The Nature Conservancy Africa
We’re a conservation organization working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — and taking great photographs in Africa!
Photo by @nickhallphoto. congrats to nick hall for his big wins at the recent @assocphoto awards, including a shoot he did on assignment with tnc in the central great rift valley of tanzania! nick describes his time with the hadza — one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on earth — as life-changing and “one of the most incredible experiences of my life.” here, hadza hunter hamesi hasani and his 10-year-old nephew mkapa kaunda are on top of a rocky outcropping near their camp, overlooking the land we’re working with partners to help them protect.
Photo by @amivitale. tourism is kenya’s second largest contributor in foreign exchange earnings after agriculture. in 2016, it contributed about 10 percent to kenya’s gdp, 9 percent to formal wage employment, and 3.5 percent to total employment. not to mention, protected areas and wildlife account for 75 percent of total tourism earnings! to celebrate wildlife and wild places for world tourism day and to show support for the plastic bag ban, we’re calling on our kenyan friends to finish the following sentence in the comments below: “save kenya, it’s the only country with …” you could win your slogan on a limited edition cloth bag to be given out throughout october in select nairobi malls. not from kenya? that’s ok! we’d love to see your responses, too.
Great to see @africanparksnetwork celebrating new life on world rhino day! ✨🦏✨#regram from @africanparksnetwork: "on this world rhino day we are pleased to share the exciting good news that a rhino calf has been born in @akagerapark - the first wild rhino birth for rwanda in over a decade! in may of this year, african parks in collaboration with the rdb and with support from the howard g. buffett foundation, successfully reintroduced 18 eastern black rhinos to akagera in an historic translocation bringing back the species to the country after a 10-year absence. while all of the rhinos were considered precious cargo, one in particular was carrying a special delivery. ineza, a female rhino turned out to be well into her 16-month gestation. her new-born calf was confirmed in august and has been sighted regularly since then. we have spent the past six years preparing for this moment, in making the park safe for the rhinos return and for all the wildlife in the park, including the newborns along the way. the story of the rhinos return, akagera’s restoration, and this new calf provides hope for the species and for conservation around the globe. where there is safety, wildlife thrives. join with us in celebrating this #worldrhinoday and share the good news, because there is so much to be hopeful for. 📷 augustin manirarora #rhinos#africanparks#worldrhinoday#akagera#savetherhinos#rwanda#rhinosreturn #goodnews"
Photo by @amivitale. our instagram fans are some of the smartest people we know and we need your help to solve a big conservation problem in western tanzania. lake tanganyika holds nearly one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, is home to 250 endemic fish species, and provides 40% of all protein for lakeshore villages. that’s why were working hard to empower local fishermen to protect the lake from overfishing and ensure long-term sustainability of their aquatic resources. the problem: while fishing in mahale mountains national park is strictly prohibited, the boundaries of the park are often unclear. use innovation for good to help us better mark where protected waters begin, and commercial fishing ends, by entering our #demarcatethelake challenge at bit.ly/demarcatethelake (link in bio)! we can’t wait to see your ideas. bonus: you could win cash prizes and earn the opportunity to collaborate with our science team to create a lasting solution!
Photo by @amivitale. samburu women plant seeds of native plants in areas where they’ve removed invasive red thorn bushes at westgate conservancy in northern kenya. congrats are in order for the members of this community conservancy since they have officially been awarded legal rights to their land from the samburu county government, giving them greater autonomy and igniting momentum for building a more sustainable future. westgate is home to around 5,000 pastoralists, and as a changing climate and increasing human population bring greater challenges to their grasslands, secure land tenure will be a vital foundation in their endeavors to balance prosperous livelihoods with successful wildlife conservation. well done, @nrt_kenya and westgate conservancy! read the full story: bit.ly/westgatewinslandrights
Photo by @jasonbhouston. seychelles is a global biodiversity hotspot containing 115 islands in the western indian ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of east africa. its “blue economy” is based on tuna and tourism, which, along with its low-lying island geography, makes its people and economy particularly vulnerable to the threats of climate change. to protect its most important natural resource, seychelles completed an innovative debt-for-nature swap with tnc and the paris club in 2015. as part of the deal, this archipelago nation has committed to protecting 30 percent of its marine territory by 2020, resulting in one of the largest marine reserves on the planet! click the link in our bio to read a new story on this important conservation work from @theeconomist.#beautiful#seychelles#islands#ocean#marineprotectedarea#africa#protectpreserve#livenature#nature#conservation
Photo by @amivitale. thanks to our supporters, we're helping security teams in africa get access to more training, equipment, new technology, and other resources, including anti-poaching #rangerdogs. you can easily help provide food, medicine, security gear, and more necessities to our four-legged ranger friends warrior and machine who work hard to keep elephants safe on @loisaba_conservancy in northern kenya. it's easy! upload a photo of your pet at nature.org/rangerdogs, add an honorary #rangerdog beret sticker, and share on social media. your pet will inspire more people to care about elephants — and could win a prize pack with a special edition bandana, fluff & tuff plush toy, and more. click the link in our bio to participate! tomorrow's the last day!
