“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” Happy birthday Sir David Attenborough 🎉 And we sincerely hope that our grandchildren will be able to enjoy the wildlife of our planet, in part thanks to your incredible efforts 🙏🏼 🙏🏼 #Repost @jamessuter with @get_repost ・・・ Happy Birthday to Sir David Attenborough - who I first learned about the Okavango Delta from, and who, through his work, taught me so much about our natural world. Watching David Attenborough documentaries growing up - this place (the Okavango Delta) seemed surreal, I feel so privileged to visit this area often now. This image is of elephants in the delta from the air. Seeing this wild place from the this vantage point is always so rewarding. The delta is so unique and known by many as the ‘miracle delta’. The reason for this is that under cloudless skies at the driest time of Botswana's year, when rain is both a fading memory & a distant promise, a flood comes to the Okavango Delta. Generated by rainfall 500 miles (804.7 kilometers) and two countries away in the highlands of Angola, the flood wave snakes down the Okavango River and spreads across the delta, swelling its lagoons and channels and spilling outward to inundate its floodplains. In a land withered by drought, this gift of water is like unction, and all nature responds to it. The miracle also happens in slow motion, for this part of southern Africa is so flat that the floodwaters take three months to reach the delta and four more to traverse its 150-mile (241.4 kilometer) length. Yet by the time its force is spent, the flood has increased the Okavango's wetland area by two or three times, creating an oasis up to half the size of Lake Erie at the edge of the Kalahari Desert. To see it from the air means seeing the contrasting colour of dry land and green areas around this ‘oasis’ and the diverse range of wildlife that inhabits this wilderness area that is currently well protected. It really is like no other place on earth. A jungle-like oasis within desert terrain, teeming with wild animals - creatures great and small.
At the end of March, Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique and Zimbabwe, leaving destruction and devastation in its wake. Over 1000 people were killed across the two countries (and in southern Malawi) and many, many more left homeless. Then, barely a month later, Cyclone Kenneth arrived in the north of Mozambique, completely wiping out villages and almost destroying a nation that was already desperately in need. . Hundreds have come together across the world to donate to Mozambique but access and logistics are difficult in such remote regions and more is needed in the immediate, medium and longer-term future. Please click on the link in our bio to donate to the country and the areas most in need through the Red Cross. Mozambique, we are with you ❤️
Loss of habitat and lack of prey have played a major part in the declining numbers of cheetah in Africa, but human-wildlife conflict is one of the biggest dangers to these beautiful cats. Farmers in particular consider them to be pests and a threat to their livelihoods, resulting in the reported shockingly low numbers of cheetah left in the wild. Join us at Empowers Africa to help spread the word, educate and protect endangered species across the continent ❤️ #Repost @africansafariconservation with @get_repost ・・・ Cheetahs are known for their speed and are the fastest land animals on our earth! They once roamed much of Africa and Asia, but are now endangered. Their loss of habitat, lack of prey to feed on, and their vulnerability to humans, hunters, and poachers has increased their risk of becoming extinct. Photo thank to @bigcatswildlife —————————————. Thanks for reading 🙏🏼🦋 FOLLOW us @africansafariconnection 🌍@africansafariconservation 🐘 TAG US #africansafariconservation 🦏
We loved this behind the scenes glimpse into the life of our friends and partners @blackbeanproductions hard at work in Kenya! Seeing passionate people like this doing what they do for the wildlife of Africa is why we do our job ❤️🙏🏼 #Repost @blackbeanproductions with @get_repost ・・・ Some Monday motivation from our crew at @oljogi wildlife conservancy. Some iPhone snaps of our crew hard at work documenting some incredibly special encounters. This is just a glimpse into the work they do, the species you can expect to experience here, and the stories behind all the day to day management of a place like this. We look forward to sharing more. @thatcapetownkid @ayeshiespecker @jamessuter @sachaspex @oli_caldow @sam_thegirl #conservationmatters #elephants #saveelephants #worthmorealive #wildlifeplanet
It’s shocking to read that Africa’s lion population has almost halved over the last 25 years, and the species is now officially classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN. We are therefore delighted that our partners, @singita_ and @wearewilderness have joined forces with ecotourism operator @andbeyondtravel and the @lionrecovery Fund (LRF; established by @ultimate atesafaris in Namibia) to form the Lionscape Coalition, an incredible initiative that aims to double the number of wild lions in protected areas by 2050. Each member of the Lionscape Coalition has made an annual philanthropic investment into the LRF. Half of the amount will go directly towards projects in countries where company operates, while the other half will be used at the discretion of the LRF. In this way, these ecotourism companies are making a direct contribution to lion conservation beyond the boundaries of their direct areas of operation. As an undisputed icon of Africa and the natural world, we simply cannot afford to lose these special cats. The dire consequences don’t bear thinking about, but initiatives like this bring hope and excitement 🦁❤️ Photo by @ajmarton via @singita_
“Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago.” The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can recover if we work together to build a united movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action. #EarthDay2019 – a day to slow down, think and educate others about this beautiful planet we call home. Photo by @jamessuter @blackbeanproductions
There’s still 24 hours left to bid on the remaining safaris in our 2019 auction, so we’re going to leave this beautiful gallery of images right here for some inspiration and remind you to click on the link in our bio if you’d like to bid via CharityBuzz. All lots end tomorrow, April 18th, at 3pm EST. If you’ve always dreamt of going on an African safari of a lifetime, this is your chance – and remember, all proceeds go to the most amazing wildlife conservation, empowerment and education projects across the continent. Happy bidding!
