Consider our “dot” and the women-led fight to protect it

December 24, 2022

As we reflect on another year spent doing everything in our power to protect the wildlife, the people, and the vast swathes of wilderness we love with all our hearts, the following quote feels especially resonant…

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor, and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar’, every ‘supreme leader’, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” - Carl Sagan

This December, it’s our privilege to spotlight the game-changing women leading critical conservation efforts impacting our home continent and our blue dot. We firmly believe that when African women rise, wildlife will thrive. Visionary pioneers are paving the path to a more protected future – from Resson Kantai Duff’s community-led solutions for human-lion conflict, to brave rangers like Kruger Park’s Cathy Dreyer who is fighting to save South Africa’s rhinos, or gorilla trekking guide Jolie Mukiza, so full of sensitivity and grit. These women are our “why” at ROAR AFRICA. Their passion and tenacity push us to think bigger, to broadcast their pioneering initiatives from the highest rooftops, and never stop fighting for the planet – this wondrous dot we call home.

If you feel called to give a gift that will keep on giving, join us and be part of the incredible work done by the conservationists below to protect our earthly home for future generations.

Conservation

After speaking at our Women’s Empowerment Retreat, deputy director of Ewaso Lions, Resson Kantai Duff was invited to give a powerful TED Talk. She shared the initiatives that have tripled the local lion population and transformed patriarchal attitudes about the place of women in society. For Resson, “Women must be as much a part of the solution as men.”

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Kennedy


According to
CoC founder Kennedy Zakeer, it’s often a case of one helicopter ride or feed for one rhino that’s needed – requests too minor and too timely for a big NGO. Kennedy has intentionally kept the CoC small and nimble to jump in at the forefront of the rhino conservation crisis as needed. She reminds us, “We all have to be contributors and do our part.”

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Dr.LucyKing

With Africa’s human population set to double by 2050, Dr King’s ground-breaking Elephants and Bees initiative has reduced crop raiding by up to 80% in the Tsavo region, enabling residents to make money off the resulting honey while mitigating human-wildlife conflict. Dr King, a TED Talk speaker, recently released her first book, Using Honey Bees as a Natural Deterrent for Crop-Raiding Elephants.

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Lisa

This incredible one-on-one care program in Zimbabwe is near and dear to our hearts. It was founded by Lisa Hywood, in memory of her father Tikki, to protect the pangolin and other lesser-known endangered creatures. Join us on our Women’s Empowerment Retreat at Singita Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe, April 11-16, 2023, to hear more – from Lisa herself.

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Paula

The visionary behind the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign and the producer and presenter of Wildlife Warriors, ecologist, and CEO of WildlifeDirect, Dr Paula Kahumbu, is one of Africa’s most respected conservationists. Dr Kahumbu holds the esteemed Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) and was the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year in 2021, winner of the Whitley Gold Award 2021, and is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

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Tara

President, CEO, and chief scientific officer of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Dr Tara Stoinski’s work with gorillas spans two decades. Now, in her leadership role, this passionate primatologist leads scientific studies critical to preserving the species. To visit the center and spend quiet, uninterrupted time in the presence of habituated gorilla families in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is an experience that will stay with you forever.

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anti-poaching

What began as a Zeitz Foundation project in 2019 to recruit female rangers from Segera’s local communities has grown into a sustainable training model that will change the face of conservation. The benefits of female inclusion in the male-dominated anti-poaching space have far-reaching effects, inspiring and uplifting women in their home communities and promoting dialogue and conservation as a path to peace.

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Pippa

We were profoundly moved by filmmaker and nature journalist Pippa Ehrlich’s 2020 documentary, My Octopus Teacher. The film details the year Sea Change Project co-founder Craig Foster spent diving throughout the Great African Seaforest, befriending a curious octopus during the process. In her years as an environmental journalist, Pippa has worked with the world’s best underwater photographers and marine researchers. She brings that expertise and passion for the precious aquatic environment – so critical to the survival of our “dot” – to the Sea Change Project.

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SACollege

The South African College for Tourism (SACT) exists to train young women from underprivileged backgrounds in tourism. This highly practical education initiative is led by executive director Mariette Ferreira. SACT has changed the lives of countless tourism students and future rangers at the school’s Tracking Academy. These young women often go on to work at Africa’s best lodges, gaining invaluable experience and, most importantly, empowerment.

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Before we close out 2022 and usher in the new dawn of 2023, we at ROAR AFRICA wish our global ROAR family a very happy and contented holiday. Our commitment to travel that counts, and to protection that is deeply needed across our home continent, will never cease.

We are so grateful for your adventurous spirit, endless support, and contribution to Africa and her people and for helping us take care of the “dot” we all share.

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