Khumbulani started working for Free to be Wild, 5 years ago when Baye had had Umfazi for about 6 months. In the 6 months that Baye had had Umfazi, he was the only other person that she ever went to. While Baye was at work, Khumbulani would come a few hours a day to look after Umfazi in the bottom of the garden while she played in the trees doing baboon things.
From there the idea of starting Free to be Wild began and Khumbu helped Baye build it from scratch. It was the two of them that designed and built almost everything that is the sanctuary today! He is now the top handler and sanctuary manager in charge of wildlife welfare, enclosures maintenance, orphan care, rehabilitation, game capture, feeding and enrichment, to name but a few.
Khumbu has two daughters and a wife who spend a lot of time at the sanctuary all have such an affiliation with wildlife and the most kind and caring hearts. Baye knew Khumbu was her Free to be Wild soulmate when she once had to leave Umfazi with him for a few nights whilst she went away and when she came back his wife was not talking to him because he had made her sleep on the floor while Umfazi slept in the bed with him!
To work with someone who has such compassion towards wildlife is a privilege and the sanctuary would not be what it is today with out this great man.