- Rhinos Without Borders
- Maasai Olympics
- Solar Lanterns
- Student Conservation Camps
- Sapi Restoration Initiative
- Traditional Herding Workshops
- Conservation Goals
- Conservation Roots
RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS
RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL RHINO RELOCATION AND REINTRODUCTION PROGRAMS TO DATE. WITH THE REMARKABLE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FROM INDIVIDUALS, PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS, AND TRAVEL INDUSTRY PARTNERS, RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS HAS ADDED OVER 100 RHINO TO THE WILDERNESS OF BOTSWANA. JOIN US IN ENSURING THESE ICONIC ANIMALS CAN CONTINUE TO ROAM FREE!
Rhinos Without Borders is about taking rhinos from existing, high density populations which are attracting more and more poaching and releasing them into safe, wild areas of countries that have low densities of rhino combined with dedicated anti-poaching strategies.
Rhinos Without Borders is a story of hope for rhinos, where conservationists, individuals, as well as industry and tourism professionals roll up their sleeves and do something positive for species that cannot speak for themselves and cannot protect themselves from man’s greed, corruption and abject stupidity.
If we can counter every unkindness with a kindness, every selfish act with a selfless one, and every atrocity against nature with an equal and opposite proactive initiative like ‘Rhinos Without Borders,’ we can win the battle for Africa’s wildlife.
WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SEVERAL KENYA-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, GREAT PLAINS IS CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL MAASAI COMING OF AGE RITES THROUGH ATHLETIC COMPETITION RATHER THAN LION KILLING.
Community conservation education programs culminate in a large community athletic event every two years titled, “The Maasai Olympics”. This special event is the capstone of two years of smaller, regional gatherings where Maasai compete in athletic events and learn about the value of protecting their environment through conservation education activities. The goal is to celebrate Maasai tradition and encourage conservation at a local level.
The Maasai Olympics is having a lasting impact on big cat conservation in Kenya. Along with other supporters including National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and Big Life Foundation, Great Plains is proud to be a part of programs like the Maasai Olympics, whose approach to conservation is thoughtful, innovative, and effective.
SOLAR LANTERN PROJECT
BRINGING LIGHT TO REMOTE VILLAGES AND HOMES.
The Great Plains Foundation has a long-standing, strong relationship with communities located near our camps. Our solar lantern program touches these remote areas in both Northern Botswana and Kenya.
Whilst the challenges vary, one thing adds to the difficulty of life in these areas – lack of light. Candles and paraffin lanterns are used by most households, but bring with them a very real risk of fire. They also do not generate any meaningful amount of light with which to see and live by.
Our Foundation has launched a project to distribute much-needed light to the people living in the supplying students and community members with a safe, sustainable solar lantern. By buying a solar lantern you are ensuring a member of these communities receives safe and sustainable light to use for their school studies, building a personal business and generally illuminating opportunities that create a better life for all.
Join us in giving this simple gift – the gift of light.
STUDENT CONSERVATION CAMPS
BOTSWANA & KENYA
LASTING CONSERVATION IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE COMMUNITIES LIVING AMONG THE WILDLIFE AND PROTECTED LANDS. WITHOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORTED INITIATIVES, AND A FOCUS ON THE FUTURE, CONSERVATION LEGACIES ARE NOT POSSIBLE. FOR THIS REASON, THE GREAT PLAINS FOUNDATION IS INVESTING IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSERVATIONISTS THROUGH THE GREAT PLAINS STUDENT CONSERVATION CAMPS.
The Great Plains Foundation targets its community projects in both Northern Botswana and Kenya’s Maasai Mara; connecting each year with over one hundred local youth at a pivotal time in their lives. Through thoughtful and meaningful engagement, the Student Conservation Camps work to instil an appreciation of the landscape, its ecology and the importance of stewarding the land for future generations. The Student Conservation Camps build a strong case for conservation at a community level while encouraging and developing the next generation of conservation leaders.
The Great Plains Student Conservation Camps feature week-long programs incorporating classroom instruction, field studies and mentorship. A central element to the Student Conservation Camp’s successful program is leveraging the resources of the Great Plains Conservation safari camps. The Student Conservation Camps draw upon both the equipment and staff resources of Great Plains Conservation to execute the weeklong programs. Their safari guides play an especially large role donating their knowledge, experience and time; becoming role models for the students.
The Great Plains Foundation believes the more we can instil a sense of wonder and appreciation for the land, the brighter the future for Africa’s wild places.
SAPI RESTORATION INITIATIVE
In Zimbabwe, we are securing an extensive section of fragile, depleted landscape, totalling over 250,000 acres (over 138,000 hectares) to encourage large predators, and other wildlife, to return and rebuild the Sapi Reserve. This critical ecosystem is an essential piece of the larger Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve and the Mana-Sapi-Chewore Unesco World Heritage Site. Through coordinated efforts with partner organizations and government agencies, the Great Plains Foundation is deploying first-class anti-poaching and wildlife-crime prevention operations. Working alongside ZimParks, the Great Plains Foundation is securing the Sapi landscape to encourage lions to repopulate this important ecosystem and building a local economy centred around low-impact, sustainable conservation tourism activities.
TRADITIONAL HERDING WORKSHOPS
As part of its human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategy, the Great Plains Foundation implements and hosts human-wildlife conflict prevention programs with local communities living along the borders of natural wildlife areas. These courses bridge the gap between the generations; revitalizing long-held, but rarely employed, best practice herding for local farmers.
Conservation Goals uses athletic competition to engage young people, adults, and entire communities around conservation; creating meaningful and memorable experiences. In 2018, Great Plains Conservation and its Foundation hosted a series of 3 skills workshops in the communities boarding the Okavango Delta and a regional tournament in February 2019.
INDIGENOUS TREE INITIATIVE
An indigenous tree nursery and re-planting initiative, the Great Plains Foundation is partnering with local communities to restore indigenous trees to landscapes across Botswana and Kenya. Working with local communities and school systems this important initiative teaches the value of indigenous trees and their critical role in functioning ecosystems.