THE ISSUE

Due to the high growth rate of Africa’s human population, historic ranges for wildlife are under a constant threat. Human-wildlife conflict is increasing and natural habitats are shrinking and becoming isolated from one another. This creates sub-populations of species, increasing the risk of population decline and potential extinction. Human-wildlife conflict brings new threats to livestock and crops as wild animals find ways to survive in their changing environment. Often, this conflict leads to spikes in illegal poaching and reinforces negative attitudes towards wildlife within communities.

THE SOLUTION

Private game reserves are vital because they often sit adjacent to each other or to national parks, expanding habitats where animals can roam freely. Many other areas have huge potential to support struggling species but are not yet viable for tourists. Forward thinking safari operators invest in areas like these, often waiting years to see a profit, because they see the value in establishing or linking existing reserves, thereby creating successful wildlife corridors that will support future low-impact accommodations. This creates employment opportunities for locals which invests them in the well-being of the wildlife.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can donate to this cause directly with either a one-time or monthly donation:

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Here are a few ways you can support efforts to expand wildlife corridors:

  • Ask your consultant which lodges occupy key conservation areas that expand existing habitats for at risk species and plan a visit to these lodges

WHO WE SUPPORT

DUMATAU

This idyllic lodge located within the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA), covering 500,000 kilometers across five countries. Connecting this area is crucial, especially for at-risk species like the African wild dog which thrive in large, undisturbed areas. Wild dogs are one of the species who have been forced to live in isolated sub-populations making them more vulnerable. Scientists are currently researching the movements of especially those dogs who are breaking away from the pack for extended periods to explore new areas to see how successful they will be in potentially regrouping with other sub-populations. They are working to identify important corridors to inform management plans that will help ensure their sustainable survival.

Little Chem Chem

LITTLE CHEM CHEM

This vintage-style camp has seen a resurgence of big game in an area once plagued by local hunting and meat poaching. The lodge was created to expand the existing Chem Chem concession to protect the corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire. The camp is also highly involved within the local community, creating over 140 jobs. Little Chem Chem is now a haven for wildlife and supports a high diversity of animals, especially elephants.