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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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From the Good of Giving

Thursday, 16th February, 2017

Just a quick note to say that Journeys by Design has as of this year raised $5.2 million for a variety of charities, and in particular the big four: Robin Hood Foundation, Naples Wine Festival, Clinton Foundation and Absolute Return for Kids (ARK). An additional $1.4 million has been raised through match funding. I say…

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In the Name of the Endangered

Sunday, 12th February, 2017

You may remember a recent post recounting a trip that Will and I made to Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains National Park – a haven for keen twitchers, fishing fans and those in search of the ultimate off-the-beaten-track experience. If not, a brief reminder: Bale falls within the Afromontane ecosystem. Although found throughout the continent, this habitat…

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A Mixed Blessing

Sunday, 5th February, 2017

You may have heard recently about Omo, the leucistic giraffe, discovered by researchers Dr. Derek Lee and Monika Bond in Tarangire. Named after the brand of washing powder, at 15 months old, Omo continues to browse the acacia of this rich ecosystem. At this age, giraffes generally outgrow most top predators and, further, due to…

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