Welcome to our Community section. Here you can find information about the charities, organisations and individuals that we as wildlife lovers support and promote as much as we can.
Wildlife is at the heart of everything we do and we love to share our findings with other wildlife enthusiasts, so keep checking back to see what else we have found.
WildFoot Travel Declares a Climate Emergency
At WildFoot Travel, we believe in the transformative power of travel to support conservation efforts around the world. Sustainable wildlife tourism maintains habitats and promotes positive attitudes towards animals as a result of its positive socio-economic impact. However, we understand that travel is a carbon intensive activity and contributes to climate change an existential threat to wildlife and communities around the world and that’s why WildFoot Travel are joining with other voices around the world in declaring a climate emergency. WildFoot join a collective of over 180 travel organisations and companies who are coming together to find sustainable solutions to the climate crisis through the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency initiative. As a signatory of Tourism Declares:
- We accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030, in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming.
- We are developing a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in the total carbon emissions per customer arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us.
- We’ll share an initial public declaration of our plan and update on progress each year.
- We’ll work with our suppliers and partners, encouraging them to join us in signing Tourism Declares, share best practice amongst peers and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community.
- We recognise the need for system change across the industry and will work with others to accelerate a transition towards carbon-free tourism.
Friends of WILDFOOT...
Kerry NewellWildlife Artist
Wildfoot has teamed up with renowned wildlife artist Kerry Newell, who has travelled all over the world capturing amazing images of wildlife, from wolves to tigers and whales to hummingbirds and translating them on to canvas.
Kerry has worked with another of Wildfoot’s partners, the AfriCat Foundation in Namibia, the leading conservation organisation for cheetahs and other Africa big cats.
She also accepts commissions – one of her recent customers is long-time fan, Chris Packham, the well known TV nature presenter.
Kerry writes a periodical blog, which Wildfoot is pleased to share with you.
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Holly BudgeHolly Budge, founder of ‘How Many Elephants’, is inspiring and educating a global audience about the devastating impacts of the elephant ivory trade and here at WILDFOOT we are only too happy to help with such a worthy and honourable cause.
World record adventurer and Everest Summiteer Holly Budge has two world records under her belt, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and on another occasion, race semi-wild horses 1000 kms across Mongolia in just nine days. Holly’s talents are not limited to adventure; she is an acclaimed artist, a passionate conservationist and founder of How Many Elephants, an award-winning charity raising awareness of the plight of elephants in Africa. Holly has raised over £300K for charitable initiatives to date.
Nick DyerIntroducing Nick Dyer who co-founded the Painted Wolf Foundation to highlight and raise awareness of the plight of Wild Dogs across Africa.
In 2014 he met Peter Blinston, head of Painted Dog Conservation. Their shared passion developed into a strong friendship. Together with leading conservationist, Diane Skinner, they have set up the Painted Wolf Foundation (www.paintedwolf.org), an organisation designed to raise awareness support wild dog conservation across Africa.
The aim of the Painted Wolf Foundation is to raise awareness about this much threatened and ignored species and support organisations that conserve painted wolves in the field.
Here is a story Nick wrote for Travel Africa along with some of his excellent photographs and a short video...
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WILDFOOT Travel are proud to be the photographic travel partner of Travel Photographer of The Year!
The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards are run by photographers for photographers. Wherever you live in the world and whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, Travel Photographer of the Year is for you!Visit website
WILDFOOT's Trusted Partners
Craghoppers is a recognised global outdoor and adventure travel specialist. As a trusted partner of Craghoppers we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a 20% discount code to use on the Crahoppers online store:
DISCOUNT CODE: WF20
Peak Design are a design company which produce award-winning bags, camera accessories, GoPro® mounts and other gear that helps you follow your passions. Their products are innovative, beautifully crafted, and quite literally the best in their category.
Travel Africa provide a full and balanced context on the African continent. Encouraging people to look beyond the news headlines and appreciate the diversity and balance of this wonderful continent and her people and rich natural heritage. They take great pride in being able to assist people to make qualified decisions on where to travel, based on the reality of what is actually going on on the ground.
Gin and Elephants. As combinations go, it’s not an obvious one. But Elephant Gin is more than just the obvious choice. The founders were inspired to create Elephant Gin following their own adventures in Africa. With a vision to conserve the wildlife they feel so passionately for, they decided to launch a product that would help conservation trusts.
WILDFOOT are proud to support the following charities:
Now in its 27th year the Birdfair is a fantastic annual event dedicated to raising valuable funds and promoting knowledge of wildlife conservation efforts across the world. Described as the “Birdwatcher's Glastonbury”, The Birdfair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust & the RSPB, and WILDFOOT are delighted to offer our continued support to what is the world's largest international birdwatching event!
The Africat Foundation is a fabulous charity that works tirelessly on wildlife conservation efforts throughout Namibia and here at WILDFOOT we are only too happy to help with such a worthy and honourable cause. Based on Okonjima Nature Reserve the Africat Foundation strive towards their goal of the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores by promoting education to local communities and investing in essential research that aims to make this possible. Many of our Namibian excursions feature a visit to the Africat Foundation to see first-hand the excellent work that they carry out.
South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project
WILDFOOT are proud to support the South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project which aims to counter the devastating effect of the introduction and spread of Norway brown rats and other rodents to South Georgia, which has resulted in dwindling native bird populations. This groundbreaking restoration project aims to save the island’s native habitats by attempting to completely eradicate rodents from the island.
Dian Fossey Foundation
In 1967, Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke™ Research Center in Rwanda’s Virunga mountains to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas. Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work has continued through the Karisoke Research Center and grown into conservation efforts for other wildlife and programs for people who live near the gorillas.
Wader Quest is a charity created with the main purpose of ensuring the conservation and survival of shorebirds (also known as Waders) throughout the world. Wader Quest works tirelessly to promote Community Wader Conservation, a project concerned with trying to get each and every one of us to participate on a local level to help bring about a positive future for our bird populations.
Save the Albatross
Save the Albatross is a campaign set up by the RSPB and is one which is particularly close to our hearts. One of the greatest moments on an Antarctica or Alaskan cruise is the sighting of an elusive Albatross and by supporting campaigns such as this we can help to ensure that these magnificent birds are saved from the threat of extinction.
Wildlife SOS actively work towards protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities or those communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance.
Painted Wolf Foundation
The painted wolf is Africa’s most persecuted predator. It is also its most elusive and enigmatic. The aim of the Painted Wolf Foundation is to raise awareness about this much threatened and ignored species and support organisations that conserve painted wolves in the field.
How Many Elephants
'How Many Elephants' is a design-led campaign, inspiring and educating a global audience about the devastating impact of the elephant ivory trade, and here at WILDFOOT we are only too happy to help with such a worthy and honourable cause.
Msaada assists the people of Rwanda to restore their dignity and their livelihoods that were destroyed by the 1994 genocide by establishing self-help income-generating projects.
As well as protecting the wildlife and landscapes of the areas we visit, we also place an equal importance upon helping the local communities of those areas. As such, we actively encourage all of our customers travelling to certain African, Asian and South American areas to participate in the Pack for a Purpose scheme.
The idea behind Pack for a Purpose is simple; just leave a small amount of space in your luggage for taking much-needed supplies to some of the communities you will visit. This could be anything from school stationery to baby clothes and bed linens. Just tell us your destination and we can provide a list of all required items.Visit website