PDC UK were delighted to be invited again by Tusk Trust to exhibit our snare art and beaded work at their annual American Express Conservation lecture at the Royal Geographical Society on 23rd October. This year the excellent talk was particularly relevant to PDC as the speaker was Clive Stockil, winner of Tusk’s inaugural Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa. Clive is an acclaimed conservationist, and a pioneer of community wildlife programmes in Zimbabwe. He spoke movingly about his experience as one of the founders of the Savé Valley Rhino Conservancy in the south east Lowveld, and discussed the problems and some of the solutions of working with local people and wildlife in Zimbabwe in the midst of the current poaching crisis. His experiences seemed to mirror almost exactly those of PDC in Hwange in the north west of the country. Like Greg and Peter, Clive Stockil – one of Africa’s great conservation pioneers – recognised many years ago how critical it was to engage local communities in conservation and deliver tangible benefits to ordinary people living alongside wildlife. Whilst Zimbabwe’s rhino population has largely been wiped out by poachers, the Savé Valley Conservancy remains host to one of three remaining key rhino populations in the country. The Conservancy also is home to a viable population of painted dogs and as such, PDC works closely with Clive and his team. At the reception after the talk, there was great interest in our snare sculptures and beaded work and a total of £525 was raised for PDC. Our grateful thanks to Tusk for including us in such a fascinating evening.
PDC UK is proud to promote a unique opportunity to visit PDC in the field in Zimbabwe, both in Hwange and in Mana Pools. The fabulous safari will be led by PDC UK Patron and TV Vet Steve Leonard and, working with Peter Blinston, Project Director in Hwange and Greg Rasmussen, founder of PDC, in Mana Pools. Visit Spencer Scott Travel to learn more . . Download Booking Conditions. Download Safari Itinerary.