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A history of Namunyak Conservancy

Monday, 13th November, 2017

Raisin on the hill in Sarara in Namunyak

As well as offering bespoke private safaris to anywhere in Southern and Eastern Africa, Wild Philanthropy also organises set departure trips, which are less like a holiday and more like a chance to tap deeper – as deep as one could go – into the ecology, conservation goals, community issues and the challenges of an…

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Andrew McCarthy of The New York Times goes to the Omo

Sunday, 5th November, 2017

Ethiopia Omo Valley Andy Haslam

I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see Andrew McCarthy’s excellent Up Close with Ethiopia’s Imperiled Omo Valley, published today in the New York Times. A vividly perceptive account of both his journey and the plight of the Omo Valley, McCarthy was Wild Philanthropy ’s guest for the duration of the trip. I’ve…

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Borana Lodge Medical Clinic

Thursday, 7th December, 2017

Many communities in rural Africa lack healthcare enough to cope with disease transmission. Aside from AIDS, malaria and measles, it is often the ones that we see as fairly normal in developed countries that cause the biggest problems in rural Africa. Diarrhoea, for example, is the greatest cause of child mortality in Africa and constitutes…

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Wild Philanthropy: state of the nation and our first appeal

Monday, 4th September, 2017

Following Simon’s recent blog over at our sister company, Journeys by Design, I thought it was about time we provided a quick update on all things Wild Philanthropy. For those of you who have been following our progress over the years, there have been a few significant changes over the past few months. Our new…

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On saving the wild elephant

Thursday, 10th August, 2017

The Guardian was kind enough to publish a piece we wrote on saving the wild elephant, something I should have alerted you to back in October. My apologies – fortunately, it’s still online , so do have a look when you get a moment. In the meantime, the piece explores the difference between two forms…

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Jane Owen and the wild-card purchase

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017

I’ve just got back from a trip that included hosting deputy editor of the Financial Times Jane Owen on a ‘whistle stop tour’ around the likes of northern Kenya’s Il Ngwesi and Borana Wildlife Conservancies. The purpose of the trip was to help articulate, publicise and curry interest in the conservation models that Wild Philanthropy was set up to support. A…

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Dr. Liz Greengrass tells her story

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to catch Liz Greengrass, Born Free’s associate director. Aside from her tales of near death experiences including stepping on a black mamba in Tanzania, being beaten up by the alpha male chimp, shot at in a high speed car chase when her rogue taxi driver refused to stop at…

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Shedding a tear for Nick Brandt’s ‘Inherit the Dust’

Saturday, 8th April, 2017

Nick Brandt, photographer and co-founder of Big Life Foundation, currently has an exhibition in Los Angeles’ Fahey-Klein Gallery, showing images of great canvases with photographs of large mammals printed on them in locations where they once roamed before urbanization took place – difficult to explain in keeping with the complexity of such a project. The…

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Happy International Women’s Day

Wednesday, 8th March, 2017

For international women’s day we hear from two women: Millicent and Esther. From a society where getting a full education is incredibly difficult, these are just two inspiring stories about individuals overcoming great hardships to reach their goals – and both eventually gaining scholarships from international charity, One Girl Can. My name is Millicent. I have…

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UK ivory trade debate

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017

Last Monday the Journeys by Design team travelled up to the houses of parliament ready to watch the debate on the UK ivory trade. Yes, there is still a legal ivory trade in the UK. If it’s news to you, you’re not alone. We took the short journey up to London in order to check…

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