The growing appetite for 'conservation holidays' has shone a light on the dark – and poorly regulated – industry of lion farming, where felines are destined not to be 'released into the wild', but to be shot by trophy hunters and their bones exported to Asia for use in traditional medicine. It’s a horrifying practise and one that not many know about – until now. Click on the link in our bio and have a read of Sally Williams’ article that uncovers the shocking truth behind lion farms in South Africa 😢
Gorilla trekking in the misty mountains of Rwanda… Searching for big cats in the iconic game parks of South Africa… Embarking on an early morning walking safari in Zambia... Our annual event may be over, but these experiences are still available to bid on in our 2019 auction. Click on the link in our bio and have a look at the selection of safaris available - kindly donated by our partners across Africa, the proceeds of each trip will go to a variety of human empowerment and wildlife conservation projects across the continent. Happy bidding – and thank you in advance! 📸 @timeandtideafrica
Thank you so much to everyone who came to our annual gala event last night and made the evening so incredibly special and successful. Particular thanks to our honorees for the evening, Carlos Drews from @janegoodallinst and Annette Lanjouw from @arcusfoundation who spoke passionately about their causes, our sponsors, EJF Philanthropies and @townandcountrymag , and all those who so generously donated safaris for the auction. What an evening – and here’s to the next 12 months of conservation and good causes ❤️ 🦍 🦁 Photo Credits: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images. @mcathowell @aishashaque @ninaggg @patriciaglass1 @mmacelree @thekimcharlton @mary_dunne3
Happy International Women’s Day! You might not know this but we are an all-women team at Empowers Africa so today has a special meaning for us. We have come together through our shared love for Africa and conserving her incredible places and people, and we are proud to support programs that empower women across the continent. This Women’s Day we are celebrating @aluconservation ’s amazing initiative to grant 8 full-time scholarships to inspirational ladies and guide them into positions of leadership through their MBA programme. If you have someone in mind, nominate them for the scholarship through ALU’s instagram page and using the hashtag #nominateher. Here’s to celebrating amazing women in Africa and around the world! 👧🏽👧🏼👧🏿 📸 by @asiliaafrica of the fabulous women of Dunia Camp
We have just released the details of the fabulous safaris in our 2019 Auction on Facebook! Click the link on our bio to have a read about what’s on offer: with everything from gorilla trekking experiences to marine and underwater safaris and classic Big Five sightings, you certainly won’t want to miss out. Keep following for details on how to bid – they are coming very soon! @asiliaafrica @wearewilderness @singita_ @azuraretreats @cheetahplains @thornybush_collection @naturalselectiontravel @timeandtideafrica
Happy World Wildlife Day! A day to celebrate our wonderful planet and all the wildlife that inhabits it, but also to think about what we can do to protect our endangered species and keep our wildlife the way it is for generations to come ❤️ 📸 @jamessuter
It’s almost time for our annual safari auction! If you’ve ever dreamt of exploring Africa’s vast plains, gorilla trekking in the jungled forests or traversing towering sand dunes and never-ending landscapes, then keep following for this year’s fabulous list of prizes provided by our partners across the continent. We can’t wait to share them with you! @asiliaafrica @singita_ @thornybush_collection @wearewilderness @naturalselectiontravel @azuraretreats @timeandtideafrica @cheetahplains
We are delighted to be working with Fauna and Flora International (FFI) in 2019, an organisation who focus (among many other things!) on protecting and maintaining ocean diversity. Their 2019 grant funds will go towards their project, “We ♥ Tubarões” ("We Love Sharks"), which is based in a hotspot for more than 60 species of sharks and rays on Brava Island, Cape Verde. They will work closely with NGO Biflores, and collaborate with local fishermen to establish the needs and requirements of the communities in the Cape Verde by addressing the prevailing negative attitudes towards sharks. In the last decade, ~100 million sharks have been killed each year globally (Worm, 2013) and FFI hopes to provide local people with knowledge, training and tools to sustainably improve their livelihoods and understand the vital role of sharks in marine ecosystems. @faunafloraint
