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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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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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