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Daniel turner: conservation and the way forward

Thursday, 2nd February, 2017

I met with Daniel Turner, Animal Welfare Director for Born Free in Europe. He has a place in Kemptown, by the sea. We’re lucky to have people from FFI, Born Free, Conservation Capital, ITAD and some other big players in the conservation world living in the same city as us. When I eventually arrived puffing and sweating…

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Introducing Africa’s wild philanthropists

Tuesday, 31st January, 2017

I’m doing a lot of hot-off-the-press pointing at the moment – the Hazda, Tanzania’s Maasai Steppes, the mixed land approaches of the likes of the Northern Rangelands Trust – but there’s a lot going on, especially in terms of conservation, as Sophy Roberts points out in The Wild Philanthropists, published in this month’s Robb Report….

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Arijiju: the house with the message

Tuesday, 24th January, 2017

Forgive me. I know we bang the Borana drum almost as often as we do the likes of Omo Valley or the Hadza, but I cut my manager teeth here, know the conservancy’s founders well, and believe its mixed land use conservation model the answer to Africa’s threatened wildernesses. Last time, it was Simon introducing…

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Kick for Wildlife and community-based conservation

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

On my recent trip to Tanzania, I had a stark reminder of the close proximity in which humans live with wildlife and the potential affects this can have on the lives they lead, when we spotted a leopard heading out of a settlement and into the forest opposite. The main highway that separates Manyara National Park from the…

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On saving the wild elephant

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

Once again, my apologies. 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. As I say, my apologies – fortunately, it’s still online , so do have a look when you get a moment. In the meantime, the…

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Borana Lodge Medical Clinic

Wednesday, 7th December, 2016

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

Friday, 8th April, 2016

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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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From the Good of Giving

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016

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

Friday, 12th February, 2016

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

Friday, 5th February, 2016

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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