– 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
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.
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
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 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.
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
Easter Island was once a pristine tropical island thriving with life, primarily in the form of palm forests. After the arrival of Polynesian settlers, however, the ecosystem was transformed into a barren desert. These early inhabitants known as the Rapa Nui used the palm trees and their products for virtually everything: food, shelter, canoes, firewood,
By Fortunate M. Phaka (Youth 4 African Wildlife Project Leader) “ Demand reduction is something we have neglected in Africa. As important as other anti-poaching measures are we have to reach the hearts and minds of consumers. We have to change their behaviour. I believe that most of the demand is generated because those consumers
After spending nearly a month in the South African bush, I have become more and more intrigued with the rhino horn poaching issue. After extensive research on the matter, I have found that it is a real crisis and if things keep progressing at this rate, the rhino will go extinct within the next decade.
Say you are on a safari with your family. You are in the wild, surrounded by the beautiful South African savannah, and you notice on the horizon a female white rhino and her calf sauntering towards your vehicle, grazing as they go. Maybe you see their beauty, maybe you are afraid of their power, or
As a mega-herbivore, a plant-eater of more than 2,000 pounds in size, the rhinoceros is a largely visible and incredibly important portion of the African ecosystem. Due to its size alone, the rhinoceros does a brilliant job of clearing small shrubs and trees as it moves through an area. By clearing a plentiful amount of
Our world is made up of carefully balanced ecosystems, where different components rely on each other. With increasing human interference over the past decades, these natural cycles have been disrupted and destroyed. As wildlife starts disappearing from ecosystems, the whole system is thrown out of balance. This cycle can essentially be described as the trophic
Gold. Diamonds. Rhino horn. What do these three things have in common? They are all extremely sought after luxury goods. Rhino horn is currently one of the most expensive luxury goods in the world, selling for about $60,000 per kilogram. Each rhino horn itself is approximately 1kg-3kg, so an entire horn can sell for upwards
By Fortunate M. Phaka Introduction Our environment consists of complex and interconnected relationships with different systems cooperating in ways that are not as yet fully understood. Studying and conserving the environment requires a multidisciplinary and also interdisciplinary approach to ensure survival of all beings including us. Rhino conservation should not be exempt from this approach and
After completing her Youth 4 African Wildlife Internship in 2014, Lianna Nixon returned back to Boulder, Colorado to continue her studies at University of Colorado’s Classics department. Since then, Lianna has been greatly involved with educating her community on wildlife issues that vary on an international scale. She organized the Global March For Elephants And
Interview with Jamie Joseph, founder of savingthewild.com – empowering Global Citizens to be a force for good.
After completing her Youth 4 African Wildlife internship, Sarah returned to her film and theatre studies at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Since her internship she has gained the confidence to truly see a project through; from start to finish, and from the rough spots to the easy spots. This past semester she directed a
EXPLICIT WARNING This video should not be viewed by small children. It MUST be viewed by animal lovers, poachers, wildlife traffickers and consumers of elephant tusks or rhino horn. An elephant is killed for its ivory every 15 minutes. There are less than 450,000 left in Africa. A rhino is killed for its horn every 8 hours. There are less than 27,000 rhinos left
Global March for Elephants and Rhinos took place in 136 cities globally.
Clara Bowe is one of our 2014 interns and upon return to the US she started her Masters degree in Environmental Conservation at New York University. Besides her studies Clara has also been doing a host of other things while continuing to be a force for good. She has been taking classes in non profit
After completing her internship in 2014 Vanina Harel started a Masters degree in film and electronic media at American University in Washington DC, specializing in wildlife and environmental documentary production. She has so far produced several documentaries, including a short-film on sustainable farming in Virginia and a 30-minute documentary on the Chesapeake Bay for Maryland
The founder of Youth 4 African Wildlife, Dex Kotze, and one of our former interns, Fortunate M. Phaka, along with others involved in rhino conservation efforts recently made presentations to the South African government’s rhino committee of inquiry concerning possible ways to solve the poaching crisis. The committee was established to deliberate on the possibility
Rhino poaching is not a local problem anymore; it is a global issue. Five young people from around the world came to South Africa to work together and make a difference. They had 50 days to raise global awareness and funds to help save the African rhino from extinction.
Global March For Elephants & Rhinos strategist and Y4AW founder’s presentation for the Rhino Commission of Inquiry
The South African government’s Rhino Commission of Inquiry will be hosting a 3 day stakeholder workshop from the 25th to the 27th of March 2015. During the 3 days they will listen to presentations and also consider information regarding possible solutions to curbing rhino poaching. Dex Kotze, the founder of Youth 4 African Wildlife (Y4AW),
Y4AW ambassador Kate Ochsman delves into the world of canned lion hunting and uses her interview with lion whisperer, Kevin Richardson, to highlight the various issues surrounding Canned Hunting such as the difference between canned hunting and ethical hunting, and the manipulation of volunteers. This film also features footage from Chris Mercer of cannedlion.org. https://youtu.be/4dEl7c1zFAI?list=UUw0GsPp9l3tMKZTUssE9MFA
Our January 2015 interns talk about the dos and don’ts of responsible. A ‘How-To’ video to ensure that you don’t unwittingly contribute to animal cruelty when travelling to new places. Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJi6qiQlMcU [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJi6qiQlMcU&w=560&h=315]