Dear friends of the College,
It is with some disbelief and excitement that we find ourselves at the end of the second quarter of the year!
2023 is certainly progressing rapidly but this does not mean that little has happened since the Quarter 1 edition of the Bateleur went out. Apart from us hosting a number of guests, donors, film crews, workshops and groups on site, we continue with our vital work across departments and invite you to take a look at the progress being made. This, the second edition for the year, also coincides with our annual European business development trip.
Theresa Sowry, the SAWC CEO and I were looking forward to meeting face to face with some of our funding partners to discuss the on-going and exciting work that the College is involved in, the grants made, and how we continue to support our respective organisations’ purpose whilst creating positive impact. And what a whirlwind of a trip this is was, kicking off with a private screening of Global Conservation Corps’ Rhino Man movie in London hosted The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales. Another highlight was the Friends of African Wildlife event at Haute in Zurich on 16 June and meeting one of our newest funding partners in Geneva. So, for us it has been a time of gearing up for the presentations in London, Geneva, Zurich, Germany and Budapest before returning to London for further meetings with The Royal Foundation/United for Wildlife and Rufford Foundation before flying home.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish our long-standing partner Tusk Trust all the best with the Lewa Safari Marathon taking place on 26 June as well as with the 2023 Wildlife Ranger Challenge, in which the College is participating in support of rangers across Africa. Tusk’s mission is to amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa and for over thirty years, Tusk has helped pioneer a range of successful conservation initiatives across more than 20 countries, increasing vital protection for over 50 million hectares of land and more than 40 different threatened species.
The College would not be able to do the vital work and training we do without the support of all our stakeholders, including our donors and we look forward to reporting back on these and other initiatives in the next issue of the Bateleur.