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30 seconds with Graeme Lemon of Wild Expeditions

Friday, 15th September, 2017

I recently caught up with Graeme Lemon, the country manager of Wild Expeditions, a responsible tour operator running mobile tented camps throughout Ethiopia. A joint shareholding between Wild Enterprise (Wild Philanthropy‘s impact investment arm) and four local Ethiopian shareholders, Wild Expeditions strives to venture into some of the most unexplored and remote areas that Ethiopia…

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Client Earth: working with the law

Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017

With Donald Trump contentiously pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement and with BBC Radio 4 sparking a backlash over its decision to include Lord Lawson, a prominent global warming sceptic, in a discussion on climate change, environmental concerns are once again at the forefront of public consciousness.   The worrying aspect, however, is that they were ever allowed to abate.   As NASA outline, previous scientific…

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Welcoming Paul Herbertson: Wild Philanthropy’s Director of Conservation Enterprise

Tuesday, 25th July, 2017

Paul Herbertson

It’s difficult to express just how honoured I am that Paul Herbertson has joined JbD’s sister Wild Philanthropy as the charity’s Conservation Enterprise Director. Honoured and extremely grateful to both Paul and his present employer Fauna and Flora International (FFI), who have kindly agreed a one year part-time secondment, allowing him to work with Wild…

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Welcoming Emma to the team

Friday, 14th July, 2017

Emma Baker

This morning I had the chance to meet an inspiring person in an inspiring place: one of our very own – Emma Baker at Presuming Ed. Previous dealings with this cafe have been Maddy’s engagement party, watching Virunga with the team and an all-night party that the Journeys by Design team hosted two weeks ago….

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An interview with renowned photographer, Stevie Mann

Friday, 7th July, 2017

Lake at Lengai by Stevie Mann

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch Stevie Mann, landscape photographer and lifelong friend Will’s. If you’ve spent time perusing the galleries on our site, there’s every chance that you are familiar with the work of Stevie Mann. Since the two of them went to school together in Nairobi, Stevie has…

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Dr. Liz Greengrass tells her story

Friday, 23rd June, 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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Remembering Richard Pankhurst

Monday, 3rd April, 2017

Richard and Sylvia Pankhurst

I learnt recently that the historian and campaigner Richard Pankhurst died the month before last. For those of you who do not know of him, Richard was a preeminent historian of everything Ethiopian, of its religions, its art, its architecture, its economics and its politics. As well as publishing over 20 books, he campaigned endlessly…

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Happy International Women’s Day

Wednesday, 8th March, 2017

Millicent from One Girl Can on International Women's Day

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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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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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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