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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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Back to school: Wild Philanthropy, social enterprise and Cambridge University’s social ventures programme

Friday, 18th January, 2019

Cambridge Social Ventures Wild Philanthropy

Those of you that follow our social media channels may be aware that in September last year we were accepted onto a rather exciting initiative that is run out of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Aimed at supporting a range of businesses that have positive social and environmental impact, Cambridge Social Ventures is a wonderful…

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DRC elections: the start of a new era or more of the same?

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018

drc-elections-congo

After two years of delays and contested excuses, on December 23rd citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo will finally vote for their first new leader since 2001 in a general election. The country has experienced a tumultuous political landscape since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960. Following a series of military rebellions and attempts…

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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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