Every year there is a new theme for World Wildlife Day, ensuring that light is shed on an array of important topics.
This year’s theme was something we hold close to our heart, “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and the Planet“. Although our scope of actual forest habitat is limited on Londolozi – we are predominantly woodland savanna – we felt the message was further reaching than simply applying to the dominant fauna.
Londolozi has always strived to be so much more than just a safari destination, more than just a place of luxury, but rather an experience that creates a ripple effect. A ripple effect which weaves its way into the livelihoods of people, the wilderness that surrounds us and the wildlife that calls it home.
Many guests leave their safari having gained a far deeper appreciation of the importance of wild places, not only for the soul but especially for the people who live on their fringes. Africa abounds with natural beauty, yet the economy of wildlife is a fragile one, dependent upon a synergy between visitors, the protection of wilderness areas, and the emotional investment of the communities that border them. We’ve been asked many times over the years exactly what benefits a single safari bestows upon the greater area, so we decided to work it out:
Every guest who chooses to visit us at Londolozi ultimately allows us to employ 280 breadwinners who in turn support over 2800 dependents on a daily basis. Many of our staff are selected for annual training programmes that are designed to promote self-improvement and individual advancement within the industry. The supply chain economy, including daily transportation of staff from their private homes to the reserve, as well as the provision of numerous other logistical services, results in a further injection of $4 million annually into the local economy.
We reach, through the Londolozi Social Investment Program, in excess of 26 500 learners who are enrolled at the Good Work Foundation Satellite Learning Centres, located in the villages around the reserve. This innovative programme leads the world in providing effective and relevant education at the remarkable cost of $0.25 per teaching hour. The programme is so successful that it is now the subject of a Stanford University Research Project and may well become the guiding principles for innovative learning programmes in other emerging countries in the world. For each night you stay at Londolozi you contribute to the employment and welfare of 5 employees, 8 dependants and the protection of 6 rhino. Furthermore, on average 8 children and 1 adult received access to digital world class education as a result of your visit. We all sincerely appreciate your patronage and support.
CREATING SAFE HAVENS
Modern day conservation requires the creation of a Safe Haven where the free movement of animals, safe from hostile human incursions, is made possible. This has been achieved at Londolozi by the deployment of dedicated field rangers who provide vigilant protection of the reserves’ boarders, fence lines and gates.
They are supported daily by the use of modern technology such as aerial surveillance, which acts as a force-multiplier to assist them to effectively protect the reserve. This collaborative effort has almost entirely eliminated Rhino poaching in the reserve and Londolozi is now regarded as one of the most secure Safe Havens for wildlife in Africa.
Ultimately, the human narrative is a crucial one to focus on in the ongoing discussion about the fate of our planet’s wildlife, if not the crucial one.
Whether we want to acknowledge it our not, our survival as a species is inextricably linked to – and in many cases, entirely dependent on – the survival of our wild kin and the areas they inhabit. By pretending we are two separate and unrelated things is shying away from what binds us to this planet in the first place. We are all carbon-based life forms, we breathe the same air; we are all earthlings, in the broader sense of the word.
Although World Wildlife Day 2021 shines a light specifically on those living in and alongside forested areas, it’s important to remember that the ideas and initiatives it promotes pertain to any ecosystem where there is a potential for human-wildlife conflict.
The better we can combine ancient wisdom and traditional practices with modern technology to ensure sustainable solutions for habitats in jeopardy, the less we will actually need events like World Wildlife Day to remind us of the necessity…
Filed under General Nature Sustainability Wilderness teachings Wildlife
James, I loved the video🤗
Well said, thank you!
Thank you guys incredible stories, great to understand the collaborations, the technical sophistication and massive effort involved in protecting all that we hold so dearly yet sometimes take for granted and glad to see our visits contribute in some way to the Londolozi ecosystem as a whole. Much appreciated
This is really incredible and stunning work that you all are doing at Londolozi! I was blown away by the videos and inspired by your words James. All the more reason to love and support the work you do, and to be mindful of what we can do in our own locales. ❤️❤️
What an AMAZING accomplishment to have reduced the poaching numbers to almost 0. Never thought it would happen in my lifetime. Congratulations to all the Londolozi family.
Great video. I think it’s great that one can help people by staying at Londolozi. One more reason to go to this lovely place.
Great technology partners!
Exceptional Post! So many things to contemplate as we align past, present and future…wildlife, people and the land.
It’s so heart warming to hear and see a different perspective of life and the positive efforts being made across the globe. It’s just profound!
All you people at Londolozi have put a lot of effort into training rangers, schooling children and keeping wildlife safe. Technology helps a tremendously and that each and every one plays their part, in becoming better at saving the animals, forests and to pertain the eco system. Well said James.
One safari at Londolozi is such an eye opener! Even in one day you learn so much! you are the best!!! Thank you for being!! Victoria
Just think, if one private reserve can achieve all that’s illustrated above, how much good all reserves collectively can realize for supporting and protecting their land, its wildlife, employees, and the local villagers. Also, thank you Bronwyn for highlighting the role technology plays in the protection of wildlife from poachers, etc.
Wonderful to see the amazing work being done within the community and for the protection of our wonderful wildlife. Thank you Londolozi, Cisco & Dimension Data. Here’s to many more successful collaborations.