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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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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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Botswana to lift its hunting ban: why it’s not the answer it might be looking for

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

Following on from its consultation report, the Botswana government last week announced that it would be lifting its 2014 hunting ban. The news polarises conservationists: those opposed argue that it threatens to undo the country’s extraordinary conservation achievements; those in favour argue that the ban’s been a disaster and threatens to undermine those self-same achievements….

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Kara Community Farm Project: just US$ 40,000* to go

Friday, 10th May, 2019

Securing the pump jetty 1

*Stop press – 23.5.19. Since this blog went up, we’ve raised another $20,000. Learn more here.  The Omo Valley is Wild Philanthropy’s first Core Ecosystem Project. Briefly, Wild Philanthropy (WP) supports on-the-ground safari operator Wild Expeditions, the revenue from sustainable tourism both catalyst and support for wider sustainable development in the Omo. The Omo’s located…

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Enonkishu: An update on a thriving conservancy

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019

As a result of our fundraiser for Enonkishu Conservancy at Goodwood last year, we raised nearly 90 thousand USD. Enonkishu is a 6,000-acre ranch located between the Maasai Mara and the farmlands northwards. You can read more about the history and ecology of Enonkishu here, but in short, in 2000, Tarquin and Lippa Wood came…

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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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Tswalu: 50-year conservation restoration project

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

When you enter one of the 8 rooms in Tswalu you are immediately greeted by a beautifully designed space, with great views out over the Kalahari. However, it is a small photograph and short letter from owner, Nicky Openhiemer, that really captures attention. The picture sums up what has been achieved over about a 50-year…

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Understanding rangeland management as a conservation tool that benefits communities

Friday, 19th October, 2018

Enonkishu Conservancy

This blog was guest-written by Ana Giovanetti. The blog’s original full title is:  How conservation grazing through rangeland management can restore grassland ecosystems and support biodiversity as well as meet the needs of people. Livestock use and pastoralism are broad and pressing topics, particularly when discussing the sustaining of wild areas. Protecting nature while supporting human needs can…

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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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Talking corridors: Dereck Joubert, Great Plains, and conservation tourism

Friday, 21st September, 2018


I was fortunate enough to catch up with Dereck Joubert earlier this year. We had already met at We Are Africa, when Angela and I attended a Great Plains Conservation dinner. As previously shared, I thought one of the highlights of the event was hearing about the Rhinos Without Borders project. Not enough time to…

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