Happy national dog day! every morning @loisaba_conservancy’s resident #rangerdogs warrior and machine’s dedicated handlers take them on different routes keeping them fit and ensuring they are always ready to go. here, machine follows a scent to help track down an ivory poacher. asante sana to these brave dogs and all canine units around the world that help protect our beloved wildlife and neighboring communities. you can make your dog (or cat!) a hero for elephants, too. visit nature.org/rangerdogs (link in bio) to turn your pet into an honorary #rangerdog. it’s easy: upload a photo, add a sticker, and share on social media with your family and friends, encouraging them to do the same. the first 200 submissions will be matched with funds to help give these two four-legged rangers everything they’ll need to #saveelephants in the year ahead — and you could win a prize pack for your pet!
Photo by @amivitale. tnc kenya program director munira bashir (@bashir_munira) says, "where there are #rangerdogs, the poachers stay away." four-legged rangers are an elephant’s best friend and a secret weapon in the fight to #saveelephants. they’re needed because elephants are in crisis: an estimated 25,000 are killed each year for their tusks to feed a global black market for ivory. elephants move long distances every day, and areas that are patrolled by different anti-poaching teams are enormous. when a poaching incident occurs, the dogs can help recover the tusks and track down the poachers across long distances, hours or even days after they’ve left the scene. when poachers know that they are likely to get caught, poaching rates go down. here, handler alfred langat trains @loisaba_conservancy’s resident bloodhound machine in laikipia, northern kenya. national dog day is this coming saturday and we need your help (and your pet's help, too!) to rally support for these canine heroes. learn more and take action at nature.org/rangerdogs. link in bio.
Video by ben knisely. @nature_org’s ben knisely shot this video progression of the solar eclipse from the nature conservancy’s world office in arlington, va. nearly one hundred people assembled in the garden behind tnc’s building, wearing glasses and playing with binocular lenses and pinhole cameras. "i often forget how quickly we’re flying through space," ben said of his experience viewing the eclipse. six of tnc’s preserves in the us fell inside the path of totality during the solar eclipse today: the platte river preserve, nebraska; zahorsky woods, missouri; grassy slough preserve, illinois; clifty creek preserve, tennessee; nine times preserve, south carolina; and peachtree rock heritage preserve, south carolina.
Photo by @kaigner. it makes sense that existing information on animals and eclipses is largely anecdotal since most eclipse science is – and always has been – focused almost exclusively on the sky. while eclipse anecdotes may lack quantitative data, they are enormously rich in keenly observed and documented details. in june 2001, astronomer paul murdin and about 250 volunteer naturalists set out to make concurrent field observations of african wildlife over “the three days centered on the eclipse.” for his assignment, murdin observed a pod of hippos living in mana pools national park who tended to spend their days sleeping on a sandbar and their nights grazing on the river banks. on the day of the eclipse, murdin recorded, as the light darkened, the hippos “stood and shifted and slipped into the river” like they did every evening. but the totality only lasted three minutes, and the sunlight returned before any of the animals had made it to the river bank. the hippos paused and “looked nervous.” murdin thought they seemed uncertain, as if they were confused by the disruption, and recorded that they stayed in the river for the rest of the day, “eyes and ears alert above the surface.” other observers in different parts of the park reported that, as the eclipse darkened, many birds stopped feeding and “set off for their nests.” when the light returned to their feeding grounds, so did they. however, others showed no reaction to the eclipse and apparently went about their day, unruffled and unconcerned. the baboons, however, were a slightly different story. as the eclipse progressed, they “stopped feeding” and observers speculated that they might be heading to their roosting sites. but as soon as sunlight returned, they settled down right where they were and went back to whatever amounts to business as usual for baboons. baboons, murdin noted, are “rather matter-of-fact.” ready to go eclipse chasing? visit bit.ly/notes-from-eclipses-past to find out how you can contribute to eclipse science. all you need is willingness, a couple of apps, a touch of curiosity, and you’re good to go.