Large Scale Conservation Specialist
“But hanging on to tiny pieces of the planet isn’t enough. If we let these places go now, we will never get them back. What we lose now, we lose forever.”
Seeing my colleagues happy to come to work and proud of what we do is incredibly satisfying. We are trying to create areas that are biologically healthy and loved by neighbors. We are creating places that are refuges for wildlife and valued by local people.
With committed private investors, we identify priority places and secure the financial resources needed. We provide the capital to transition from scraping a living and operating at a loss to shifting to a wildlife-based economy. We recognize that we are just custodians, taking care of the place for a short period in ecological time. Watching our staff embrace these changes is immensely rewarding.
We have taken land from being covered in snares and illegal charcoal kilns to having native antelope back within months, and white rhinos back within one year, black rhinos within two.
Simultaneously, we are investing in quality of life for all of our staff and their families (improved salaries, full nutrition on the job, new houses, on-site medical care, schools and scholarships).
It is very fulfilling knowing that, with or without me, my colleagues are passionate about carrying on our mission.