Svein at TEDx: Our grand plan to save Africa’s wildlife

Svein at TEDx: Our grand plan to save Africa’s wildlife

TEDx has a wish to change the world one talk at a time. Now Svein Wilhelmsen founder of Basecamp Explorer has joined the famous group of Michelle Obama, Al Gore. Bill Clinton and others at TEDx Talk to explain one of the great threats of the modern world. Listen to Svein as he encounters the Africa.

What is the real threat in africa?

The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is one of such areas, a unique place with outstanding wildlife species. This ecosystem stretches over 24,000km² of land with the Serengeti in Tanzania in the south and the Masai Mara in Kenya to the north.

Three zebras grazing on the Basecamp Explorer Leopard Hill campground, with man in foreground looking into the distance.
Photo by Kirsti Ikonen

The Masai Mara National Reserve is globally unique and famous for the great wildebeest migration, one of the few remaining areas with a rich diversity of wildlife. The Masai Mara ecosystem is also home to the famous Maasai tribe. The Maasais, who were once a proud and self-sufficient society, are now facing many social, economic, political and environmental challenges.

To combat these threats a couple of foresighted Maasai leaders approached Basecamp Explorer with an invitation to establish a private conservancy. They realized that the privatization of land did not only create considerable challenges but also great opportunities. For Basecamp, this was the opportunity to scale our work considerably and create a model for natural resource management that equally empowered local people and protected wildlife. That is how Mara Naboisho was established.

What can you do to help?

Today, the Naboisho model has been scaled across the northern part of Masai Mara. This means that over 500 families have got a much better life. There has been an incredible increase in wildlife populations, proving nature’s strong ability to bounce back if only given a chance. The variation in topography and vegetation allows for a wide variety of species, including cheetah, leopard, lions, and elephants to thrive. Today, Mara Naboisho has one of the largest density of lions on the planet, with a good chance of finding them due to the open plains. There is need to develop more preservation programs to ensure that these animals are protected in their natural habitat all around Africa. And you can bid in by responsible travel. Mara needs visitors to stay alive.


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