– by Guest Blogger Have you ever considered doing a conservation student volunteer program? The prices for the various programs available are extremely high. If the end goal is to educate one and give them the necessary skill set to make their voices heard in conservation, then this leads us to the question; are you
Shared via Africa Geographic. The best safari is when you make a real difference during your travels. Imagine combining the splendour of those breathtaking African sunsets with outstanding Big 5 encounters and contributing to conservation solutions for Africa. Conservation’s need for innovation and tourism’s efforts to be more responsible have given rise to an immersive
‘A Bilingual Guide to the Frogs of Zululand’ is the first in a planned series of publications that author Fortunate Mafeta Phaka (who is also our project director) calls ‘people friendly’ wildlife publications. This book is the first South African frog field guide to be written in an indigenous language. The writing process took two
5 Ways Nature Can Help Youth to Beat Anxiety – by Marcus Clarke Anxiety is frequent experienced by many people in the busy world in which we live. Research have uncovered that the most likely time for a person to develop an anxiety disorder is during childhood and adolescence. According to the National Institute of
Watch our founder Dex Kotze on a TV show called Play Your Part as he discusses his conservation work and the importance of youth empowerment. “Play Your Part is a nationwide movement created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring
Youth 4 African Wildlife intern and Mexican national Luly Alvarez beautifully summarizes her time as a volunteer intern in Africa and what she has learned about Africa’s conservation challenges. Save! Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv2CUsFK6cI
The Now or Never Future Conservation Heroes competition is in full swing. Learners from 2 high schools in the Mthimkhulu community are writing essays about the importance of conservation to their community and schools. Winners of this essay writing competition will get an all expenses paid stay at a nearby nature reserve. The winners will
Bloodline: Now or Never described as; “a hard-hitting fictional take on the international rhino horn trade”, is the first fictional action movie centered around the rhino poaching crisis. Gabriel (played by Tariku Bogale) wants to stop the international trade in illegal wildlife products. Tariku is determined to make a difference in the real-life fight against
Now or Never African Wildlife Trust -NPC A NEW wildlife organisation has launched with the aim of saving EVERY SINGLE surviving rhino or elephant victim of poaching. The Now or Never African Wildlife Trust (NNAWT) http://www.now-or-neverafrica. org/) brings together key players in the war on poaching with a masterplan to create 10 safe havens across
#WorldWildlifeDay On our 2013 Anti-poaching campaign we were joined by three celebrities,Christie Brinkley, Bai Ling, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, in support of our cause.
The history of the ivory trade since the colonial era paints a depressing picture about the fate of elephants. Between 1860 and 1920 roughly 33,000 tonnes of ivory were shipped from Africa to the British Empire – the equivalent of 1.1 million elephants. Approximately 100,000 elephants were slaughtered per year in Africa from 1850 to
Tsavo National Park in Kenya is probably on every wildlife enthusiast’s bucket list. Renowned for its stories of man-eating lions, and admired for its famous elephants covered in red dust and the Critically Endangered hirola, a trip to Tsavo imbues tranquility in the African wilderness with the prospect of observing big tuskers in their natural environment. Spanning
by Fortunate M. Phaka & Darian Hall More than seven years into the current poaching crisis and well over 3000 poached rhinos later Kruger National Park should be one of the most well protected reserves in South Africa. Being one of the most popular self-drive safari destinations in Africa should make Kruger a well-patrolled reserve
by Fortunate M. Phaka The more than 180 nations that are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) must be commended for some tough decisions they have taken in the past. These are decisions that have contributed immensely to protection of endangered wildlife from the illegal
Press Release On Heritage Day, Saturday 24th September 2016 the seventeenth meeting of the conference of the parties to CITES (COP17) the world’s largest wildlife conference, opens at the Sandton Convention Centre. With its 183 members CITES remains the world’s most powerful tool in the conservation, through the regulation of the international trade of over
We went to Botswana with the aim of teaching conservation education and what we learned about children from disadvantaged communities was contrary to popular belief. These children were extremely smart, they had passion for wildlife, and also understood conservation issues. We learned that a large part of conservation education was connecting conservation to people’s lives.
by Darian Hall & Fortunate M. Phaka We had the honour of being hosted by Limpopo-Lipadi nature reserve at their research house for 6 nights during July 2016. The main purpose of our visit was to join the reserve’s conservation education program as educators to 5 learners that were also afforded the privilege of spending
Much of the work that goes into conservation awareness has to do with educating the youth of tomorrow. Doing so allows for those future conservation heroes that we are very much in need of to have a proper base to stand on for their future endeavors. In the few weeks spent working with Youth 4
I am Cecil. I am Africa. I am a lion. I battle to grasp man’s relentless exploitation and injury to this beautiful world, the manipulation over centuries, with no end in sight. I have to ask, probe, and dissect; yet I fail to understand. Man cannot change his past, but he can shape his future.
