World Wildlife Day – 3 March 2023

World Wildlife Day – 3 March 2023

It’s World Wildlife Day!  And with its theme of ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’, we are proud to partner with many properties and their foundations who dedicate themselves to the preservation of our wildlife and nature.

Through our partnership with the not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, Thompsons Africa is committed to the How We Tread Right (HWTR) sustainable strategy, and we support the UN’s goal that all wildlife experiences are ethically responsible. 

Through its MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® initiative, we are committed to identifying experiences that have a positive social or environmental impact on their communities and those who experience them.

The Tswalu Foundation

The research being conducted on ground pangolins at Tswalu is one of the projects of the Tswalu Foundation.

The Foundation facilitates a broad range of research undertaken on Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Its mission is to promote conservation and strengthen an understanding of the semi-arid savanna biome within the southern Kalahari. The Foundation also presents opportunities for guests to interact with researchers in the field, while providing Tswalu Kalahari Reserve with data for management purposes. The Foundation is a crucial component of the Oppenheimer Family’s vision to conserve the Kalahari by restoring the natural environment, re-establishing biological diversity and maintaining the natural ecological processes of the Kalahari.

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

See Historic Rock Art in South Africa

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, part of the Red Carnation Hotels Collection, is the custodian of over 130 unique rock art sites, some as old as 10,000 years. Guests can view the sites on the reserve and learn about how Bushmans Kloof has been dedicated to protecting these extraordinary treasures. This experience directly advances UN Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, by protecting natural and built heritage.

Shamwari’s Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries

In partnership with actress, author and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation, Shamwari Private Game Reserve designed the Animal Rescue and Education Centres to incorporate the sanctuary and educational facility.

Their goal is to create awareness of the horrific way in which wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world. The centres aim to draw attention to the plight of wild big cats, confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world.

The Born Free Foundation is a UK-based wildlife charity that rescues animals from captivity and gives them lifetime care in spacious sanctuaries. The charity protects threatened species including lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, bears, marine turtles and much more in their natural habitat. Working with local communities, Born Free finds humane solutions to help people and wildlife live together without conflict.

Since its inception in 1984, it has grown and been backed by celebrities, conservationists and passionate institutions worldwide, such as Shamwari Private Game Reserve. By supporting the big cat sanctuaries, you’re not only learning about the plight of wild animals, but you’re also taking a stand against animal cruelty.

A notable success story is that of ‘King’ a young lion cub. King was kept illegally as an exotic pet in a Paris apartment before being rescued and relocated to Shamwari’s Big Cat Sanctuary. He is permanently located in their JEAN BYRD CENTRE.

Contact us for information on other properties and their foundations who are committed to the preservation of our wildlife and nature.

Tel: +27 31 275 3500

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