Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Wildlife Conservation is we are about.

Will working with a sedated leopard before releasing it on the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve
The reason that Carol and I started a Safari company all those years ago was to help support our work in wildlife conservation and particularly with leopard research. Of-course we also want our guests to enjoy all that an African safari should offer, great bush accommodation and fantastic game viewing, but we go one step (or actually many steps) further, and encourage our guests to be involved with our work in conservation. That involvement will vary depending on each guests wishes, but our aim is to open doors to the world of wildlife conservation that would normally only be accessible to professional conservationists.
Safari guests leaning more about tracking big cats
As seen in the pic at the top of the page, my passion is for leopards but moreover it is for the cause of wildlife conservation in general. Part of that cause is to reach out to the young people of our area and encourage them to understand more about conservation. That starts by helping local schools, for example the kids from Sizo Primary pictured below. We have organised computers for this rural school where under privileged children now (for the first time), have the chance to use computers, which is the first step to gaining their confidence in us and then to lean more about conservation. We can visit local schools as part of each safari if our guests would like to do so. Many have and have also generously donated to supporting our schools program which has been wonderful and long may it continue.
But taking us back to our ethos of enabling guests to be involved with our work in conservation. Take the picture below of Rudi and myself checking a leopard traffic route on our fence line (pic taken by a safari guest). During what seemed like a routine activity, we found Hyena hair on the wire, which lead us to tracking the spoor of a Brown Hyena with all our guest excitedly using their new learned tracking skills to follow up on the clues that nature had left us.
Jon us in Africa and be involved as much or as little as you prefer.

Written by Will Fox
www.ontracksafaris.co.uk

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