Conservation is the act of preserving, guarding or protecting and the wise use of our natural enviroment. Now that is what Wikipedia or a dictionary would tell us…
To me? It is the people, the men and women working on the ground with the animals among them. Living with them all the time. Without them we would have nothing to conserve! If you listen to them and spend time with them you would realise one thing; It is in most cases the fact that „ I remember my dad telling us about the Rhinos, My mom and dad showing us the wild animals, We went camping in the wild“ as children they were introduced to nature and wildlife.
You can not conserve something that you know nothing about, something that you don’t love.
That is why it is so important to me that we take children on safari, out into the wild. Children in cities needs to experience the wild, even if it is just the woods behind your house. I remember as a kid we used to spend days on end out in the bush. This is where we learned to track, see what is happening around us and learn from the bush…
For me one of the most stunning projects running in the wilderness is called Children in the Wilderness. A project that is funded by Wilderness Safaris and their clients. This is where it all starts. teaching our children how important nature is to us. Only this way would they be able to conserve something they love!
For more information, please visit the „Children in the Wilderness“ Project
Another Project is TOSCO or TOurism Supporting COnservation. Southbound Experience is supporting TOSCO by donating a part of our safarifees to the organisation. This is helping dedicated People like Dr. Flip Stander to do research on the Desert Lions and lion rangers to monitor these lions and to warn cattle farmers when lions are coming closer to their cattle and to help these farmers to chase the lions away from their livestock.
The only way that our wildlife are going to survive is when the local people could live with them in these arid areas. Where the local people living there have a benefit from living among the wildlife.