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Investing in wildlife: Paul Herbertson bigs up the Rhino Impact Bond

Thursday, 29th August, 2019

Rhino Sudan Ami Vitale

It was great to see the Zoological Society of London’s Rhino Impact Bonds work featured in the Financial Times last month. I first came across this initiative in my past role at Fauna & Flora International, who act as an adviser to the work alongside United for Wildlife, a project from the Royal Foundation of…

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The Beckwith and Fisher Archive: for the good of the future

Thursday, 22nd August, 2019


While African ceremonies photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher’s extraordinary careers are by no means at their end, they’re already beginning to think about how best to pass on their work to future generations. In a career spanning 40 years, in which they photographed 200 cultures from 45 African countries, they have created a collection…

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The plight of the Batwa: we talk to Serena Strang, recently returned from Uganda

Friday, 23rd August, 2019


On 24 June, journalist Sophy Roberts posted a video of a group of Batwa children dancing. She wrote: ‘The persuasive innocence of childhood. What this video doesn’t show is the truth of this child’s past and uncertain future.’ Once called Pygmies and historically oppressed, the Batwa were forcibly evicted from Uganda’s newly gazetted national parks…

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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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Beast of Man: Paul Herbertson champions the Kevin Pietersen podcast

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

Beast of Man

 I’m extremely new to the business of the podcast. I think the first podcast I ever listened to was Forest 404, and that was this year. The second was Kevin Pietersen: Beast of Man, BBC 5 Live’s 10-part report on rhino poaching in South Africa. I can’t remember how I ended up listening to it, or why…

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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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