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It’s an absolute privilege to work with organisations like the @grumetifund when things like this happen. Read on to find out what @sophy_roberts has to say about this special wilderness area on the edge of the Serenegti and those that work there.... #Repost @sophy_roberts with @get_repost ・・・ When Rian Labuschagne - one of Africa’s most highly regarded conservationists - first walked through Grumeti Reserve in 2002, he barely saw a single buffalo in five days. This buffer zone fringing Serengeti National Park had been obliterated by professional hunters, bushmeat traders and everyone else in between. Cut to 2019 - and an accumulated conservation spend of $50 million by the private donor-financed @grumetifund - and 20 per cent of elephants in the Serengeti ecosystem now pass through the reserve every year. They breed largely unmolested, as if they know they’re safe. This has much to do with an extraordinary donation made by the late Paul Allen’s company @vulcaninc: Earth Ranger technology, which is revolutionising the way in which the @grumetifund anti-poaching team operates. The system blinks and thinks in a secure logistics HQ to provide real time data across the whole reserve. I can’t film from inside that super-brain - but it’s poetry in technology on a species-saving scale.

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You may have heard about the incredible mission to relocate five black rhino from Europe to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park in the last week and @sophy_roberts was on the ground to witness it. Here’s what she had to say about the historical event and, just as importantly, the people who made it happen ❤️ #Repost @sophy_roberts with @get_repost ・・・ Today was a day of remarkable encounters - not just with the five Eastern Black #rhinos that flew in yesterday from Prague to #Rwanda to be released into the wild in the country’s thriving @akagerapark, but with the brilliant men and women working day and night to secure their future. These are unusual people: the vets, rangers, park director Jes Gruner, his wonderful wife Sarah, the cooks, washer-uppers, and quite possibly one of the most magnificent unsung heroes I have encountered in the conservation universe: Jan Zdarek, a Czech keeper. From the age of four, when he was growing up in the grey days of Communism, he dreamt of Africa. Aged 15, he got work at @safariparkdvurkralove. For the next 36 years, he devoted his life caring for rhinos raised in captivity. “You get into a dispute with a rhino, and they are able to forgive you. This makes them different to other animals,” Jan told me. He is with them now, comforting the rhinos as they get used to African soil between their toes for the first time: “Saying goodbye to them will be hard, but this is where they belong.” Never a truer word spoken. For more - see Instastories and @africanparksnetwork #onassignment #visitrwanda #onceinalifetime

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@sophy_roberts has just been in the Kyambura Gorge, Uganda, to visit the incredible (but small) population of 27 chimpanzees. The gorge is in Queen Elizabeth National Park but sadly these chimps have been all but isolated from the rest of the park as a result of deforestation and encroaching communities.⁣ ⁣ Help is at hand, howver, and the team of dedicated rangers, along with Volcanoes Kyambura Lodge, are doing everything they can to protect the chimpanzees. It’s tireless and often thankless work but it’s these very people who will allow wildlife populations to flourish - and that’s what the world needs right now. ⁣ #Repost @sophy_roberts with @get_repost ・・・ When our ancestors are hanging on by a thread, what does that mean for our descendants? #wildlifeconservation #primates #greatapes

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Happy International Giraffe Day!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Today, the 21st June, is the most important day of the year for giraffe. This year, @giraffe_conservation , the only Africa-wide organisation dedicated to the conservation of giraffe, are focussing on the Twiga (giraffe) Tracker. They aim to fit 250 GPS satellite units to giraffe throughout Africa to help them understand how and where the animals move and informing their conservation efforts on the ground. This has become more important in recent years with the declining number of giraffes across the continent, leading them to now be officially classified as Endangered. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Photo by @sheldricktrust

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For the next couple of weeks, we will be joining journalist @sophy_roberts as she travels to Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania tackling a number of different issues orientated around wildlife conservation and the effect it has on local communities and people. In the words of Sophy herself, “In this day and age, it is blatantly clear: the two cannot and should never be separated, even on a ‘safari’ holiday.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We’re looking forward to sharing her journey with you so stay tuned for more updates…⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸 @michaelturek ⁣⁣

