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Volunteering in Africa

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I've lost touch of the number of people who have written to me over the years asking how to get some practical experience in conservation by volunteering in Africa.  So here it is at last -  my list of volunteering suggestions!

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2014-03-04 05:54:00
 

In the world of elephants

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Elephants and rhinos have been in the news a lot lately, thanks to British royals Prince Charles and William.  Prince William's teamed up with celebrity friends like footballer David Beckham, retired Chinese basketballer Yao Ming, and Hollywood star Jackie Chan to shine a spotlight on the US$18 million dollar illegal wildlife trade industry.  Check out some of the videos targeting consumers of ivory and rhino horn if you haven't seen them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtcXav4cxKc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXDyDUTh_VE

Last week delegates from 46 countries, including China and Vietnam, key countries in the ivory and rhino horn trade, signed the London declaration, agreeing that wildlife crime needs to be treated more seriously.  It's all very encouraging and does demonstrates some level of commitment by governments to addressing the problem.  Time will tell if the effects of the conference will filter down to the ground and result in real improvements in elephant and rhino populations.

There's no time to waste.  This week Kenya announced that in the first time in decades its elephant population is actually declining, and we know that two-thirds of Africa's forest elephants have disappeared in the last ten years (read BBC story on this here).  The crisis is worsening.  The demand for ivory and rhino horn must stop if we are to save these species.

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2014-02-21 04:21:00
 

Last call for the Okavango!

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Due to a couple of last minute cancellations I have just 3 remaining spots left on my Okavango Delta safari on 26th Nov to 3rd Dec this year.  The price of US$5300 is a special not-to-be-repeated opening price for my new company, Matson & Ridley Safaris and a rare chance to see one of my absolute favourite parts of Africa with me.  This is the only trip I'll be running personally this year and I'd love to have you join us!

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2014-02-13 03:12:29
 

Okavango Delta Safari - November/December 2014

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I'm very excited to announce that I'll be taking a group of Africaphiles with me on safari in the world famous Okavango Delta in the first week of December this year!  This is truly the jewel of Africa, in my opinion, and I've been dying to go back there to remind myself just how beautiful nature can be.  Half a dozen have already signed up to this safari and there are a total of 12 places only, so if you'd like to join us please get in touch with me here as soon as possible.

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2014-01-22 03:44:15
 

My new company - African safaris that make a difference

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Happy new year Africa-philes, elephant lovers and friends of the planet!

I'm kicking off the new year with some exciting news. It's been in the works for a little while, and won't be a surprise to many of you. This year I'm finally turning my love of Africa into a business. Many of you have been on safaris based on my advice on where to go and what to do in the past and some of you have even joined me on safari. Now you can actually book your African safari through my new company, Matson and Ridley Pte Ltd, a fully licensed travel agency, and join me in the land we all love for a very different kind of African experience.

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2014-01-07 03:09:53
 

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