As we prepare to welcome a new batch of interns we take a look at a few of the many highlights of our July 2015 internship.
Written by: Fortunate M. Phaka What the world thinks I do. To the world I am a hopeless romantic head over hills in love with anything wild. My love is unconditional, always willing to lay my life on the line to save that one ancient tree or that rare butterfly. The world sees me as
Wild Aid continue their outstanding demand reduction work. This time they team up with a dynamic group of South African celebrities to drive home an important message; “Poaching Steals From Us All” Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/Ek6Xq-C1JO8
Our favourite APU, the Black Mambas, welcome the world to South Africa for CoP17. Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC0OpwUhVZU&feature=youtu.be
Gain hands-on conservation experience while living in the South African bushveld. Chosen candidates will also acquire photography and filmmaking skills, and learn how to use those skills in combination with social media to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s endangered wildlife. This internship also imparts valuable team-building and leadership skills to the young adults
The recent Southern African drought is considered one of the worst the region has ever experienced. Besides accelerated climate change there are other factors that contribute to worsening the effects of this particular drought. Some of these include water infrastructure that does not keep up with the region’s rapidly growing population and developments that confine
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, welcomes the world to her country for the 17th CITES Conference of the Parties and calls for cooperation in conservation matters. Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auhGQtZOwh8&feature=youtu.be
Our Project Leader, Fortunate M. Phaka, recently got invited to be a guest on SABC’s Newsroom Live, to speak about his involvement in conservation and his work for Youth 4 African Wildlife. We were a bit scared that having cameras turned on him would be intimidating but he handled himself quite well. (SABC News is
Prince Ea gives us a brief but chilling summary of the enormous amounts of damage we have caused in the short time that we have been on earth. Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrzbRZn5Ed4
An apology letter to future generations poetically delivered by Prince Ea. If we don’t change our attitudes towards the environment and the world in general, we will only have an apology to offer future generations. “Sorry for all the destruction.” Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRLJscAlk1M
by Liam Filtness (Guest Blogger) 18 year old Liam shares the story of how passion for wildlife photography and filmmaking helped him build confidence and overcome anxiety. For the last 4 years I have suffered from bad anxiety issues. This has resulted in me not wanting to leave my house, not meeting up with my
A few months after General Jooste warned of a looming elephant poaching crisis in Kruger National Park there are news reports estimating that 12 elephants were killed inside the park over a period of 7 weeks. This is alarming as incidents of elephant poaching in the park were rare. Could the elephant poaching crisis be
by Fortunate M. Phaka 03 October 2015: Young South Africans from all walks of life filled the busy streets of Sandton and demanded a stop to the injustices associated with poaching and canned lion hunting. Traffic was brought to a standstill as they marched in protest for a better future for them and countless animals
by Fortunate M. Phaka South Africa 1976: A group of young people take a stand against an oppressive education system. The event goes down in history as the Soweto Uprising and those young people become immortalised as one of the greatest youth movements South Africa and the world has ever seen. Their legacy lives on
Will elephants be extinct by 2025? Ivory road explains how the road leads to elephant collaring being such a necessary measure. It talks about what the road ahead looks like for African elephants. Ivory road gives a brief summary of the elephant poaching crisis and possible ways of stopping the rampant illegal trade in ivory.
By Fortunate M. Phaka Everyone involved in conservation has a story of how it all began. Some had passion for wildlife and it translated into a lifelong dedication. Some got involved after finding out that our destruction of the environment eventually affects our wellbeing. Others got involved purely because of the prospect of monetary gain
The year is 2050 and the global population of wild lions is zero. After spending almost 4 weeks in South Africa hoping to see the mighty king of the jungle a tourist starts asking “What happened to the lions?” Despite warnings from experts and pleas from activists we could not save lions from going extinct.
Most efforts to save rhinos from extinction have been focused on protection and taking out the poaching foot soldiers; the people responsible for shooting rhinos and hacking off their horns. The rhinos’ last shot in race against extinction could be demand reduction campaigns, stricter laws and political will by concerned governments. This video was put