Les Carlisle: Group Conservation Manager

Donation from Chipembere Foundation

With a name that means rhinoceros in Shona, Chipembere Foundation is a privately run, registered non-profit organisation that is committed to protecting and conserving Africa’s rhino. The foundation focuses on providing equipment, intelligence, technology, education and relocation assistance to rhino custodians who show a conservation ethic that is...

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Incredible support from Elize at

I was recently invited to a meeting with Dex Kotze, the CEO of Jenna Clifford, and surprise, surprise, who should be with Dex but none other than the most incredible Rhino Fund Raiser in the country, Elize Daffue. What a privilege to work with both of these warriors for the cause. Dex handed over a ceremonial cheque for the total donated by Jenna C...

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Banjaar Tola records its first leopard kill from the guest area deck

Sitting on the deck at Banjaar Tola Tented Camp, overlooking the Banjaar River, which forms the border between the lodge and Kanha National Park, is a really peaceful and rewarding experience, one that I have had the privilege of doing quite often. The birding is great and I have seen spotted deer coming down to drink on a few occasions, so it was...

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A Mnemba surprise – the tree-climbing coconut crab!

The tranquillity seeps into your bones as you step out of the transfer vehicle on the Zanzibar beach opposite &Beyond Mnemba Island. The feel of the soft white sand underfoot and the view of the peacefully beached fishing boats immediately starts to slow the racing pace of modern life. The catamaran motor boat quickly negotiates the sea crossin...

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Another Aders Duiker born on Mnemba Island

The incredible conservation story at &Beyond Mnemba Island, situated just off the coast of Zanzibar, continues with the birth of our 18th Ader’s duiker. When you look at the turtle nesting and hatching successes that the island has had over the years and couple this with the most successful suni breeding programme eve, I suppose it’s no surpris...

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More than expected

Fantastic news from the Okavango Delta — the pregnant rhino that was translocated from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp has given birth. She distanced herself from the crash and our hard-working anti-poaching team used the telemetry and satellite tracking equipment to eventually locate her. They cau...

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