKBear said...

Nick and Helen,

I wish the both of you the best of luck and lots of joy, as you move on to a new chapter in your lives together. May it be a beautiful adventure! :)

I will miss seeing and hearing you on the game drives, and I'm sure you will miss Africa and all of us too.

Thank you for all that you've shown and taught all of us out here on the 'net. It's been a wonderfully exciting experience! Though I missed having the pleasure of being along for the ride on the "Big 5" drive, I was lucky enough to be along while watching Karula on a hunt and I got over 100 very cool pictures to remember it by! :)

Thank you again...you will be missed!

Vickie said...

Ohh Helen and Nick, I am going to miss you both something awful. Thank you both for giving us some wonderful drives! I wish you all the luck in the world.

Mytmoss said...

All I can say is I sure hope that Nick is not quitting his day job for a singing career. Other than that I certainly wish Helen and Nick the best of luck in whatever their new endeavors are!

Meaghan from ontario said...

Thank you for what you have brought us, Nick and Helen. Your enthusiasm has been fantastic and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate you showing us these beautiful plants and animals.

Anonymous said...

Nick, I think you are right. When you start tracking gorillas at Djuma, it might be time for a cooler climate!
I wish you both all the best and I am sure that you two will be as succesfull, respected and liked in Canada as you are in South Africa.
Have a very good life!

Anonymous said...

HOPE YOU TWO ALL THE HAPPYNESS IN YOUR LIFE. NICK YOU ARE THE BEST AND VERY FUNNY AND A GREAT GUIDED.THE DRIVES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME OUT YOU. AND HELEN NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO NICK ANY MORE, YOU ARE ALSO THE BEST, WISH WE WOULD SEE MORE OF YOU .BEST TO THE BOTH OF YOU.

Anonymous said...

I hate that Nick and Helen are leaving, but the time comes when you have to move on. I hope they stay in touch with WE and we know where they are and what they're doing.

BTW, I use anonymous simply because it's too much trouble to create an identity.

Anonymous said...

Dear Nick and Helen,
You will be missed!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your great personalities with all of us. Good luck on the next chapter of your lives together!!
God bless you,
Mary S.
A friend from CA

Deb said...

Good luck and thank you for the enjoyment and the enrichment you both have given my life. May God bless you with joy and peace.

tc said...

hey i tried voting yes on the poll about a $5.00 fee for a perfect connection but it wont let me vote.
can one of you put in a yes from me?
tc

Anonymous said...

We will miss you both very much. You have made us laugh and taught us a lot. You will not be forgotten. Much happiness to both of you. Take care.

Nathalie said...

Thank you so much for everything.
I really don't like it that you two going!

Have a lot of fun in Canada, and I hope to see you back some time, here on WE!

Anonymous said...

It is great to read the lovely comments you guys have written about us! Thank you so much for your thoughts and wishes, and we are grateful to have spent the last year as part of Wildearth. It's been a great adventure and it's been great to see the positive and enthusiastic response from all of you. We will miss you all and definately miss the bush. We will be back for lots of visits, so who knows...maybe you'll see us out there from time to time. We're looking forward to our new adventures, in Vancouver. Take care all of you...and keep up your love for the bush and all it's creatures. Without you, none of this is possible. Lots of love, Helen and Nick....there are no little Nick's on the horizon yet, so don't get too excited!!!

tc said...

do you have a list of the radio lingo somewhere? ie: ingwe is leopard and ngala is lion. i know pieter mentioned these on one of his drives but its hard for some to understand the african accent and know how to spell the words. it would be great if you could post a list somewhere or let us viewers know of where to find one.
thanx
tc

ILOVEWE said...

The Bomites have spoken of the poll vote!
Have a read on the following thread to see what *your* faithful cam viewres are saying.
http://www.africam.com/wildlife/wildearths_djuma_cam_discussion_saturday_july_21st

Gayle said...

Nick and Helen,

Thank you for providing us with great experiences and insights on the African bush. And thanks for your good humor!

Here's wishing you good luck and much happiness in Vancouver! It too is a beautiful place.

tc said...

jan has spotted his missing screwdriver! one of the baboon cam techs has it, if he's going to chase the bab down can someone please man the cam so we can watch! lol
would it be possible to hang up a swing for the babs? itd be fun watching them on it. :)

tc

dwazdip said...

Awwww! I was really looking forward to the news of more little Nickys running around! Best wishes for your move to Vancouver, you two. We'll miss you much.

calistaharrison said...

Dear Nick and Helen,

Thank you so much for the entertaining and educational drives. You were both a great joy and will be greatly missed.

Good luck to you both with your new life in Vancouver.

Faye said...

