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Sustainability in Practice

Yesterday we arrived at Homtini Eco-lodge in Knysna! The owner Jeremy gave us a talk about food security/sovereignty as…

Ethical, Economic and Social Perspectives on Conservation

Shark diving today!!! As excited as I was about it, I still had some hesitations and mixed feelings…

Community gardens, swimming with seals, and a botany lecture

Yesterday, we woke up a bit early to go on our seal-swimming escapade. After jumping into our wetsuits…

Birds and Braais in Plettenberg Bay

Yesterday was mostly a driving day, so I’m thankful we spent some time on Table Mountain in the morning….

The Busiest Day Yet!

Today was definitely our busiest day thus far. We went on a hike of Lion’s Head, which supposedly looks…

Welcome to South Africa!

This series of blog posts follow one of our students, Madison Knutson, as she experiences South Africa through…

Testimonials

Conservation Global organized a dually educational and adventurous experience across South Africa. As a student I was able to learn more about apartheid and its effects on the nation from prominent political leaders. Also, I was able to better understand the needs and efforts of conservationists across the area to protect some of the worlds most endangered animals. From finding dolphins in the Indian Ocean, cage diving with great whites, and spotting lions on the game reserve, this experience reestablished the necessity in myself to protect our wild lands across the globe. If we do not protect them, who will?

Anna Hixson March 25th, 2015

My week spent on Gondwana Game Reserve with Conservation Global was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I was fortunate enough to travel to South Africa with Franklin University Switzerland on academic travel in the spring of 2015. Bonding with the staff and learning about the animals in their natural environment made for one incredible week. Each day was filled with activities and lectures that were as entertaining as they were educational. As a group we had a lecture in the morning either from a member of the knowledge staff or from a local expert. We learned about native bee populations and were treated to honey samples from the region and were given a demonstration on the practice of tagging and tracking animals on the reserve. Perhaps the most memorable was when we were taught how to properly handle a tranquilizer gun and had a competition to see who could get a bullseye! After the morning lecture, the group would split up for the safari in which the staff took great care to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Later in the afternoon we would regroup for a drink and to admire the scenery. I have the utmost respect for Conservation Global and the work they are doing—hoping to return to South Africa soon!

Solange Pittet March 1st, 2015

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