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Fixing Africa’s drug supply chain

Wednesday, 31st July, 2019


Just a quick note highlighting the work of one of this year’s Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship, mPharma, founded by Ghanaian Gregory Rockson. Having swapped a budding career as a doctor for the business side of healthcare, Rockson co-founded mPharma in the last year of his undergraduate course, his own experiences of thoracic scoliosis persuading…

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African Twilight and the fight against cultural extinction

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019

African Twilight Book

I’ve always believed in the multiplying goodness of serendipity. Stay open to possibility – believe, be brave, expect the unexpected – and good things happen, as it did when the Omo Valley’s Lale Biwa visited the UK for the first time. Kara elder and part owner and chief guide of on-the-ground operator Wild Expeditions, Lale…

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Sera and Melako: the NRT and the community conservancy as excellent conservation model

Friday, 14th June, 2019

Sera Landscape

Whenever I’m asked for evidence as to the success of mixed land-use and community-based conservation strategies, I immediately think of a night a couple of years ago, camped out on a dry riverbed in Sera and Melako, in Kenya’s North Eastern Province. With just a mosquito net for cover, I was woken as a herd…

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Ntakata Tanzania: introducing the Tongwe Trust and the Tongwe of Ntakata Forest

Monday, 11th March, 2019

Roland Purcell, sitting with Tongwe staff

Of the current four at-risk ecosystems supported by Wild Philanthropy, the relatively inaccessible Ntakata Forest is perhaps the least known. The Financial Times’s Sophy Roberts once and memorably called a trip to Ntakata the anti-safari, so far is it off the beaten track, metaphorically and physically. Part of the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, Ntakata has long…

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China’s partial lifting of its 25 year-old ban on rhino horn and tiger parts spells disaster for wild tiger and rhino

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Rhino 911 / Mankwe-Wildlife-Reserve-South-Africa

Earlier this week, China partially lifted the 1993 ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts.* The original CITES Notification on Banning the Trade in Tiger Bone and Rhino Horn forbids ‘the import and export of rhino horn, tiger bone and their products’, bans related domestic economic activity, and requires that any government…

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Congo Brazzaville: Odzala, Magda Bermejo and the western lowland gorilla

Friday, 28th September, 2018


It’s often the case that travellers go to Africa for the wildlife and return for the people. Travelling to Odzala-Kakoua National Park in the Republic of the Congo (also known as Congo Brazzaville) is a great example of this, a destination which draws people in with gorilla tracking, and yet results in on-the-ground meetings and…

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Time + Tide: the makings of a family-focused conservation journey

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018


I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Elizabeth Sadowski, Director of the Time + Tide Foundation to discuss our latest Conservation Journey ideas. It was wonderful to be reminded of how Time + Tide has evolved. Once founder Norman Carr’s vision of conservation through tourism using rustic bush camps, it is now a…

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Holding back the years: the Financial Times goes to the Omo

Saturday, 7th July, 2018


I’m always fascinated by the effect a visit to the Omo has on the traveller, and never more than by David Pilling’s piece Holding back the years for the Financial Times, which is excellent for the way he manages to balance a difficult big picture with the joyousness of the details of his own experience….

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Singita, Mark Witney and plans for a Wild Philanthropy-Singita conservation journey

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Singita for a number of years now, and one of the wonderful things about it has been the chance to have worked for so long with Mark Witney, a kindred spirit, and with whom I recently had the opportunity to catch up with regards to planning a joint…

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Banning the sale of legal ivory: the UK’s about to get in step – we hope

Tuesday, 27th February, 2018


With the UK set to host 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, I’m delighted to note that the government has finally bowed to pressure and authorised a consultation process last October for the banning of sales in UK of ivory. According to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, it is proposed that a total ban be ‘introduced on UK sales of ivory that could…

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