STUDENTS at Barnsley College's Wigfield Farm site swapped farm yard animals for African wildlife.

Twenty animal care students and two members of staff visited South Africa with the aim of getting an insight into wildlife rehabilitation, endangered species welfare and the promotion of eco-tourism.

The students spent a day in Johannesburg before visiting Pretoria Zoo.

They then made the journey to Mozambique where they spent several days observing and studying wildlife in various settings.

Guides and guest speakers explained the people and culture of South Africa giving the students all the information they needed to understand the necessity of responsible tourism.

First year level three student Emily Jarvis, said: "It was the experience of a lifetime. I came home with so much more knowledge about our planet, and the respect I have for wildlife and those who conserve it has become much stronger.

"It's opened my eyes and inspired me to join in the fight."

Wigfield Farm manager Wendy Wann, added: "This has been a great opportunity for the students to test their life skills abroad and try something really different.

"It will give them an insight into the different roles available in animal care from the picturesque setting of the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre to seeing animals in their natural habitat in the Kruger National Park."