Last year, our executive director Paula was lucky enough to meet these cuties in Rwanda. Now, we’re delighted to report that their training is going extremely well and the puppies are well on their way to becoming Rwanda’s newest anti-poaching team! #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost ・・・ Akagera's newest (and cutest) canine protectors are growing from strength to strength as we celebrate the puppies turning six months old! The 10 puppies: Thor, Odin, Leo, Bella, Levi, Loki, Charlie, Kupa, Abu, and Athena have continued their training for the past two months and are on their way to becoming fully fledged members of @akagerapark’s growing canine anti-poaching team in Rwanda. They will continue to undergo training daily for the next few months, with some well-deserved rest days in between! Already, during the last two months of their training, we have seen an extraordinary bond form between the puppies and their handlers, which is paramount to the success of the program. Thanks to the efforts of our Rangers, including their canine counterparts, and due to community involvement, poaching has remained at an all-time low over the past three years here in Akagera. Before 2010 when African Parks assumed management of Akagera on behalf of the Rwanda Development Board, lions and rhinos had been hunted out and about 30,000 cattle were grazing inside the park. Poaching was rampant, and tourism was barely trickling along. Fast forward to today, and Akagera has become Rwanda’s only Big Five destination and is now home to a thriving lion and rhino population, elephants, leopards, and other iconic African species. In less than a decade the park has become almost 80% self-financing from tourism, and last year we saw over 44,000 visitors, half of whom were Rwandan nationals, bringing in an astounding $2M in revenues that feeds the park and surrounding communities! Akagera has become a national treasure, and the park’s trajectory has shifted from one of oblivion to one filled with prosperity and hope. Photo: @love_wild_africa #africanparks #conservation @dogsofinstagram @animalsdoingthings #goodboy #dogsofinstagram #canine #akagera #rwanda #puppypatrol
It was confirmed yesterday that the ‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan has been jailed in Tanzania for her part in a massive ivory smuggling ring in the country. She is accused of operating the ring, one of Africa’s largest, and smuggling tusks worth $2.5 million from over 400 elephants. Tanzania’s wildlife has suffered hugely at the hands of this woman and her arrest is a pivotal moment in the fight against the ivory trade.
Huge congratulations to our fiscal sponsorship partner, the African Leadership University, on this well-deserved achievement! 🙌🏻 Click the link in our bio to read the full story. #repost @alueducation with @get_repost ・・・ We’re honored to be #1 on @FastCompany’s most innovative companies in Africa list and to be named one of the top 50 most innovative companies in the world this year! #FCMostInnovative #DoHardThings #StudyatALU #WorkatALU
Don’t forget the small things... 🐜 🕷 #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost ・・・ A global review has just announced that plummeting insect numbers may 'threaten the collapse of nature'. @TheGuardian details how insects could vanish within a century at the current rate of decline, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”. More than 40% of insect species are declining, and a third are endangered, the scientific analysis published in the journal Biological Conservation found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a steep 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century. The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients. The analysis reported that intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides, urbanisation and climate change are also significant factors. Inside the world’s protected areas there are 15% more individual plants and animals and 11% more species inside than outside protected areas, according to the largest analysis of biodiversity in terrestrial globally protected areas to date. Protected areas have the potential to help us conserve some of the most biodiverse regions on Earth - which is why they need increased global support. With 10.5 million hectares of protected areas currently under management, African Parks is ensuring that we save some of the most ecologically diverse areas on this planet. Photo: @burrardlucas #africanparks #liuwa #landscape #africa #insect #conservation
Today is the 8th World Pangolin Day! Holding the dubious title as the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin doesn’t receive the same media attention as larger mammals. Today however is all about raising awareness for the elusive creatures and support for pangolin conservation. 📸: @jamessuter
Sad news from Hong Kong this morning. But although disheartening, let’s use this news to continue our conservation fight with vigour and preserve these incredible animals for future generations ❤️🦏 #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost ・・・ Hong Kong customs authorities have just seized US$1 million worth of rhino horn at the Hong Kong International Airport. The record haul which consisted of 24 pieces, weighing about 40kg, was found in boxes carried by two men arriving from South Africa en route to Vietnam. The two suspects, aged 28 and 33, were flying in from Johannesburg and planning to transit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The @scmpnews reports that between 2013 and the first 10 months of 2018, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) seized a total of about 202 kg of rhino horns, of which 76 pieces were whole horns. Rhino horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners of which mistakenly claim it has medicinal benefits ranging from boosting virility to curing cancer, despite there being no scientific evidence to back any of their claims. It is also used for carving and is regarded as a status symbol. Sadly, poaching has ravaged all five rhino species. The smaller black rhino remains critically endangered, with about 5,000 left. Asian species of rhino have suffered even more, with 3,500 Indian one-horned rhinos left in Nepal and India, fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos (known for their long hair), and only about 60 Javan rhinos left in the world. Photo @love_wild_africa #africa #rhino #conservation #worthmorealive #savetherhino #rhino #africanparks
We couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we saw these amazing photographs of the African black leopard, captured by wildlife photographer @willbl in Kenya’s Laikipia area. The stuff of legend for decades, the cat is one of the rarest animals on earth and in fact, no photographic evidence has been captured for 100 years! It’s entirely black as a result of melanism, the exact opposite of albinism and if you look closely, you can also see the characteristic rosettes. Incredible! #Repost @willbl with @get_repost ・・・ A Black African Leopard under a full moon. #Camtraptions #cameratrap #blackpanther
We love nothing more than learning of conservation successes and are delighted to hear that the South Luangwa National Park now has the highest concentration of African wild dog in Zambia. One of the most endangered predators on the continent, it’s fantastic news to start our 2019! #Repost @zcp_org with @get_repost ・・・ We are celebrating the end of 2018 on a high! The Luangwa Valley is now estimated to be home to the largest population of wild dogs in Zambia! Thanks to the collaborative long-term efforts of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), ZCP and Conservation South Luangwa ( @conservationsouthluangwa ), wild dogs in and around South Luangwa have been steadily increasing, and there is now an estimated 350 dogs in the Valley as a whole. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Read more about this conservation success @ www.zambiacarnivores.org/blog. PC: Frans Schepers (ZCP Board Member)
Happy new year to all our incredible supporters, friends and partners! Thank you so much for joining us on our journey to save Africa’s places, people and wildlife - we are so grateful for your support and can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring and what we can achieve together! ❤️ 📸 @willbl
Our second grant recipient for 2019 is Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH). Based in Uganda, the organisation aims to promote biodiversity and conservation by enabling people, wildlife and livestock to coexist peacefully in natural areas. They will use their grant to implement activities that will reduce negative interactions and conflict between people and gorillas, including preventing and controlling cross-species disease transmission, in Bwindi Impenetrable Park. 📸 @jamessuter
The best thing about the end of the year is reading about the achievements and conservation successes of the previous 12 months, and these from our friends and partners @africanparksnetwork filled our hearts with happiness! #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost ・・・ You’ve helped us achieve extraordinary results this year, and we’re incredibly grateful. Together, we were able to: Reintroduce 13 giraffe to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi for the first time in the reserve’s history, promoting their long-term survival and helping to restore the parks’ overall biological diversity; Bring wild lions back to Liwonde National Park in Malawi after they were last seen in the park 20 years ago who are thriving along with cheetah whose population has more than tripled since their reintroduction to the park in 2017; Increase safety and decrease elephant poaching in Garamba National Park in the DRC by 50% in 2017 and only two elephants have been killed in 2018; Provide access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities to millions of people so that the local communities who live around the parks we manage benefit from their existence; And increase our ranger team to over 1,000 members, the largest counter-poaching force for any one NGO on the continent, who are protecting both wildlife and people who live in and around the parks. Will you help us achieve even more wins for wildlife today, and for the future, by donating today? Please click the link in our bio to donate. #wildlife #conservation #forceforgood #naturesreturn Photo: @sean_viljoen
Wishing all our friends and supporters, partners and projects across the world a happy and joyous festive season that’s full of love, care and a little bit of conservation ❤️🙏🏼 📸 @jamessuter
