Paula's Giving Back - Saving Elephants, Starting in Zambia!
Sponsored Canoe Trip Down The Zambezi River - July 2018 | Education for Kids in Africa Including Wildlife Conservation
Elephants
Elephants help maintain forest and savanna ecosystems for other species, and are integrally tied to rich biodiversity. (1)

When I look at the body of an elephant I see history, I see nature at it’s best and I see an amazing animal that deserves complete protection and respect. When I look into the eye of an elephant I see pure majestic wisdom, I see deep emotion and I see a soft gentle heart.

When I see elephants being killed for their tusks, or for a photograph or to protect crops I am pained beyond words, because it makes no sense to me.

I have decided to dedicate my time to working on this cause. It is extremely important to me because I want to see all animals and people living peacefully together whilst also protecting the environment.

We are losing spectacular wildlife at an alarming rate, all for the sake of ‘medicine’ or a ‘trophy’. This is especially the case in parts of Africa. Native communities need our help to provide education on the ground level.

This education is essential because the local communities aren’t aware of how important these species are to the overall environment.

“Humans are behind the current rate of species extinction, which is at least 100–1,000 times higher than nature intended.” 1

This is a frightening statement. It makes me feel ashamed of being human. Having this much of an impact on the rate that animals are moving towards extinction. It needs our attention and commitment across the board, immediately.

My First Step Towards Making A Difference…

I have a very good friend who is leading a sponsored canoe trip down the Zambezi river in July this year. Her name is Jane Keogh (2). Thankfully the universe brought us together at the right time and so I jumped at the chance of joining this trip!

I am taking part in the adventure to raise money to sponsor disadvantage children’s education. This education will include animal conservation.

Kids in Zambia only get free education up to Year 8. After that, they have to fund their education themselves. Hence the awareness and understanding of the impact of losing critical species goes unknown and unlearnt. This is completely essential to them and to their futures.

If we aren’t helping the local people who have lived with and grown up with these amazing species then what’s the point?!

The education I am keen for them to access consists of:

  • Learning about the animals and the planet
  • Self-sustainable living (with no impact on the environment)
  • Agriculture
  • Human wildlife conflict
  • Animal conservation
  • They will even join a conservation club at school!

“Over the last few decades, conservationists have come to understand just how central community involvement is to wildlife conservation success—and how important it is for communities to actively steward the natural resources around them to improve economic and social well-being.” (1)

I’m proud to think that my efforts will enable one young person to access a full education in Zambia and learn exactly how important their natural habitat and surrounding species are to them.

 

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to read about my passion.

I would be grateful for any size donation you would like to make to this cause. ALL funds raised go directly to the education. I am funding the trip and associated expenses to Africa personally.

If this resonates with you in any way I’m always happy to chat or have a coffee, local or virtual!

 

1. World Wildlife Fund: https://www.worldwildlife.org/initiatives/wildlife-conservation

2. Jane Keogh: https://www.janekeogh.co.uk/

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