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Across the continent, there are so many women working in conservation whose determination and general kick-ass hard work often goes unnoticed. But, thanks to the amazing team @riseofthematriarch , their stories are being told - and that’s something we definitely want to celebrate. So, here’s to women doing the jobs that matter. We thank you. #Repost @riseofthematriarch with @get_repost ・・・ Sunset with the @theblackmambas. The first all-female anti-poaching unit to exist, these women are hardcore. They are brave. But also intuitive, passionate and driven. They do things their way, and they are creating waves in the Greater Kruger area as they patrol the reserve, are incredibly active within their communities, focussed on educating the youth, and simultaneously work to mitigate conflict daily and work in tense situations. They work to protect the wildlife, decrease poaching incidents and remove snares. Photo by @jamessuter #riseofthematriarch #womenforwildlife #endextinction #saverhino

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⁣ We are delighted to announce the first of our grants raised from our fabulous safari auction in April this year.⁣ ⁣ First up is @naturalselectiontravel whose grant will go toward The Desert Lion Project in north-western Namibia. The lions in this arid, desert area are a uniquely adapted population that survive some of the most challenging conditions faced by the species: a water-stressed environment, a highly variable prey base and human conflict. ⁣ ⁣ Over the last two decades, the Desert Lion Project has been documenting the near disappearance and slow recovery of these desert-adapted lions. To combat the rise of conflict with livestock herders, the project is implementing an automatic monitoring and early warning system that hopes to prevent further conflict with livestock herders. Using new satellite collars and communications software, the system warns farmers of nearby lions so herders can corral livestock and prevent predation.⁣ ⁣ Our grant will go towards the ongoing research and purchase of new equipment, aimed to prevent the devastating consequences of human/wildlife conflict 🦁

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Celebrating what would have been Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s 85th birthday with the graduation of three young elephants to the Voi Reintegration Unit at @sheldricktrust - a step towards their new, totally wild lives. She would have been so proud! ❤️🐘 #Repost @sheldricktrust with @get_repost ・・・ Today would have been Dame Daphne Sheldrick's 85th birthday. While she is no longer with us in body, she is very much here in spirit. Daphne's passion and compassion for wildlife spanned a lifetime. She pioneered the Orphans’ Project, developing the techniques to successfully raise orphaned milk-dependent elephants and help them reclaim their birthright when grown: a life back in the wild among their own kind. Because of the foundations laid by Daphne, more than 244 orphaned elephants have been saved and over 130 of those have already reintegrated back to the wild. This morning, three more orphans rescued by the SWT took a giant step in that direction as they graduated from our Nursery to our Voi Reintegration Unit. The first of our three Reintegration Units that now exist, the Voi stockades were originally built by David Sheldrick and sit behind Daphne and David's former home in Tsavo. This is where the Orphans' Project began, and today we see three youngsters — all of whom were saved by the project Daphne developed — taking the next step in a journey that will, one day, lead them back to a truly wild life. What better way to pay tribute to our founder’s remarkable legacy. _________ Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #DaphneSheldrick #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #rescue #adopt

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We’ve reported before that lion numbers are in decline across many African countries, so it was with delight that we read they are actually on the increase in some areas. Thank you again to @africanparksnetwork for making what sometimes seems like the impossible into a reality ❤️🦁 #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost ・・・ While @zakouma_national_park is known for its growing elephant herd, did you know that there are approximately 120 lions living there too? Large prides can often be found lounging in the shade avoiding the mid-day heat; feasting on fresh kills on the floodplains; or heard calling at night from the tourism lodges in the park. Lions are under threat across their range, with fewer than 20,000 remaining in Africa – but Zakouma and other parks under our management in Benin, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, DRC and even CAR, are slowly becoming refuges for Africa’s iconic but severely threatened cat. We’re pleased to be working with the @lionrecovery who have provided several grants to us, including in Zakouma, where we hope to answer critical questions and provide a bright future for Africa’s lions. 📷 @lifethroughalensphotography #africanparks #zakouma #lions #predators #threatened #bigcats #wildlife #conservation #chad #forceforgood

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"The future of African elephants is inextricably linked to the well-being of the continent’s rural people. They often must suffer the costs of living with large, dangerous animals without deriving much if any benefit from that coexistence. Perhaps solving the elephant crisis means treating it as an issue of human rights and social justice, says Maxi Louis, director of the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations, rather than solely one of wildlife conservation." 🐘 You may have heard the news that Botswana has lifted the ban on elephant hunting. Whether or not the decision was politically motivated, and whatever consequences it has for the country, it has succeeded in sparking debate on the future of elephants in Africa. Click on the link in our bio to read this article from @natgeo that examines whether we must treat the elephant crisis as an issue of human rights and social justice, rather than simply one of wildlife conservation... 📸 @jamessuter