In the run up to the Christmas, we are delighted to announce the selected recipients for our 2019 grants. First up is the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, who really need no introduction! The all-female unit is made up of 32 women from communities local to the Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa, where they currently operate. The aim of the organisation is to combat wildlife crime in the reserve, primarily through community involvement and education, and the grant next year will go towards operational expenses such a fuel for vehicles, general maintenance and repairs and equipment. 📸 by @blackbeanproductions and @jamessuter
What better Christmas present than to see seven beautiful and healthy lion at the @singita_ concession in the Kruger National Park, South Africa? Just wonderful! ❤️🙌🏻 #Repost @singita_ with @get_repost ・・・ Seven members of the Shishangaan quench their thirst at Singita Kruger National Park. • Photo: Singita Field Guide Wessel Booysen • #Lions #Big5 #Shishangaan #KrugerPark #SingitaKrugerNationalPark #WildlifeMoments #LuxurySafari #SouthAfricanSafari #WildlifePhotography #OurSingita #Singitagram #Singita_ #WildlifeConservation #sustainabletourism
They might be overshadowed by the larger, more iconic animals, but hyena still need our help and protection as much as ever ❤️ #Repost @africansafariconservation with @get_repost ・・・ Did you know that Hyena numbers are in decline due to habitat loss and persecution at the hands of humans. They are hunted by farmers as a result of assumed or actual threats to livestock including cattle and goats. Spotted hyenas have also been hunted for body parts to be used so called traditional medicine. 📸: @michael_rads_ _____________________________________ ______ __ Thanks For Reading 🙏🏼🦋 👉 @africansafariconservation #africansafariconservation 🦏 _____________________________________________________
We are delighted to announce that the grant for @wildplaces.africa from our May safari auction is going to the Nkuringo Integrated Model School, a place of formal teaching and vocational training on the outskirts of Uganda’s world-famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Established in 2013, the school aims to give local and orphaned children, particularly those from Batwa communities, an education as well as supplement their diet with fruits and vegetable from the organic garden. Currently, there are 185 elementary and middle school students in attendance, 47 of whom are Batwa. A huge thank you to everyone for your numerous and generous bids at the auction and for your continued support for everything we do. It means the world to us and the projects we work with on the ground in Africa! ❤️ 🌍
Forever in awe of the amazing team @dswt who have dedicated their lives to making a happier life for Kenya’s elephants. From the outside, their work is fantastic but this glimpse behind the scenes has given us even more respect, if that’s possible. We are honoured and humbled work with such people. Never stop fighting! ❤️ 🐘 #Repost @dswt with @get_repost ・・・ While you might know us best for our work rescuing and raising elephants who have lost their mothers, but our field teams’ first priority is to keep these wild families together and spare calves the trauma of being orphaned. This was one such scenario; a mother of two had been speared in the side, leaving her with a septic wound and putting her whole family in danger. Our DSWT/KWS Mara Veterinary Unit rushed to her side to lend a helping hand, cleaning the injury, applying healing green clay, and administering antibiotics. All the while, her calves patiently stood by, with the elder of the two watching over its six-month-old sibling. The anesthetic was soon reversed and the mum was back on her feet and, most importantly, back with her family. #DSWTNotesFromTheField ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learn more about our field teams and their crucial work, visit: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #DSWT @kenyawildlifeservice #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #mara #savetheelephants
They may well be King of the jungle with no natural predators, but lion are still classified as ‘vulnerable’ and could be extinct in as a little as a few years. What can we do? Come together, #spreadtheword and educate others and ultimately, #bethechange ❤️ #Repost @africanwildlifefoundation with @get_repost ・・・ Male lions may be the kings of the jungle and at the top of the food chain (not to add the most dominant force in the African wilderness too) but when it comes to hunting they take a back seat. Lionesses are the primary hunters within a pride - they do the majority of hunting for their prides (around 90 % of the time) while the males protect their pride.
We’re ending this week with another big thank you to everyone who bid so kindly and generously at our May Safari auction in NYC. We’re delighted to announce that @bushcampcompany ‘s grant will go towards their Commit to Clean Water project which provides safe, clean water to villages in the Mfuwe area around the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. To date, 60 boreholes have been drilled and there are plans to drill another 18 this year alone, which the grant will help with hugely. We are incredibly happy to be able to help with projects like these across Africa so thank you to you all for your generous bids at the auction and your ongoing support. It means the world to us and our partners.
