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Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

The biggest Kids Conservation Camp so far, welcoming 75 kids

Our long-standing Conservation Education camp in Botswana was held in December. The team, led by Gobo, welcomed 75 students (a record number!) from Okavango Community Trust primary schools living alongside the wildlife area to the educational camp. It is always a highlight of the year for our teams who are passionate about educating the next generation of conservationists in local communities. The Great Plains Female Rangers shared the importance of natural resource management for the health of people and the planet, and how to monitor the ecosystems and protect them. This year our intake of girls overtook the boys with 41 girls to 34 boys, which encouraging girls to be included in conservation by seeing our Female Rangers working in the field and something they could become.

Great Plains welcomed EcoExist, an essential human-elephant coexistence conservation partner in the region, to share knowledge on elephant behaviour, how to recognise signs, and live peacefully alongside each other. CLAWs, another conservation partner in the region shared information on human-lion coexistence showing how lions are collared and monitored, how mobile livestock pens (kraals) are constructed to protect community livestock and more. Innovation Kgotla were also included, educating the students on technology, how it works and how it can empower growth in the region.

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