August has a trio of special celebrations which serve as a powerful reminder of our responsibility to protect and preserve the incredible diversity of life that graces our planet. World Lion Day on the 10th, World Elephant Day on 12th, and World Wild Dog Day on the 26th. These collectively shine a spotlight on these captivating species, raising awareness about their plight and underscoring the crucial role they play in maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystems.
Roaring for Conservation:
World Lion Day
A celebration of one of the most iconic and revered big cat species on earth. Lions, with their regal presence and powerful roars, embody the spirit of the wild. Beyond their undeniable beauty, lions are apex predators, helping control the populations of herbivores and maintaining the health of ecosystems.
As a testament of incredible conservation success… up until 2012 Majete Wildlife Reserve had been void of lions for decades however through a successful re-introduction by African Parks, which we partly assisted with, the lion population is flourishing, and has approximately 70 recorded in the reserve.
Conservation Malawi safari highlights the growing populations in Malawi.
Honouring the gentle Giants:
World Elephant Day
This is a tribute to these gentle giants who despite their enormity, exhibit extraordinary intelligence and complex social structures.
Beyond this, elephants are key players in their ecosystems, influencing vegetation and shaping landscapes through their foraging habits.
The Zambezi Elephant Fund is doing phenomenal work to protect these magnificent creatures and we are pleased to be able to contribute to their cause.
Classic Zimbabwe safari allows you to watch these incredible beasts as well as immerse yourself in the wonders of Zimbabwe.
Running with the pack:
World Wild Dog Day
Highlighting the fascinating and often misunderstood lives of the African wild dogs, also known as the painted wolves.
These highly social and cooperative predators contribute to maintaining prey populations and ensuring ecosystem stability.
Though they are a critically endangered species, wild dogs are flourishing in the Luangwa Valley thanks to the heroic efforts of the Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP).
Experience ZCP’s work firsthand during Carnivore Week.
Thank you for travelling with us as every bed night at our properties helps us contribute to our conservation partners: Conservation South Luangwa, Zambia Carnivore Program, African Parks, and Zambezi Elephant Fund among others.
So here is to a celebration of the beauty and significance of these species! May we be inspired to take meaningful actions so that we continue to live in a world where lions roar, elephants roam, and wild dogs thrive for generations to come.
See you soon!
The RPS Team