August 2015 – Wilderness Safaris recently hosted some of the world’s leading conservationists at a knowledge-sharing workshop in Johannesburg to share valuable learnings about conservation philanthropy, ecosystem restoration and faunal reintroductions in India, South America and Africa, and to help shape future conservation initiatives in these regions.
Wilderness Safaris, together with representatives from 11 different organisations (African Parks, African Wildlife Foundation, andBeyond, BirdLife South Africa, Endangered Wildlife Trust, E Oppenheimer & Son, Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, Singita, The Conservation Land Trust and UNISA) gathered to discuss the similarities and differences between the African, Indian and South American experiences in ecosystem restoration and large mammal reintroduction, and debate potential synergies and shared learnings.
“After recently returning from a week of workshops in Argentina hosted by The Conservation Land Trust (TCLT), we realised the importance of collectively sharing our conservation learnings with other leading industry players across multiple continents and were delighted to invite Ignacio Jiminez-Perez from TCLT to join us in Johannesburg to talk on the South American experience with large-scale land philanthropy, ecosystem restoration and relocation of large mammals like giant anteaters, jaguars and peccaries”, said Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Roche.
In addition, Les Carlisle was invited to share the case study of andBeyond’s gaur relocation experience in India, providing valuable learnings for future approaches in Africa, and vice versa. Various other recent projects, such as that of African Parks with lion in Rwanda (Akagera National Park) and Wilderness Safaris with black rhino in Botswana, amongst others, all provided useful counterpoints in the discussions that followed the formal presentations.
“We really enjoyed hosting such a remarkable group of conservation leaders at our Johannesburg office and pooling our learnings for future conservation initiatives in our respective areas of influence. It is invaluable to drive this type of knowledge sharing to protect the ongoing biodiversity of our pristine wilderness areas across the planet and we’re proud that Africa has been able to lead the way in these efforts”, Roche added.