In case you’re wondering what you’re looking at, this is a Bontebok. In the early 20th century these striped antelopes were nearly extinct until in the 1930’s Bontebok National Park was created to protect the surviving population. As South Africa’s smallest National Park, it’s not a must see, but it was a convenient stopping point for us along our route.
We enjoyed watching the Bonteboks, and while we only planned to stay 1 night we ended up spending 2 there since we had to wait for an employee from our rental car company to drive from Cape Town to attempt to fix our broken roof tent (see my Simon’s Town post for more background). Thanks to the help of some fellow campers and a Park ranger, our tent was repaired and we were able to continue our journey with minimal interruption 😅
In Thailand there is so much to report about. Today we would like to look back to the time when we went out with Dr. Wayne Phillips and his research students.
Wayne is a well known conservationist in the Bangkok / Pattaya area and his work is huge!
One thing he does is beach cleanups to sort through the waste he finds and to categorize it into different species. 🕵
What can we learn from that? We know what plastics are out there.
And guys, let us tell you, it's not only water and soda bottles. Don't forget the toiletries in your bathroom! 😵
Shampoo. Shower gel. Conditioner. Make up. Lotions. Toothpaste. Etc.
All these come in plastic bottles which is waste that we can and SHOULD reduce! 👉Shampoo and shower gel can be purchased as bars, so they only come wrapped in paper.
👉Conditioner should be omitted entirely as it contains harmful chemicals and can not be made naturally. 👉Lotions can be swapped out with all natural coconut oil.
👉Make up and toothpaste can be made at home with all natural ingredients. Find recipes on Google and play with it until you find one that suits your needs. 💁Have a look in your bathroom, how many plastic bottles do you have in only that one room? How many do you think you could reduce to with some eco friendlier choices?
Let us know what you struggle with and we can help you find a solution for it! 💚🌴🐢 #NavigatingNature#ecofriendly#eco#ecowarriors#research#species#endangeredspecies#plasticfree#plasticocean#beachcleanup#breakfreefromplastic#plastic#diy#cosmetics#fashion#fortheoceans#turtles#love#travelBlog#conservationist#naturelover#vegan#vegancouple#vegantravels#zerowaste#lowimpact
These are my long term foster pricklies Razor and Star, they are both disabled. We give them free roam of our garden and a safe place to do their hoggy things, it's kind of wild but safe.
Star was in an RTA and now has a dodgy leg and no teeth, and Razor was found wound up in Razor wire and no one thought he would live. His injuries mean some of his spines don't work properly so he cannot defend himself in the wild.
They are weighed weekly and checked in on daily to make sure they are ok.
On the front lines of wildlife conservation.
Our guide, Alex Hunter and the Director of the Tsavo Trust Richard Moller, stand with the dedicated rangers of the Trust and the Kenyan Wildlife Service at one of the small outposts along the eastern border of Tsavo East National Park.
With one exception (at Ol Pejeta), rangers working for nonprofits in Kenya go unarmed. Only trained KWS rangers are allowed weapons. In Tsavo East, with its proximity to Somalia, this makes their jobs even more hazardous.
While most of their work involves dealing with small game snares, crop raiding wildlife, and charcoal operations, rangers from this outpost have engaged in shooting battles with ivory and rhino poachers and have suffered casualties.
We are still raising finishing funds to finish the film, so please consider supporting independent conservation documentaries through our fiscal sponsor @idaorg.
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