Danielle Jackson and Jake Dove – South African Conservation Expedition
Danielle Jackson and Jake Dove, having worked as a wildlife veterinarian and ecologist respectively on a number of private game reserves in the Eastern Cape of South Africa for over half a decade, have seen how empowering local communities is the key to conserving the natural heritage of South Africa as much as carrying-out high profile conservation efforts. They are keen to continue empowering people near and far in order to raise the profile of Eastern Cape conservation while simultaneously helping to preserve endangered species.
The aim of the South African Conservation Expedition is to take a group of Glasgow-based University students, set to be the next leaders in their respective professions, to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. By exposing them to the incredible wildlife, as well as the real-life challenges faced by the conservationsists in situ, Danielle and Jake hope to inspire them to take-up the mantle of conservation whilst having a tangible and lasting effect on the local communities the Expedition Team will work with.
The Expedition will run for two weeks from 24th August to 8th September 2019 and will include:
- Sponsoring of an endangered species veterinary procedure to replace the telemetry tracking collars on a pride of lions in the area.
- Carrying-out research into the health of estuarine habitats monitoring for the effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the ecosystem.
- Working with ecology and anti-poaching units to understand the challenges faced by conservationists, especially relating to the rhino crisis.
- Sponsoring of projects within a local Xhosa school to improve sanitary and communal areas for the children decreasing the risk of sickness (due to poor hygiene) leading to missed time at school.
- Sponsoring of recycling bins for the local schools and townships in order to improve the aesthetics of the areas and to raise environmental awareness within wider communities.
- Providing a structured program with roles and responsibilities for the students enabling them to demonstate and develop leadership and team working skill, which will count towards the qualifications they are already undertaking in other areas of their studies.
- Inspiring the students and creating future ambassadors for conservation.
We wish the South African Conservation Expedition every success.