Nick and Helen, best wishes on our new life. WE have big shoes to fill for sure.Your fans will miss you so much.Please visit the East Coast someday....and just a suggestion, not in Jan, Feb., or March unless you ski or , want a white Christmas :) A Nick and Helen website would be great for your fans! Oh, and slow down just a little....just in case those Mounties are around. :)

Sharon Goodman said...

Nick and Helen,
I'm just back from a 3 week vacation (without the internet!)and have been catching up on WE. I have just ready you were leaving Africa for Canada. God speed you on your new adventures and hope that you will stop by the forums and give us an update on your new endeavors in Canada... let us know how you are doing and when there will be "little Nick and Helens" running around!

We'll miss you terribly, but look forward to our continued relationship with WE and getting to know your replacements on the game drive.

Lots of luck,
Sharon Goodman
snghere

Anonymous said...

I'm trying this again, my first post didn't go through...
Nick and Helen, both of you have brought so much to the bush experience..It will be so hard to replace you..
I wish you the very best with your new life in Canada, and I hope WE will keep us updated on how the both of you are doing.
You have my blessings,and I am one fan of the both of you that will miss you BOTH to pieces!
{{{{HUGS and LOVE}}}}

Bev (WildCall on the "board")

Anonymous said...

A Poem For Nick & Helen

You brought us fun and laughter,
You brought us lots of facts,
And here forever after,
Your leave your lasting tracks.

It's sad that you are leaving.
We will miss you when you go,
But always be believing
You have helped us all to grow.

We wish you happiness and love.
We know you'll be okay
Because we know one thing above
We will meet again someday.

Shar, Ft. Worth, Texas

Boo in AZ said...

Nick and Helen, you will be missed terribly. I am always so happy when I see that it's Nick behind the wheel, with Helen's ability to spot the game from afar and your giggles. When the animals are scarce, I know Nick will sing us a song. I'll never forget the Big 5 drive, and will forever be grateful for your dedication to the viewers to find the game. I wish you well as you start your new adventure in Canada - but selfishly wish you were staying right where your are. Raising a glass to much love, success and happiness to you both.

Anonymous said...

I wish you both the very best. I looked forwards to the drives and was never disappointed. Canada is beautiful and I know you will love it here. Come visit Montreal Quebec if you come east.

Bigbadbrenda
Montreal Que.

audrey said...

since there is only one cub let call it helnick!!! Ha ha

Anonymous said...

even though I didnt get many rides with you. I enjoyed what I was able to see. I was along for your BIG 5 sightnigs and I could tell you was a go getter. I wish the 2 of you best of luck in your future and if your ever back in SA again hope to see you on a ride. You 2 have set the bar very high with all you have accomplished in your days at WE. You both will be missed alot all with excellent memories! blueeyedlibra

Vickie said...

Sniffle Sniffle... I already miss Nick and Helen :(

Anonymous said...

Just back online this week in time to go on these last two drives with Nic at the wheel and Helen at the lens. I'm so sad that you are leaving and will miss the exciting, informative rides you have brought us as well as the chuckles and giggles. Humor is such a big part of the fun of the rides, as well as your enthusiasm and love of the bush and critters. Best wishes to you and here's hoping you'll keep in touch in some way perhaps on one of the forums (there are Wild Earth forums and My Africa Forums as well as the BOMA so there are many ways to keep in touch). Safe journey and we'll all look at the moon and think of you. Affectionately, Smalldog.

Deb in KY. said...

Thank you so much for today, the last day of your journey with us. I have been asked to post this for Nick and Helen, please enjoy. God bless.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9wtHWw4wY

PS... I hope you can copy and paste it.

M. said...

You guys will be terribly missed!


..Till we meet again!

Anonymous said...

I was watching the last game drive with Nick and Helen and I really have to say I'm going to miss them both. Nick always made me feel that any minute we were going to see something wonder and exciting around the next corner on the drive and Helen always showed it to us through the view of the camera. She always made sure that we could see the wildlife just perfect, almost like we were viewing it through her eyes.Canada's gain will be our loss and I hope they know how lucky they are. We will miss you both greatly and hope that you both have a wonderful and exciting new beginning in Canada.

Yvette Vaughn in
North Carolina

Deb in KY said...

A farewell tribute to you. I hope you can see this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9wtHWw4wY

May God bless and keep you both safe and happy.

Peace.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Nick and Helen I will miss your singing Nick and you excellent cam shots Helen. Good luck for the future. Maybe you will get the time to talk to us all on the WEblog and Africam.

Regards
Shelbelle

carol said...

Helen and Nick good bye and good luck you will be missed, I know you are looking forward to a new adventure. May your every dream come true