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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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On the right track

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

Banks of the Omo River

I’m very pleased to note that Wild Philanthropy has had a little write-up by Holly Tuppen in The Ethicalist, a new eco-lifestyle magazine that operates out of Dubai, and which was formed in 2017 in response to ‘the many startling’ environmental issues ‘affecting our planet’. Pleased and honoured because Wild Philanthropy sits in good company, the…

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Banning the sale of legal ivory: the UK’s about to get in step – we hope

Tuesday, 27th February, 2018

London_Conference_on_The_Illegal_Wildlife_Trade

With the UK set to host 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, I’m delighted to note that the government has finally bowed to pressure and authorised a consultation process last October for the banning of sales in UK of ivory. According to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, it is proposed that a total ban be ‘introduced on UK sales of ivory that could…

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Mahale, Ntakata, and the Tongwe: A conservation journey to a lost world

Tuesday, 13th February, 2018

Greystoke Mahale chimp in tree - Nomad Tanzania

Here at Wild Philanthropy we work with some extraordinary people and places. Planning and writing our client itineraries takes me to storybook lands of remote tribes, wildlife-filled plains and drought sensitive deserts. When I sign off Outlook at the end of the day, I walk out into the buzzing streets of Brighton, I can smell…

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Ethiopia adventures: Paul Herbertson reports on developments in the Omo

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018

Lale-Ethiopia-Omo-Exterior-Mess-Tente

When I was first speaking with Will Jones about joining Wild Philanthropy one of the things that really caught my interest was Wild Philanthropy’s first impact investment in Wild Expeditions Ethiopia. Wild Expeditions is a tour operator based in Addis and offering a range of amazing bespoke trips around Ethiopia. Wild Philanthropy provided finance to…

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The Northern Rangelands of Kenya Conservation Journey

Tuesday, 9th January, 2018

Following a recent trip to Kenya, I was contemplating how Wild Philanthropy has grown from a seed in the back of my mind circa 2008 into the conservation vehicle that it is today. A few of the things that served to drive its making I had reaffirmed to me whilst guiding our Northern Rangelands of…

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The singing wells of Namunyak

Tuesday, 12th December, 2017

Robert Lamaiyan

Set in Northern Kenya and home to Sarara Lodge and Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Namunyak is part of the Northern Rangelands Trust group. It was established as a conservancy trust in 1995 in response to high levels of poaching in which over 30,000 rhinos and elephants had been killed in the 18 years previous. As shared…

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The future of Africa’s rhino: a conservation model that works

Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

Hope-For-Rhinos-Simon-Morris-Image

On 6th November 2017 Daniel Schneider, a biologist from Boston, posted an image of a northern white rhinoceros, called Sudan, with the caption: ‘Want to know what extinction looks like? This is the last male northern white rhino.’ The northern white rhinoceros is a subspecies of the white rhino. Whilst members of the same species,…

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