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Singita, Mark Witney and plans for a Wild Philanthropy-Singita conservation journey

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Singita for a number of years now, and one of the wonderful things about it has been the chance to have worked for so long with Mark Witney, a kindred spirit, and with whom I recently had the opportunity to catch up with regards to planning a joint…

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Ethiopia lifts State of Emergency two months early

Thursday, 7th June, 2018


A quick update on the welcome lifting of Ethiopia’s state of emergency on Tuesday, which comes two months earlier than predicted, and which shows fair evidence of the newly elected prime minister Dr Abiy Ahmed’s intention to begin ‘to make up for all the wrongs done in the past.’ Abiy Ahmed took power in April…

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Carbon Tanzania: one way to offset your carbon footprint effectively

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018


You may have heard the phrase ‘carbon credits’ being flung about. You will also know that we as humans are responsible for increasing the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon credits are a way that CO2 emissions can be offset. Our forests act a natural sink for CO2. The process of photosynthesis, in which…

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We Are Africa: Paul Herbertson on telling tourism’s best kept secret

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018

We Are Africa

Just a quick report on this year’s We Are Africa, attended by Angela Sacha and myself. Held in Cape Town, We Are Africa styles itself as much more than a travel tradeshow, its mission is to help shine a much brighter and cleverer light on Africa as home to myriad and diverse travel experiences, to…

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Out of Africa: Wild Philanthropy to host its first fundraiser at Goodwood Estate

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018


We’re delighted to announce that Wild Philanthropy’s Out of Africa fundraiser takes place on 28th June, and just as delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Richmond & Gordon have invited us to hold it at their home at Goodwood House, in Chichester, West Sussex. The event is significant for a number of reasons, not least…

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We’re in it for the long run

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018


You know that well-versed saying, ‘enjoy the journey’? Well, here at Wild Philanthropy we really do abide by that philosophy. Our Conservation Journeys are intended to be part of a much bigger journey, a life-long commitment to conservation. And like every good road trip, we recognise the benefits that come from sharing the driving with…

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Il Ngwesi: Rick Bass gives us a snapshot of survival at its best

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

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I don’t like to begin a story with a backstory and the past tense can be a bit less engaging than the gripping present tense. I don’t like to begin a story either with that tired old writer’s shortcut of staring at a photograph and describing the picture, using the cheesy symbolism of it to do what should…

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The world’s last male northern white rhino is dead

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

Sudan at Ol Pejeta 2

Having just got back from Kenya last week and being lucky enough to visit Ol Pejeta and met Sudan the last male northern white rhino, the news yesterday that he had died at the age of 45 hit particularly hard. He leaves behind him the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, Najin and her daughter Fatu. Extinction seems a near reality.  …

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A new type: the camera-free conservation journey

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

On returning home from my latest trip to Ethiopia, it dawned on me that our Conservation Journeys are best suited to those who like to do things differently, who share the same aspirational vision that helps us create and achieve our path-carving goals. This trip especially highlighted to me the fact that the photographic cultural…

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Greta Iori: wildlife crime consultant extraordinaire

Thursday, 8th March, 2018

Greta Iori

A champion of the industry, Greta Iori was interviewed as part of our celebration of International Women’s Day. A cold Wednesday afternoon last week I got the train to London to meet up with Greta Iori. The Beast from the East was upon us, the snow blowing sideways, wreaking untold havoc on our somewhat vulnerable…

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