"We will tell the community to stop poaching because the next generation will not be able to
see the animals."
Granny that has attended the Bushgrannies and babies camp at Koru Camp, South Africa
Throughout the world, protected areas set aside for conservation are visited by largely western tourists, paying lots of money to see the stunning flora and fauna on display. Unfortunately, over the last century many communities have been displaced to make way for these conservation spaces and, as a result, have been excluded from the wildlife inside. Unable to afford the entrance fees, many living on the edge of game reserves and National Parks, have never stepped foot inside, or had the opportunity to connect with the wildlife there.
By working alongside our trusted partners on the ground, Connected Planet aims to stop that by providing opportunities for the local community to visit the parks, both connecting with and learning about the stunning wildlife there. Building these connections to wildlife from an early age is vital, especially in areas where human-wildlife conflict and/or poaching is high, and is of the upmost importance when it comes to the long-term conservation of some Africa's most endangered animals and the wider ecosystem.
Children benefitting from the Connected Planet Conservation Club, Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Children who have been on Connected Planet funded trips into local wildlife reserves or National Parks.
People who have attended Connected Planet funded, educational camps at Koru Camp, South Africa.