JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, January 24, 2012 /Stanford Who’s Who/ — Stanford Who’s Who is proud to announce the acceptance of Jinnie Villani to the distinguished ranks of leading professionals as a result of her exceptional entrepreneurial effort in the travel and tourism industry over a number of years. As owner/manager of Hands-On Holidays and Africatime Travel, as well as throughout her brilliant professional career, Jinnie has routinely demonstrated the vision, dedication and diligence necessary to be successful in the business world.
For more than 8 years, Hands-on Holidays and Africatime Travel has been providing its clients with the opportunity to experience the picturesque country of South Africa through quality volunteer programs and tours that introduce them to wildlife projects in some of the safest areas of the country. Hands-on Holidays is a family owned and operated business which provides a personable volunteer experience from day one. Jinnie freely shares her extensive knowledge and insights of the South African bush and local folklore with her clients who often depart as friends.
Jinnie is incredibly passionate about the preservation of wildlife, which is apparent through her dedicated support of several volunteer projects that are involved with research into the preservation of endangered wildlife. Prime examples include: The Lion and Cheetah Project that work with the University of Pretoria’s veterinary faculty, known as Onderstepoort, in researching the genome that distinguishes the white lion (Panthero Leo) gene. The goal of this research is to stop unethical breeding practices (white lion to white lion) which diminish the blood-line of the white lion and create a lesser breed prone to disease and mal-formations.
Another volunteer project is the Dolphin and Whale Project, in which the extremely endangered Seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) is being bred. The project monitors the only successful breeding colony in Southern Africa of the rare Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini). Jinnie is similarly involved with the rehabilitation of endangered and abused animals.
During her collegiate career, Jinnie studied Bio-Chemistry and completed various tourism and travel courses. She is a member of SA (South African) Tourism and North West Parks and Tourism.