When wildlife poaching comes to mind, most people think of a group of poachers tracking animals with high-powered rifles. But there’s a forgotten side to this story too – snares. A snare is nothing more than a rudimentary piece of wire, shaped into a loop, anchored down and placed in an area of high animal activity with the sole purpose of killing wildlife. Whilst they are mostly used to catch (and kill) bushmeat, often as a means of sustenance for rural communities, their impact is huge. This herd of ellies was lucky and the little calf that got trapped in a snare was rescued and reunited with his family. But many other aren’t so lucky and snares continue to be one of the biggest killers across Africa. Together we must #spreadtheword and help #bethechange #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost ・・・ A young elephant has been rescued and reunited with its family after it was caught in a wire snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi. This heart-warming photo shows the herd rushing towards the calf after the snare was safely removed. A tourist had spotted the injured elephant and alerted the park’s staff and @lilongwewildlife's Wildlife Emergency Response Unit. The calf was tranquilised, and the snare was removed as its family waited close by. The team on the ground was able to witness the emotional reunion with its family. Liwonde's rangers have removed more than 31,000 snares since we assumed management of the park in 2015. Wire snares used for poaching pose a serious threat to wildlife across Africa. Snares are simple, cheap, easy to make and set, but nearly impossible to escape as anything walking in their path can get caught. The removal of these snares and the prevention of setting them in the first place is vital to ensuring that wildlife remains safe, free of harm, and can breed and thrive. Thank you to our partners, the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, for helping us ensure that this little calf lives long into the future. Photo: @lilongwewildlife #AfricanParks #Wildlife #Rescue #Elephant #Forceforgood #AfricanParksNetwork #Liwonde #Malawi #elephant
A fabulous initiative from our friends and partners @singita_ to raise funds for their women empowerment projects across the continent. Keep following for updates from the field and the results of the run! Who run the world?! 👧🏽👧🏼👧🏿 #Repost @singita_ with @get_repost ・・・ “I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ― Malala Yousafzai • This weekend marks the start of the Serengeti Girls Run; an exclusive, all-women, five-day run across the Serengeti wilderness to raise funds for girl and women empowerment programmes. Follow along with us on Instagram as we share regular updates from the participants and document their experience of helping to create tomorrow’s female conservation leaders. • #SerengetiGirlsRun #SingitaGrumetiFund #BRAVEgirls #FemaleEmpowerment #WomensEmpowerment #CommunityPartnerships #OurSingita #Singitagram #Singita_ #WildlifeConservation #SustainableTourism
Today, the 15th October 2018, marks the International Day of Rural Women, a UN initiative that celebrates and honors the role of rural women across the world. Rural women make up a quarter of the world’s population. They grow much of our food, strengthen economies and build climate resilience. Yet on almost every measure of development, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, they fare worse than rural men or urban women. It’s time to give rural women a voice both in Africa and across the world! 💪🏼 🌍
Always delighted to hear good news from our partners on the ground, especially when it involves rhino! This is Eric who is settling in well to his new home in Tanzania after a successful relocation from San Diego Zoo. Fantastic work by @singita_ , @grumetifund and the Tanzanian Government! If you’d like to donate to Singita or any of our wildlife conservation project across Africa, click on the link in our bio and have a look at our projects. Every little helps in the fight for conservation ❤️ #Repost @ggentil with @get_repost ・・・ The Singita Grumeti Fund in partnership with the Tanzanian government has completed the first phase of a black rhino expansion project! Meet Eric- our newest resident- an 8-year-old black rhino from San Diego Zoo! Thank you @grant_burden for the chance to enjoy him safely from the outside of his temporary boma. #grumetifund #singita #conservation #wildlife_protection #blackrhino #ig_africa #picoftheday #love #africa #wildlifeplanet #tanzania #endangeredspecies #rhinohornisnotmedicine
Back in June, our team had the privilege of helping with a lion collaring exercise in the Somkhanda Game Reserve, South Africa. Collaring sometimes receives negative press, but it’s an important way of determining patterns of movement, lion social structures and their interaction with humans, making it easier for us to protect them in the long run. Significant research and fascinating to witness first hand. #Repost @kriegerhemingway with @get_repost ・・・ Don’t worry, this lioness is not injured or dead! We had the unique opportunity of collaring two lionesses and one male lion for conservation purposes during this June’s Empowers Africa/Charity Travel trip to South Africa hosted by Wildlands and Wildlife ACT. Collaring lions helps determine the prides whereabouts thereby mitigating any potential human wildlife conflict. The experienced team made up of Wildlands/WildTrust ( @WildlandsSA), Wildlife ACT ( @WildlifeACT) and Dr. Mike Toft ( @DrMikeToft of Kirafru Wildlife Veternary Services) did a phenomenal job of making sure they were safely collared. The lions are located on @SomkhandaGameReserve – a big 5 community owned reserve operated by Wildands. Thank you to Andrew Venter (@Andrew.Venter), CEO of WILDTRUST, for making our trip such a valuable learning experience! We were also joined by the highly talented @JamesSuter and @Oli_Caldow of @BlackBeanProductions – thank you for taking such great pics and videos of the exceptional conservation work done on this trip! This trip was organized in conjunction with @charity_travel @EmpowersAfrica @Sam_thegirl @KatherineKrieger @Konrad.Krieger @AishaHaque @MariamCraig @ColinCraig14 @HarrisonCraig20 @MarthaMcGuinness @MaggieMcGinness @HeatherMnuchin #lions #lion #bigcats #wildlifeprotection #endextinction #saveanimals #wildlife #africa #charitytravel
