The Luxury Channel takes a look at the latest conservation innovations from around the world….
Brown Hyaena Density Survey In Skeleton Coast National Park
Wilderness Safaris is supporting Emsie Verwey and the Skeleton Coast Brown Hyaena Project, as she begins the first official density survey for brown hyaenas in Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park. Wilderness Safaris’ Sustainability Fund has sponsored the funds required to purchase camera traps, memory cards and batteries, in order for this vital conservation survey to begin in one of the world’s harshest wilderness environments. The Skeleton Coast Brown Hyaena Project will help to close the gap on the scarcity of studies conducted on the brown hyaena of north-western Namibia. In order to further assist the research, Wilderness Safaris is also upgrading the Research Centre at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to include a laboratory with microscopes, to aid visiting researchers and conservation students alike. The aim is for the Research Centre to become a hub of knowledge, contributing not just to local conservation efforts, but to the whole country’s as well.
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Coral Propagation Programme At Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has teamed up with Reefscapers to offer guest-orientated activities, specifically designed to help save the surrounding coral reefs under threat. The hotel is introducing a programme where coral frames are placed around the resort’s house reef, as a result of El Nino, which took place in 2016 and saw unusually warm waters cause widespread coral bleaching. Weekly interactive frame-building activities led by experts will offer hands-on experience in how to ensure marine wildlife can continue to thrive, whilst reducing your own coral reef footprint. The structures are built locally in Baa Atoll Fulhadhoo, providing an alternative business to the 250 inhabitants whose sole previous source of employment was fishing. As part of this initiative, Sheraton Maldives will also appoint a marine biologist to be stationed at the resort and conduct marine life educational workshops and guided snorkelling tours. It is hoped the coral from these frames will eventually grow onto the natural reef substrate and will improve the coral cover to build the marine habitat, increasing the number of species of fish and sea life.
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Marine Conservation Work And Eco-Initiatives At Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa has been accredited with Green Globe certification, one of the highest standards for sustainability worldwide. The hotel has implemented a number of eco-initiatives, including bottling their own water from Mount Dauban and a monthly “Sustainable Day” to get guests involved in their eco-programmes, such as: showering with a sand timer to reduce water consumption, joining in with beach clean-ups and participating in meat-free days. These new initiatives complement the positive work that Hilton’s Marine Conservation Society is having on the surrounding reefs and marine-life through its coral restoration project along the island’s north-west coast. Guests can snorkel along a 650-metre coral trail which highlights the beauty of the reef, and there is also the option to adopt a piece of coral from the coral nursery and track its growth.
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Local Eco-Initiatives At Victoria Falls
With Victoria Falls at its highest water levels in a decade, serving as a reminder of just how important it is to protect our planet. Leading Zimbabwe hospitality operator, Africa Albida Tourism, is supporting a number of environmental organisations in the local community at Victoria Falls, including: Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (established at their flagship property, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge), Victoria Falls Recycling Plant (currently recycling plastic, paper and – in due course – glass and cans) and Victoria Falls clean-up campaigns. Africa Albida Tourism also prides itself on the eco-initiatives established at its four Victoria Falls hotels. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was the first hotel in the country to employ an environmental architect and has set up a supplementary feeding site for endangered vultures in the Zambezi National Park. Five-star Victoria Falls Safari Club offers families the chance to try their Ethical Arts Package, with workshops including: a painting trip to a local Elephant Sanctuary; sculpture-making using recycled tin cans; an introduction to animal conservation; and a tour of Victoria Falls.
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Elephant Conservation Efforts At Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Providing a safe and secure habitat for elephants, the main focus of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is to promote human-elephant co-existence, monitoring the movement of herds, as well as ensuring landscape connectivity. Over 30 years of investment and commitment has allowed the team based at the Conservancy to continually record increasingly stable and rising wildlife numbers. In particular, conservation efforts by Lewa to save Africa’s iconic elephants are yielding positive results. Across a five year period, data collected from the Laikipia-Samburu-Marsabit ecosystem – regions surrounding and connecting to Lewa – showed a 12% increase in the elephant populations across the landscape.
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