Welcome to the Encounter the Wild Community page
This is your platform to share travel experiences with friends and fellow wildlife enthusiasts. Inspiring photos; rare and unusual encounters; tour memories; future trip ideas; and anything else that sparks the imagination are all welcome. Remember, we want to hear your travel story so please keep in touch.
Weird and wonderful moments
Keep an eye out for photos and videos taken on tour by our guests, guides, and the Encounter the Wild team. We’re often lucky enough to capture some inspiring moments on tour and it’s always great to share these. You don’t have to be a professional photographer either; the good; the bad and the ugly are all welcome here.
Below are a selection of photographs taken on tour by our team and guests.
We plan to continually offer prizes for the best photos taken on tour and other rewards to Our Community members. So if you have something to show off, send it to us and we’ll be happy to post it on this page.
Incredible wildlife tour of Colombia due to be added next month. Jaguars, humpbacks and bats all in one tour!— Encounter the Wild (@RobETWild) August 24, 2013
This Month’s Featured Tour
We’d love to hear about any future trip ideas you have. Maybe you want to see something really special. Maybe its Eastern Lowland Gorillas in the Congo? An Aardwolf in the Kalahari? Or Siberian Tigers in Russia? Let us know and we’ll try and make it happen for you – we’re always up for a challenge, and our vast network of suppliers are experts in tailoring tours for specific wildlife interests.
You will also hear about new and pioneering wildlife holidays. New tours are being added all the time, so whether it’s Wolves in Yellowstone National Park or Bowhead Whales in the Arctic, watch this space.
Travel Conservation Community?
As the Community page grows, we’ll provide more and more information on the conservation projects we support. The money you contribute is the life blood for these projects and we’ll tell you all about how they’re progressing, how the money is being spent and what new initiatives are beginning. We’ll also show you letters and photos from schools and communities we work with.
To contribute content to the Our Community page please contact Rob on +44 (0) 20 8432 6484 or email: [email protected] Remember, there are great discounts and prizes for our online contributors.
Share your memories
Everyone has a story to tell and we’d love to hear about your best tour memories. What did you see? Who did you meet? What was the stand out moment? Our tours should give you plenty of inspiration.
Thanks for organising our honeymoon to Namibia – it was an amazing trip and we now love Namibia! It was a wildlife
As the Baja whale watching season ends, it’s time to reflect on our visit to Baja and the Sea of Cortez.
This Month's Featured Project
Our feature conservation project this month is the Desert Lion Project in Namibia. Our Specialist Wildlife of Namibia tour has its inaugural departure in September 2013 and we hope to meet some of the Desert Lion team (and hopefully the Lions too) during our 2 week adventure through Damaraland.
For each guest who joins us on any Namibia tour, we make a $40 donation, split between the Desert Lion Project and the Save the Rhino Trust.
The following information from the Desert Lion Team gives some background on the project and how the contributions support their efforts:
‘Namibia supports a unique population of Desert-adapted Lions that survive in the harsh Namib Desert. The “Desert” lion is a prominent feature in Namibia and is highly valued, both aesthetically and financially, by the growing tourism industry.
Namibia has received international recognition (e.g. CITES) for successful conservation efforts, such as the communal conservancy programme, that led to significant increases in wildlife numbers, especially in the arid areas. With the growing wildlife populations the conflict between Lions and the local people has intensified as Lions are killing livestock more regularly. In protection of their livestock, farmers often shoot, trap, or poison Lions. These local communities bear the costs of living with Lions, but do not share equally in the benefits of tourism, and receive little assistance in managing conflicts.
Human-lion conflict is arguably the biggest threat to Lions in Namibia, and elsewhere in Africa. Through the leadership of Dr Flip Sander, the Desert Lion Project has led the way in proactive management of human-lion conflict. Its efforts have helped develop a greater understanding of these impressive animals, and therefore the long-term conservation of the species’.
How we can we help?
Recently a pride of 11 lions (1 male, 2 females and 8 cubs) moved into the Huab River Valley near Twyfelfontein in Damaraland. Encounter the Wild regularly take guests to this region. Crucially this area has not had resident lions for as long as any of the local community members can remember, so the recent arrival of this pride is really very special. However, this area also has a number of pastoralist communities living in it, and they are not trained or equipped to deal with the threat of wild Lions.
Funds are needed to assist with the prevention of “Human – Lion conflict” by implementing the ‘Lion Guardian’ concept. The guardian project allows individuals to monitor the Lion’s movements, and as a result, to be able to warn both farmers and local safari operators of their whereabouts.
Donations make a huge difference. Your money assists with the Lion Guardian Project and helps with the building of Lion-proof kraals for local farmers; purchasing telemetry equipment for tracking Lion groups; camera traps to monitor the various prides; and veterinary supplies. The funding is also used for educating local communities about the importance of Lion populations in Namibia and establishing frameworks for bringing long term benefits to the communities that live with Lions.
For more information, please visit www.desertlion.info. We will also provide further updates after our tour in September, including photos, videos, and much more.
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