It’s incredibly sad to see the impact that we humans have on the environment and the animals that surround us. This photo was taken in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, one of the continent’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries, and it’s devastating to see our effects in such an obvious way. As always, thank you to the people on the ground across Africa who work tirelessly to prevent things like this from happening and who protect our wildlife on a daily basis. This should be a lesson for us all- let’s leave only wild in our wild places! 🙏🏼❤️ #Repost @africansafariconnection with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @kengeiger | One of the saddest things to witness in nature is man's impact on the wild. Even in a wildlife sanctuary like Kruger National Park, South Africa, careless people don't realize the impact their trash has on wildlife. This adolescent hyena was actually using this bottle to play keep-away with its siblings. Fortunately the bottle didn't break, and when the hyenas departed, the bottle was collected and disposed of properly. Make a difference today, choose #PlanetorPlastic, choose the planet! Let's leave only wild in our wild places. Follow @kengeiger and see more images from Africa. #photooftheday #instagood 🌍 LEAVE A COMMENT with your thoughts in the comment box below _____________________________________ ______ __ Thanks For Reading 🙏🏼🦋 FOLLOW 👉 @africansafariconnection #africansafariconservation 🦏 _____________________________________________________ #lion #conservation #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #smile #lion #cat #cats #photography #photo #photooftheday #photographer #animal #animals #africa #african #hug #wild #wildlife #wildlifephotography
We are incredibly happy to announce that the proceeds from our safari auction to the beautiful @singita_ Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe's Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve will be going to the child supplementary feeding program run by the Singita Malilangwe Trust. The program was started in response to the 2002 drought that resulted in widespread malnutrition and illness amongst the local children. It now provides daily nutrition to over 19,000 children from surrounding communities and feeds approximately 300 children per day. Our partners across the continent are dedicated to their work in conservation and human empowerment, but we couldn’t do what we do without you! Thank you so much to everyone for your numerous and generous bids at the auction and for your continued support.
Last month, Director of Operations Ally Lebron, had the privilege of visiting the team at @olpejeta in central Kenya. With the recent passing of Sudan, Ol Pejeta’s rhino conservation efforts have been highlighted on the world’s stage. The Conservancy continues to do great work for over 110 critically endangered black rhinos, as well as the remaining two Northern white rhinos Fatu and Najin. Ol Pejeta’s impressive K9 Anti-Poaching Team works hard to protect the reserve and its other endangered species (Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, spotted hyena and the African wild dog to name a few). It is also the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees in a dedicated sanctuary – which was founded in partnership with Jane Goodall. The work Ol Pejeta does on behalf of wildlife is outstanding and makes them a true role model in conservation!
We couldn’t resist sharing this amazing photo of a pangolin sighting in Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. Despite being incredibly rare to see in the wild, the scaly creatures are one of the world’s most trafficked animals and their numbers are declining rapidly. You can read more about the plight of the pangolin on the @tikkihywoodtrust page and if you would like to donate to any of our projects across Africa that specialise in wildlife conservation and the protection of endangered species, please click the link in our bio 🙏🏼 #Repost @gonarezhou with @get_repost ・・・ A recent visitor to Gonarezhou had the incredible privilege of seeing this baby pangolin with it’s mother whilst she was out foraging for ants in the late afternoon. Pangolins are known to carry their young on their backs like this from the time that the babies are about one month old. But to witness this in the wild is very unusual and special. Pangolin are endangered, and currently have the dubious distinction of being the world’s most trafficked mammal. The Gonarezhou Conservation Trust has formed a partnership with the @tikkihywoodtrust to rewild pangolins confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade, whilst also gathering vital information about this species that can help us safeguard their future. Read more about this project on the Trust’s website at http://gonarezhou.org/conservation/ecological-monitoring/pangolin-project/ Thanks Elsa Bussiere, for sharing this very special sighting with us. . . . . #tikkihywoodfoundation #gonarezhou #antipoaching #wildlifephotography #photography #wild #special #lucky
We were delighted to read that Prince William is to spend the next few days travelling across Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania in his capacity as the president of the United for Wildlife conservation group. The trip is a precursor to the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London on the 11th – 12th October which will bring global leaders together in a discussion on how to better protect the world’s wildlife and endangered species 🌍 #Repost @tusk_org with @get_repost ・・・ This evening Tusk's Royal Patron, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, is embarking on a tour to Namibia and Tanzania to visit the Tusk projects playing an integral part in the fight to #endwildlifecrime. . . Prince William is being accompanied on the trip by Tusk's CEO and founder Charlie Mayhew (second image right) and Naomi Doak, the Head of Conservation Programmes at The Royal Foundation and United for Wildlife (second image left). They flew from Heathrow this evening on a British Airways A380 aircraft displaying the message #endwildlifecrime . . Follow us over the next week as we share news and updates from the field. . . Images from Tim Whitby/Getty
