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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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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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