Amelia Mason, founder and director of SkyWatch Bird Rescue, is a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator. As a child she grew up in South Africa and spent much of her time in the Kruger National Park, the largest wild game preservation in the world, where her mother managed the park’s private airport.
Growing up in Africa, she was always surrounded by wild animals. Friends and family were game rangers, wild game vets, trackers and other wildlife experts. Living in Africa on the game preserve and being involved with animals all the time, she gained experience from a very early age. School vacations were spent at the Pretoria Zoo, taking zoological classes and helping zoo caretakers tend to the animals and exhibits. After high school she spent one year working in the Golden Gate National Park in the mountains of South Africa
Amelia came to the United States at age 19 and traveled across the US, living in places like Kauaii, Arizona, New York, Connecticut, and Oregon. She speaks 4 languages so she then started a career as an International flight attendant for American Airlines, first based out of Chicago and later on Miami International. After 7 years with the airlines her and husband decided to make a change from Miami with their new born child and take a job promotion to Charlotte NC.