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WORKING TO REOPEN

ANCIENT MIGRATION CORRIDORS

HIPPO DRAUGHT RELIEF FUND

Dear Friends,

We need your help to rescue a group of 44 hippos stranded by drought in Botswana's Makgadikgadi National Park. Due to human impact, these incredible animals are trapped in a shrinking waterhole, with limited access to food.

We've launched a fundraiser to raise $10,000 for essential hay bales that will sustain them until the rainy season in December. Every donation counts and will directly support the hippos' well-being so please do share this appeal amongst your friends.

Join us in this critical mission to provide a lifeline for these magnificent animals. Together, we can make a difference and ensure their survival.

Our Goal: We aim to raise $10,000 to secure essential hay bales that will sustain the hippos until the rainy season arrives. Every dollar donated directly supports their well-being and survival.

How You Can Help: Your support matters. By donating or sharing our mission, you're contributing to the preservation of these incredible animals and the delicate balance of their ecosystem.

Join us today in ensuring a brighter future for the stranded hippos of Botswana by donating on our GOFUNDME page .

OUR PURPOSE

The lands in which we operate have been entrusted to us by our partner communities. Located inside and on the boundaries of National Parks and wildlife Management Areas, we are driving a new kind of safari enterprise that truly links the travel industry with rural communities living on the last great frontiers. Everything we do reflects our relationship with our partner communities and is based upon four pillars: Community, Commerce, Culture and Conservation. Our work is carried out with community at the centre.

 

The Lands aims to increase engagement between the tourism sector and civil society, allowing people in rural communities to have a stake and ownership in the tourism sector in a more meaningful and sustainable framework. After all, this is their land and their heritage.

 

We believe that conservation and development starts with people and communities. Creating community ownership and responsibility within the tourism industry is where we begin.

COMMUNITY

Our human rights professionals deliver specialist programmes in collaboration with communities to promote social progress in the areas we operate. 

 

Our programmes target;

 

Basic human needs

  • We aim to increase access to basic medical care and tackle undernourishment, mortality and infectious disease.

  • Increased access to safe drinking water

 

Foundations of wellbeing 

  • We aim to increase access to basic knowledge and education through a scholarship programme

  • Health and wellness programmes to increase happiness

  • Environmental quality programmes to harness benefits from the ecosystem

 

Opportunity

  • Human rights and advocacy of women’s rights

  • Increased access to justice

  • Enterprise & employment programmes within the Lands sites.

CONSERVATION

Sustainability

 

All of our camps are powered by solar hybrid system which incorporates both solar energy and a back-up generator. 

 

All hot water systems are based on a Thermodynamic Solar Energy system, ensuring hot water generation from our sun, no matter the weather.

 

Traditional thatch and artistically designed clay made from sand, cow and elephant dung ensures that we utilise local expertise and materials which in tern minimises our carbon footprint

 

Carbon Offsetting and Rewilding Project.

 

CO2 offsetting: We plan to plant 125,000 trees on the concession, offsetting approximately 50,000 tons (for a period of 20 years) of carbon emissions caused by our tourism operations.

 

Capacity building and empowerment of people:  We plan to train and employ residents of Khumaga village to set-up and run a commercial seedball manufacturer, plant the trees, and implement the associated community development projects. 

 

Our goal is to develop a sustainable conservation and reforestation plan consisting of further tree-planting and several community development programs, including waste management, access to water and human/wildlife conflict mitigation.

 

Human wildlife co-existance

 

The main driver of animal population decline is habitat loss and exploitation of natural resources. 

 

Our goal is to work with rural communities living on the edges of these great wilderness areas to promote biodiversity and a mutual respect for the lands and its inhabitants.

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