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The life and times of Chris Tinkler

Friday, 19th January, 2018

Chris Tinkler guiding

On Friday 12th January, South African born former safari guide Chris Tinkler packed up his life at Jongomero in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. On Saturday he flew to England. On Sunday he unpacked in his new Brighton home, and on Monday morning joined us at Journeys by Design as the newest member of the sales…

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Fiona Walls and the deep importance of experiencing Africa firsthand

Tuesday, 16th January, 2018

Fiona Wells

First there was one. Then there were two, four, and six. Now JbD and Wild Philanthropy is run by a 16-strong team. Our most recent arrival is the wonderful Fiona Walls, Senior Sales Specialist, and someone who I have known for some time now, and whose work I have been aware of through Tim Best,…

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Dinner With Lara Lowis

Tuesday, 12th December, 2017

I was lucky enough to visit Lowis and Leakey Tented Camp in the Mara triangle last month run by Ninian and Lara Lowis. There are many things that will astound one in such a place, but something I have a resounding memory of is the food. The Lowis-Leakey contingent are very, very good at their…

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An interview with rugby coach, Grant Lawrence

Tuesday, 24th October, 2017


Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Grant Lawrence, Head of Physical Education at Dorothy Stringer in Brighton, where Will’s children went to school. Two years ago Will Jones helped to put together a trip that saw the school’s rugby team touring South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal, which stretches from the Drakensberg Mountains to Durban. Grant called it an amazing trip that he wouldn’t forget in a hurry. The trip was a chance…

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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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Invisibly visible: Lisa Grainger on Arijiju

Friday, 30th June, 2017

Arijiju, Borana, Kenya

Regular readers of this blog will know that Borana Conservancy has a special place in my heart, given not just that it is a leading light in the kind of impact investment conservation strategy championed by Wild Philanthropy, but also the positive role it played in the education of a much younger version of myself….

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