Wilderness Foundation Africa works from its base in South Africa to protect and sustain wildlife and wilderness through integrated conservation and education programmes. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching in the field, large landscape wilderness management, or developing rising young leaders from disadvantaged communities for a career in conservation, the Wilderness Foundation has over 45 years of results.
The World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 took place in Durban, South Africa this past week. With a theme focussing on driving economic transformation in Africa through inclusive growth models, the WEF attracted delegates from more than 100 countries.
“I think that buying rhino horns just to show others that you are rich is unreasonable, It infuriates me that the world has to sacrifice rhinos just for a group of people wanting to basically show off their money.” These are the words of a young Vietnamese girl as written in a prize winning essay in the 2017 Wild Rhino competition. More and more, the next generation of decision-makers in Vietnam seek to speak up against environmental crimes such as rhino poaching, and a collaboration between Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA), Peace Parks Foundation (PPF), and SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy (SOUL) in Vietnam, is providing them with educational and social platforms to do just that.
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) believes in supporting non-profit organisations that contribute to the empowerment of youth in local communities. One such organisation is Wilderness Foundation Africa and through the Umzi Wethu project (part of its Youth Development Programme) the youth are being trained and uplifted.