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Championing African Parks

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Chinko Snapseed 4

I came across African parks a number of years ago in my research for organisations that have got it right when it comes to conservation management. For those who don’t know, African Parks are a non-profit organisation who work with local governments and authorities in some of Africa’s most ecologically vulnerable areas, taking on direct…

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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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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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Impact travel: sustainable tourism, wilderness zoning, and the business of changing the world

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

OverCrowdedTourismAfrica

One of the Wild Philanthropy’s key drivers for encouraging and supporting at-risk ecosystems is sustainable travel. Low-volume tourism specifically designed to have a positive long-term environmental, social and economic impact at the local level, it serves as catalyst and / or support for wider sustainable development initiatives. Done well, low volume – high value tourism…

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

Friday, 21st September, 2018

Dereck-Joubert-wading-through-water

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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An interview with John D. Gillon, Chairman of the Hwange Conservation Society

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018

John-Gillon

While at Somalisa Expeditions in Hwange National Park last year, I met long-time visitor to Zimbabwe and champion of conservation, John Gillon. Over lunch, he showed us his black and white Rhodesian driving license from the 1970s and told us about how much it has changed over the years. At 73 years old, he has…

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Transforming Lale’s Camp

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

Lales Camp Ethiopia Refurb

Kate Malone and her partner Cameron Anderson-Raffan spent two and a half months in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia, helping to refurbish Lale’s Camp on the eastern banks of the Omo River. Operated by Wild Expeditions, the camp offers a base from which to explore one of the wildest corners of the continent and works closely…

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Goodwood event raises GBP 70,000

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

Goodwood Fundraiser for Wild Philanthropy long exposure

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all those who came to our first ever fundraiser at Goodwood for your support; and to encourage all those who couldn’t make it not to fear: if all goes well, our plans are to repeat next year at another venue, and perhaps overseas, so as to be…

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