Sunday, 13 January 2013

Time to take stock

With all the excitement of a New Year and planning for the year to come, it's also good to take stock and in our case confirm that our Safaris continue to maintain the aims that we set out with.
As many of you will know, Carol and I started On Track Safaris with two equal, yet simple aims that are at the very heart of all that we do:

  • To support our work in wildlife conservation 
  • To provide a unique safari that not only provides exciting game viewing opportunities and quality accommodation, but also enables our guests to go beyond the normal tourist rhetoric and be involved with our work in conservation.

We have been very fortunate to receive some wonderful reviews for our safaris, but moreover make many new friendships with safari guests who become part of our INGWE family, and keep in touch with our work in conservation from wherever they are in the world.
Our leopard research has been ongoing for quite a while, but was given a boost in Feb 2012, when zoologist Tara Pirie joined the team to head up our work at our safari base on the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve. Many of you will know Tara from her time as a TV presenter in the Sabi Sands, but it is her passion for leopards that shines through.
Of-course conservation starts with young people. We're actively involved with local schools, helping to improve the facilities and encouraging the youngsters to learn more about wildlife and conservation.
2012 saw us significantly improve our research facilities and make some key links with other institutions aimed at using scientifically achieved data to help make wildlife management decisions.
So what of the future? There is no doubt that we have a long way to go with regard to protecting free roaming leopards, but we'll make it.
Join us on Safari in 2013 and 'Experience the Difference'

Written by Will Fox

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