Wild Philanthropy

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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

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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Flooding the Birthplace of Mankind

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014

Omo Valley, Ethiopia Hamer tribe

The damming of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, where five major rivers flow out of the highest concentration of highlands in all Africa – and where there is a uniquely diverse human gene pool – is due for completion in 2014. I understand perfectly why a government would want to tap into the potential that…

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The Friedkin Fund

Monday, 17th March, 2014

Life is as much about those delightful moments of unexpectedness as it is being sure that every ball thrown comes down exactly as and where you would have hoped. Chancing late last year upon the Friedkin Fund, at Legendary Lodge, Arusha, during a routine educational trip in northern Tanzania, is one of those moments. A…

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Amref Health Africa

Monday, 3rd March, 2014

Some organisations are unassailably good. Amref Health Africa is one such organisation. Formed in 1957, by three reconstructive surgeons, it runs Africa’s leading air ambulance and medical outreach service. The organisation works closely with Kenya’s Kenyatta National Hospital, was the first African organisation to receive the Gates Award for Global Health and today reaches over…

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A Charity that Works

Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Anybody who has had anything to do with charity work will understand what I mean when I say that money, given freely, without any plan for the future, is a curse; and when that money – or the goods and equipment it buys – has to cross borders so the difficulties tend to multiply. Red…

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