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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

Western-Lowland-Gorilla-walking-across-the-only-road-through-the-park

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

Time-and-Tide-Diver

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

Omo-Valley-Ethiopia

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

Grumeti-elephant-at-water-holeb

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

London_Conference_on_The_Illegal_Wildlife_Trade

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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The Northern Rangelands of Kenya Conservation Journey

Tuesday, 9th January, 2018

Following a recent trip to Kenya, I was contemplating how Wild Philanthropy has grown from a seed in the back of my mind circa 2008 into the conservation vehicle that it is today. A few of the things that served to drive its making I had reaffirmed to me whilst guiding our Northern Rangelands of…

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Andrew McCarthy of The New York Times goes to the Omo

Sunday, 5th November, 2017

Ethiopia Omo Valley Andy Haslam

I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see Andrew McCarthy’s excellent Up Close with Ethiopia’s Imperiled Omo Valley, published today in the New York Times. A vividly perceptive account of both his journey and the plight of the Omo Valley, McCarthy was Wild Philanthropy ’s guest for the duration of the trip. I’ve…

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On saving the wild elephant

Thursday, 10th August, 2017

The Guardian was kind enough to publish a piece we wrote on saving the wild elephant, something I should have alerted you to back in October. My apologies – fortunately, it’s still online , so do have a look when you get a moment. In the meantime, the piece explores the difference between two forms…

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