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Conservation and Community

Anderson Expeditions is committed to supporting entities who are dedicated to conservation and community development in the countries we travel. For every privately guided expedition booked we make a donation to the entity based in that region. For further information on the worthy causes we support and to make a difference personally please read further at the following links.

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We are very proud and indeed very fortunate to offer a number of exceptional expeditions to reserves across Africa managed and conserved by African Parks. Sometimes offering these expeditions requires great risk and dedication, and through the years, we have developed close contact with members of their teams affording us opportunities we pass on to our guests.

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. They currently manage 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering 10.5 million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia.

The organisation was founded in 2000 in response to the dramatic decline of protected areas due to poor management and lack of funding.  African Parks utilises a clear business approach to conserving Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild areas, securing vast landscapes and carrying out the necessary activities needed to protect the parks and their wildlife.  African Parks maintains a strong focus on economic development and poverty alleviation of surrounding communities to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.

The geographic spread of protected areas and representation of different ecoregions, makes this the most ecologically diverse portfolio of parks under one management across Africa. Their goal is to manage 20 parks by 2020, protecting more than 10 million hectares, and we are very excited to contribute in whatever way we can to ensuring that this happens.

The Niassa Carnivore Project’s (NCP) work is as much about people as it is about lions and other carnivores. They rightly believe that if they get the relationships with local people right and resolve any conflicts as they occur,  that the lions will eventually look after themselves.   The NCP has adopted the philosophy that every conflict should be seen as an opportunity for positive change.  Whilst the conservation work with the wildlife is based on scientifically-sound research and especially regular monitoring, research is seen as a tool and not an end goal and pure research is not part of their work.  The end goal is recognised as finding and implementing sustainable solutions to conservation threats with full community participation from the start of any initiative.  The NCP see this as the only hope for lion and carnivore conservation in future.

The aim is to build a sustainable “lion friendly” community, working in close collaboration with the Niassa Reserve Management Authority with local community members, and neighbours (through the Niassa Conservation Alliance) and other Mozambican partners.

The goal is not to build an empire but to inspire all of the stakeholders to work together toward conservation goals that are appropriate to a protected area. The NCP offer that scaling and growth for their own sakes are not a goal – but believe in growing their influence through partnerships and collaboration.  A multifaceted, holistic and adaptive approach that monitors success and allows for failure is regarded as essential.

This kind of sustainable conservation will take time, trust, innovation, and constant monitoring.

Big Life Foundation was founded by photographer Nick Brandt & conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.

With Richard Bonham as Director of Operations for Big Life in Africa, and Project Manager Damian Bell in Tanzania, Big Life has now expanded to manage a network of over 250 rangers, with 31 units and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of E. Africa.

Big Life is the only organization in East Africa with co-ordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.

As of July 2013, Big Life’s rangers have made 1,030 arrests and confiscated 3,012 weapons/poaching tools since November 2010.

Recognizing that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community-based collaborative approach, Big Life uses innovative conservation strategies to address the greatest threats, reduce the loss of wildlife to poaching, defeat the ivory trade, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, protect the great predators, and manage scarce and fragile natural resources.

Big Life’s vision is to take the successful holistic conservation model in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and replicate it across the African continent.