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These words by @wildlife_act rang very true this morning and reminded us to thank all our dedicated teams, rangers, people and conservationists on the ground across Africa for the incredible work they do in saving the continent’s most iconic species. So, thank you 🙏🏼 #Repost @wildlife_act with @get_repost ・・・ Our #wildlife faces the ultimate challenge of survival each and every day in the face of an ever-growing human population. The biggest challenge we face as conservationists, is the persecution of the species we are trying to protect – from an ongoing loss and fragmentation of their natural habitat, the wire snares of the bush-meat hunters, the poaching and poisoning of animals for body parts, to the people and disease-carrying domestic animals who come into contact with wildlife outside of protected areas. Photo by Manfred Suter Photography #elephants #africanelephants #wildlifeprotection #saveourwildlife #africanwildlifeconservation

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Happy Africa Day! May the next year be filled with a love and appreciation for our beautiful continent and a respect for all its wildlife, big and small, endangered or otherwise ❤️ 📸 @lucienbeaumont via @singita_

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We were recently asked to help fund the amazing @brave_rockgirls on their road trip through Kenya, in partnership with @unearth_kenya and @global_girl_media After two weeks of media and conservation training, the fearless girls travelled around some of Kenya’s most well-known national parks, meeting and learning from women in the local communities, who challenged them and encouraged them to do even more to protect the rights of girls across the continent and make a difference. The trip ended in Nairobi last week and the girls are now ready to go back to their own communities and educate and empower. Good luck ladies! We are humbled by your resilience and amazing potential ❤️

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The groundbreaking new film, Eye of the Pangolin, is now available for the world to watch on YouTube! The story of two men on a mission to share the wonders of all four species of pangolin, the documentary is ambitious and eye-opening and will open your eyes to the plight of the most trafficked species in the world. To watch, head on over to @pangolinafrica and click the link in their bio, or search for them on YouTube. Go on- make a cuppa, login and settle down to watch and help save these amazing creatures ❤️

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The inimitable @africanparksnetwork doing what they do best in Malawi 🙌🏻 With their position at the top of the food chain, it’s often wrongly assumed that Africa’s big cats aren’t in any danger, but with threats like human/wildlife conflict, the demand for their fur, and practices like canned hunting for lion, they need our help as much as ever. #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost ・・・ @liwonde_national_park’s predators are thriving! We are pleased to share that the seven cheetahs that were reintroduced to Liwonde by the end of 2018 are loving their new home and their population is booming already. Since their reintroduction, we have been lucky enough to welcome four litters of cubs, each with 100% cub survival rate during denning stage and guess what? There is a fifth litter expected very soon! We are also pleased to report that Liwonde’s lions are settling in well. Only reintroduced to the park in mid-2018 it is still early days for these large predators, but the nine individuals have already naturally split up into two prides that spend their time between the vast flood plains and the hilly interior of the park. Liwonde National Park is on the forefront of predator restoration, where the return of these apex predators is part of the larger strategy to restore a naturally, functioning ecological system while conserving these highly valuable species. None of this would be possible without the tremendous ongoing support we receive from the Malawian DNPW, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, @peoplespostcodelottery , Stichting Dioraphte, The Wyss Foundation, @wwfbelgium , the @lionrecovery and the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Photos: 1. Olivia Sievert

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Today, we’re echoing the sentiments of the incredible @olpejeta : the time to act in order to save our planet and all its wonderful species, great and small, is now. Right now. #Repost @olpejeta with @get_repost ・・・ About 1 million species are about to go extinct according to a landmark UN report published on Monday. The health of the ecosystems on which we, and all other species, depend is deteriorating at a terrifying rate. Human activities such as mass consumption and pollution have far reaching consequence on nature, and although there is a slither of hope, there is no escaping the fact that we are in trouble! The death of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet, is a grim reminder that the time to act is now. With only two female northern white rhinos left in the world (Najin and Fatu), the continuity of their species is now dependent on assisted reproduction. Let's work together to make sure that we don't need to take such drastic measures to save the many other creatures in peril. 📷 @amivitale • • • #StopPoaching #Conservation #OneMillionSpecies #IPBS7 #GlobalAssesment #RacingExtinction #NothernWhiteRhino #RememberingSudan #OnlyTwoLeft #SaveTheRhinos #biodiversity

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“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.

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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 ❤️

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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 🦏

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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

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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_

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“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

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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!

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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 😢

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 🦏 _____________________________________________________

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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! ❤️ 🌍

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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

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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.

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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.