07
Mar
2018
PROTECTING PANGOLINS, SCALES ‘N’ ALL

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.

26
Feb
2018
HOW NATURE TOURISM SAVED WALKER BAY’S EXTRAORDINARY FYNBOS

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…

16
Feb
2018
IS THIS THE NEW FACE OF CONSERVATION?

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.

Environmentalist Matt Mellen visits Alladale Wilderness Reserve – via theeuropeannaturetrust.com
20
Nov
2017
RESURRECTING WILD PLACES

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.

27
Sep
2017
FIVE WAYS TO ADDRESS THE CONSERVATION FUNDING SHORTFALL

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.

28
Aug
2017
ARE WE AT WAR?

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?

23
Jun
2017
TALKING COMMUNITIES AND CONSERVATION WITH CHRISTABELLE PEECH

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.

02
May
2017
“I’M STILL ALIVE.”

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.

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