7 -min. read Two years after the world was captivated by Oscar-nominated film Virunga, Park Director Emmanuel de Merode explains why tourism is the key to bringing change to the park’s wildlife and communities.
7 -min. read Juliet Kinsman spotlights the direct-action disruptors and forward-looking travel brands eschewing a softly-softly approach and asking travellers to get their hands dirty.
3 -min. read Richard Holmes explores the stargazing opportunities in the remote corner of southwestern Namibia, the home to one of just 11 internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserves.
3 -min. read Richard Holmes introduces the Wolwedans Foundation Trust, a stellar example of how to walk the walk when it comes bringing tangible benefits to the local community.
3 -min. read As the world’s most trafficked mammal, the unassuming pangolin might not fit the title ‘endangered’ – but valid concern for this mammal’s survival has hit now the fan. Heather Richardson fills us in on how tourism and the travel community can protect our scaly friend.
5 -min. read Conservation is the “sexy cause of the moment”: countless celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon to help rescue animal kingdoms – but even with their international reach, are their efforts beneficial – or even appropriate – to the cause at hand?
5 -min. read Plastics are one of the biggest environmental threats – predictions are that if nothing changes by 2025 there will be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish in the ocean. So how can the travel industry help?
4 -min. read The story of how, using money raised from their guests, two activist bear-viewing companies spearheaded a successful campaign to end grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia.
4 -min. read Heather Richardson tells the inspirational tale of how nature tourism revived the almost barren landscape surrounding Grootbos, a luxury lodge a few hours away from Cape Town. See how conservation goals can be achieved with bucketloads of perseverance and collaboration…
4 -min. read Be Good is a series that uncovers travel projects that are not simply paying lip service to the growing importance of doing the right thing. First up is a man who’s fighting against marine pollution by making ‘bottle boats’.
3 -min. read We’ve covered the killing of elephants for their ivory and rhinos for their horn, but it seems there is a new animal under threat: the hippo, the unexpected victim of a most barbaric practice.
8 -min. read With a few exceptions, conservation has traditionally been seen as a man’s world. However, an emerging generation of determined African women are flipping the script and bringing new solutions to Africa’s conservation challenges. Diana Odero and Olivia Squire meet a few of these pioneers.
5 -min. read Let’s put the wild back into the wilderness: Alladale founder Paul Lister is on a rewilding mission to restore balance to the fragile Scottish ecosystem – he explains why support from tourism is a crucial tool in turning his dream into a reality.
3 -min. read Rich Pearce from Africa Geographic shares the key insights he gained at the Conservation Lab 2017.
3 -min. read Dr Andrew Ventre, the CEO of Wildlands, shares the key insights he gained at the Conservation Lab 2017.
3 -min. read Anton Crone from Sarious shares the key insights he gained at the Conservation Lab 2017.
3 -min. read How to translate awareness into action, especially with regard to the role of the travel industry, was a topic on everyone’s lips at the 2017 Conservation Lab. We caught up with Africa Geographic’s Simon Espley to get his take.
1 -min. read Our 2017 Yearbook profiles each and every one of the innovators and visionaries who made the Conservation Lab happen; plus, find video links to the talks, DISCUSS concepts, reflections from participants and more.
2 -min. read At the 2017 Conservation Lab we gathered several leading thinkers in the African conservation sector to discuss the difficulties and opportunities surrounding the funding shortfall in conservation. Our panel outlined five areas worthy of exploration for conservationists, travel brands and the two working in tandem – read the full report here.
3 -min. read Dr Helga Rainer from Arcus Foundation shares the key insights she gained at the Conservation Lab 2017.
4 -min. read ‘Conservation is war’ is a sentiment we often hear these days – and perhaps many readers will agree. But is it a war, or is it wishful thinking on behalf of those who want a decisive end to poaching? And if it is a war, do we really know who the enemy is?
3 -min. read Anton Crone investigates the success of virtual fences in keeping elephants a safe distance from crops and people – saving human and elephant lives in the process.
1 -min. read Watch an impressive collection of innovators, inventors and well-meaning philanthropists working together to push things forward at the Conservation Lab 2017.
1 -min. read At the Conservation Lab, we’re dedicated to sparking innovation that might just change the conservation game – and nowhere is
7 -min. read The subject of how to successfully and sensitively integrate local communities into conservation efforts was a recurring theme at the 2017 Conservation Lab. We caught up with Christabelle Peech, who works on behalf of The Hide Community Trust, The Hide Safari Camp and Hwange National Park, to get her take.
8 -min. read Much to the irritation of his opponents, outspoken palaeonthropologist-cum-conservationist-cum-politician Richard Leakey is not done yet. Ahead of his talk at the Conservation Lab, he spoke to Katie Palmer about climate change, ivory burning and the perspective-shifting power of TV.
5 -min. read We’re reeling from another incredible Conservation Lab in which the most significant names in conservation, travel, technology, behavioural sciences, philanthropy, government and community came together to move the conservation conversation forwards.
5 -min. read From around midday on Saturday, residents of Stellenbosch might have noticed unusual numbers of conservation, travel, technology, behavioural sciences, philanthropy and government experts making their way to the picturesque Spier Wine Farm…
2 -min. read We’re beyond honoured and excited to announce not only his participation, but that this year’s Conservation Lab will also open with a Team Talk from Dr Richard Leakey himself.
3 -min. read The giraffe population has plummeted from an estimated 157,000 to 97,000 in 20 years, with some calling it a silent extinction. But new studies about this misunderstood creature may enhance conservation efforts to protect it.