Happy #WorldGorillaDay! Thank you to organizations like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund for dedicating their life’s work to ensuring the survival of these majestic creatures. #Repost @savinggorillas (@get_repost) ・・・ It’s #WorldGorillaDay! Dian Fossey started her pioneering work 51 years ago today--at the time it was thought mountain gorillas would go extinct by the year 2000. Instead, their numbers are increasing. But with only 1,000 left, they remain one of the planet’s most endangered animals. That is why we continue Dian Fossey’s legacy of protection 365 days a year. Learn more about our work and how YOU can help save gorillas at gorillafund.org. #dianfossey #ellendegenereswildlifefund
We are thrilled to announce that the grant for @wearewilderness , raised from our safari auction in May, will be going to the Wilderness Wildlife Trust. The Trust supports a wide variety of programs across Africa and the grant will go towards education and training for local communities in the areas Wilderness operates in, seeking solutions to save and protect endangered species, and addressing the needs of existing wildlife populations. Thank you to everyone for bidding so generously and of course to the winners of the fabulous safaris! 🙌🏻
Our dear friend and work partner, @jamessuter , reminding us why we do what we do. Africa really is the most incredible continent, filled with magical wildlife and life-changing experiences- and it’s our aim to keep it that way so our grandchildren’s children can enjoy it just as we do today ❤️ To make a donation to any of our wildlife or community projects across the continent, please click the link in our bio 🙏🏼 #Repost @jamessuter with @get_repost ・・・ One of the more special encounters I shared with some guests on a recent trip to Botswana. Being introduced to tiny, two week old lion cubs made our morning while tracking lions in the Selinda Reserve @greatplainsconservation #savelions #lions #botswana #savebigcats #conservation #wildlifephotography
Today we’re looking back on our amazingly successful trip to South Africa this June. As part of the trip our Empowers team spent some time at Somkhanda, a Big Five community reserve, and lent a helping hand in collaring some of the elephants. Collaring allows the team on the ground to keep track of elephant numbers and understand the social integration patterns and behaviour of the herds and how they interact. A fascinating experience! #Repost @kriegerhemingway with @get_repost ・・・ During this June’s Empowers Africa trip to South Africa hosted by Wildlands and Wildlife ACT, we had the unique opportunity of collaring two elephant bulls for conservation purposes. Collaring elephants helps ensure an elephant’s safety from both human wildlife conflict and from poaching. Collaring an animal this large can be extremely tricky but the experienced team made up of Wildlands/WildTrust ( @WildlandsSA), Wildlife ACT ( @WildlifeACT) and Dr. Mike Toft ( @DrMikeToft of Kirafru Wildlife Veternary Services) did a phenomenal job of making sure they were safely collared. The elephants are located @SomkhandaGameReserve – a big 5 community owned reserve operated by Wildands. Thank you to Andrew Venter (@Andrew.Venter), CEO of WILDTRUST, for making our trip such a valuable learning experience! We were also joined by the highly talented @JamesSuter and @Oli_Caldow of @BlackBeanProductions – thank you for taking such great pics and videos of the exceptional conservation work done on this trip! This trip was organized in conjunction with @charity_travel @EmpowersAfrica @Sam_thegirl @KatherineKrieger @Konrad.Krieger @AishaHaque @MariamCraig @ColinCraig14 @HarrisonCraig20 @MarthaMcGuinness @MaggieMcGinness @HeatherMnuchin #elephants #elephant #stoppoaching #wildlifeprotection #endextinction #saveanimals #antipoaching #ivory #stopivorytrade #wildlife #africa #charitytravel
We are absolutely devastated to hear the news that almost 90 elephants have been killed in a poaching spree in Botswana. The tusks of all 87 animals, found during an aerial survey by @elephantswithoutborders , had been cruelly chopped off. The incident is even more shocking considering Botswana’s reputation as a wildlife safe haven. The country is home to the largest population of elephants in Africa but events like these show that no matter how much work, time, money and energy is poured into anti-poaching operations, organised poaching gangs can still wipe out large herds with impunity. The incident also sadly coincides with a change in government and a recent decision to disarm anti-poaching patrols in Botswana. As alarming and upsetting as the news is, please share far and wide. It’s a heart-breaking reminder that the fight against poaching is far from over and that we must do everything we can to spread the word and ensure the message is being heard by those that matter ❤️ 🐘 📷 by @simon_smith_photography
We’re getting the week off to a fantastic start and are delighted to announce that the grant for @thornybush_collection , raised from our auction in May, is going the Inzalo Community Project’s Utah Garden. One of the project’s most successful initiatives, the garden is run by volunteer mothers who sell their fresh veggies back to the safari lodges around the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. The garden also contributes to the feeding programs at the primary schools in the area and provides hearty good parcels for the women who work in the garden. 🍅 🌽 🌶 Thank you so much to everyone for your numerous and generous bids and for continued support for everything we do 🙏🏼