The conservation of wild places and the wildlife that live there has never been more important than it is today. The number of threatened and endangered species is growing, so it is critical that we do all we can to turn this around. By educating ourselves and by taking part in expeditions, tours and courses we are directly contributing to that conservation effort, and as such helping to preserve nature and wilderness.
With an ethos of conservation education underpinning our international adventures, every group can have the opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitats and get hands-on with animals at specialist facilities and game reserves if required. These life enhancing experiences can be achieved on foot or by vehicle and alongside conservation professionals, rangers, guides, vets and other field specialists. This ensures your experience ends with not just the visual experiences of the African bush but the essential knowledge to go alongside those experiences. This experiential learning will give you the knowledge to take some action when you return home should you wish to.
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If you’ve never seen a rhino up close before, you might think that they are aggressive especially as they are the second largest land mammals after elephants. But in reality, rhinos are actually shy and prefer to be left alone in peace. However, the onslaught of poaching has endangered the existence of their species. In March this year, Sudan, the last male northern white rhino died of old age and health complications. Sudan’s death put […]
The South African Giraffe Monitoring and Research Expedition 2018 was the first SES Endorsed Expedition. Read Angus’s talk about the project at February’s SES@GauchoCity for SES Members. Zingela’s Giraffe The Methodology and Importance of Identifying Individuals in Conservation Zingela is a 500,000 HA reserve located in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. It is debated as to the number of species of Giraffe that Africa is home to, however the population as a whole has decreased by 40% […]
An ideal summer experience for Bioscience, Conservation and Photography students, giving you vital skills collecting data in the field and increasing your employability. Dates: 02.08.2019 – 15.08.2019 Location: South Africa Synopsis: This field project will focus on the gathering of information on Nile Crocodile movements, nesting, overwintering sites in KwaZulu Natal. Also population size in comparison to the last 20 years, current and historic threats to the species conservation, critical hands on data collection, the […]
Ideal for Bioscience, Conservation and Photography students, giving you vital skills collecting data in the field, increasing your knowledge base, choices and employability. Dates: 18.07.2019 – 31.07.2019 Location: South Africa Synopsis: This scientific field project focuses on gathering information on the movement patterns, habitat use and foraging behaviour of the Giraffe in the remote area of the Tugela River Valley, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Participants will operate from a field camp, on foot, gathering data […]
The loss of 30% of the world’s Giraffe population in the last 30 years has resulted in the species being classified as ‘vulnerable’ on the ICUN Red List. During the next six months, Angus Wingfield (Expedition Leader and Africa Wild Trails founder) will be touring the UK delivering free talks to students on Giraffe conservation field work in Africa. Download Our PDF for More Information or to Schedule a Talk: Contact UsCall Us
Giraffes are vulnerable species due to hunting, poaching and habitat loss. Become involved and help the ‘Giraffe’ conservation… Download our PDF and find out more about our Giraffe Research Project – August 2018 For further information and the booking request form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The talk this month for the Scientific Exploration Society was on KwaZulu Natal, an incredibly diverse province on the eastern seaboard of South Africa. Angus Wingfield (expedition leader, conservationist and Director of Africa Wild Trails) talked on the provinces history, it’s people and conservation challenges as well as Angus’ own ethos and involvement in the region during the last 15 years. Starting with an overview of the San Bushman and the Nguni migration, Angus went […]
INTRODUCTION The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) as Vulnerable following a population decline of 36-40% over the last three decades. The factors causing this decline (levels of exploitation and decline in area of occupancy and habitat quality) have not ceased and may not be reversible throughout the species’ range. Historically the species has been overlooked in terms of research and conservation, but in the past five years, […]
UPDATE: The August Giraffe research project is now full. The SES (Scientific Exploration Society) are keen to run one this June (1st-12th) – more information to follow. We currently have 10 confirmed on each of the following research projects: Nile Crocodile Research Project South African Giraffe Research Project We have a total 15 places available on each – if you’re interested, get in contact with us ASAP, so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity, for […]
Having travelled extensively in Africa over many years and met many people from conservationists, hunters, game reserve owners, ecologists to other travellers, it appears, of course, that there is no single answer to the Rhino poaching crisis. What ‘is’ currently a fact is that because a Rhino must be killed by a poacher in order to take the horn, that Rhino is currently worth more dead than it is alive and that needs to change, […]
The plight of the Giraffe is a little-known issue in the wider world yet Giraffe conservation has never been more important than is is today. All 8 subspecies face threats from habitat loss and poaching; the Nubian Giraffe, Masai Giraffe, Rothchild’s Giraffe, South African Giraffe, West African Giraffe, Kordofan Giraffe, Angolan Giraffe and the Rhodesian Giraffe. Take some action and help Giraffe conservation… Download our PDF and find out more about our South Africa 2018 Giraffe […]