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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


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


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


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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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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