NAMIBIA. Home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, elephants, giraffes, 20 species of antelope, and arguably the most successful conservation efforts in Southern Africa.
Andy Maser and I traveled to Namibia to make a series of short films for World Wildlife Fund to highlight the benefits of conservation travel. Conservation travel is more than what we know now as ecotourism. It is based not only on low environmental impact but most importantly benefiting the people that are welcoming travelers into their communities.
“More than half of the very wildlife spectacles that people travel to see have been lost since 1970,” says Jeffrey Parrish, Managing Director at WWF, the World Wildlife Fund. “The only way that trajectory gets turned around is to make wildlife worth more alive than dead to local communities and governments. Conservation Travel — sustainable travel that benefits those that steward nature and invests in its protection — is the primary way to help wildlife compete. It gives the traveler the experience of a lifetime, and the confidence to know their trip is saving the wildlife and wild nature they have journeyed so far to visit.”
Working as a filmmaker you are lucky enough to meet some fantastic people, learn why they do what they do and try as best you can to share their story to a larger audience.
All photos: Andy Maser/ Jenny Nichols
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