The Nature Conservancy Africa@nature_africa

We’re a conservation organization working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — and taking great photographs in Africa!

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Photo by @lieselkershoff​. Water is a finite resource — just ask the Capetonians! They came face to face with the threat of their taps running dry in early 2018. But Cape Town residents helped their city avoid “Day Zero” by drastically reducing their water usage. Residents take shorter showers, use towels more than once, collect rain water, and much more. New research out today tells us that nature-based solutions — like clearing non-native invasive plants (mostly acacia, pine, and eucalyptus trees) that steal 55 billion liters of water a year in a region where every drop counts — could help ensure the city has the water it needs for its citizens, businesses, and the economically important agricultural sector. Learn more and join us in celebrating the launch of the Greater Cape Town Water Fund: nature.org/cape-town-water

Special thanks to the Water Fund's Steering Committee: @nature_org @water_and_sanitation_rsa @environmentza @westerncapegov @cityofcapetown @sanbi_za @capenature @cocacolapenbev @nedbank Remgro Ltd @wwfsouthafrica

And generous funders: @pepsico @thecocacolaco Caterpillar Foundation @levistraussco

#savewater #freshwater #capetown #southafrica #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #conservation


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Photo by @amivitale. Calling all D.C. residents and visitors! Check out the @natgeomuseum store today for your chance to meet Jecca Baillie from @beadworkskenya — an @nrt_kenya program that helps secure a sustainable future for northern Kenya's people, wildlife, and landscapes.
#beadworks #madewithlove #empowerwomen #magicalkenya #africa #protectpreserve #livenature


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Photos by @tatianakaranja. “Do you ever look at the map of Kenya and wonder what lies in some vast, open spaces that seem unoccupied? That was the thought that ran into my mind as I travelled towards @loisaba_conservancy, which lies in Laikipia. It seemed like we drove for miles without seeing any humans, but well beyond our prying eyes were diverse communities: the local inhabitants who have been there for as long as time can tell, and who play a key role in wildlife conservation. Often overlooked in the discussion of wildlife heritage and maintenance, these communities work hard to keep harmony between themselves and nature. It was refreshing to learn from them on the work they have done with organizations like The Nature Conservancy in this area, such as habitat maintenance, grazing stability programs that protect both the livestock and wildlife, education and health provision for the locals, and economically empowering projects that allow everyone to earn off the land and its resources.” This World Tourism Day, let’s all take blogger @akenyangirl’s advice and get out and explore. Read more: bit.ly/TravelInspiringOurFuture (link in bio). #worldtourismday #tembeakenya #magicalkenya #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #ecotourism


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Photo by @roshni.lodhia. Charcoal is the main source of energy for 82% of urban households in Kenya. As a result, indigenous species such as acacia trees are being chopped down at an alarming rate. Meet Frouza Maingi, a bamboo specialist and scientist for our partner Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI). The KEFRI team is working hard to test the charcoal properties of 16 tree species and 9 bamboo species in an effort to find more sustainable charcoal options like eucalyptus, which grows very fast and can be used for many things. Keep up the great work, Frouza and team! Learn more about the science behind this and the incredible women leading the effort to produce more heat from fewer trees. Link in bio.
#science #portrait #natureconnection #conservation #empowerwomen #kenya #africa #protectpreserve


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Photo by @roshni.lodhia. Judith Mbaruku uses charcoal as the energy source for frying viazi-karai (fried potato snacks) to sell to passing customers on a daily basis. In Kenya, 82% of urban and 34% of rural households use charcoal (produced by the slow heating of wood in the absence of oxygen) as their primary energy source. This makes the production of charcoal one of the largest contributors to forest degradation and causes high levels of carbon emissions. That’s why our friends at KEFRI are researching how to make charcoal production a more sustainable enterprise for both producers and consumers. They’re testing a variety of tree species in several types of kilns that carbonize wood into charcoal to determine which combination creates the most sustainable and efficient charcoal. Read more on the science behind this at: bit.ly/LessWoodForMoreCharcoal (link in bio). #saveourforests #sustainableenergy #scienceiscool #climatechange #climateaction #kenya #africa


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Video by @jason_tesla. How do you share your elephant love? Speak up for elephants this World Elephant Day by signing a virtual “thank you” card for @loisaba_conservancy’s brave anti-poaching rangers who put their lives on the line to protect wildlife that is important for local communities and cherished by people around the world. Bonus: By signing the card, you could win an elephant-themed ukulele or guitar (like the one in this video)! @elewanacollection @kwcakenya @lewa_wildlife @martinguitar @nrt_kenya @savetheelephants @unitedforwildlife @wahukagwi
#worldelephantday #loveelephants #guitar #protectpreserve #protectwildlife #livenature


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Happy World Lion Day ✨ #Regram from @beadworkskenya: “Today we celebrate #WorldLionDay. With lion populations in decline, we are proud of the community conservancies where our beading ladies live and help protect local prides. To see these two lioness with 4 healthy cubs is an encouraging and beautiful site. Swipe right to get a closer look at one of the precious 2 week old cubs! 🦁
#worldlionday #lions #lioncubs #whyilovekenya #kenya #savethelions #communityconservation #protectwildlife #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeprotection #beadworksforwildlife


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Photo by @nickhallphoto. Indigenous peoples and local communities own or manage 18 percent of the world’s land. These territories contain up to 80 percent of worldwide biodiversity. Incredible. Here, Hadza hunter Hamesi Hasani stands atop a rocky outcropping near his camp, searching his backyard wilderness in the central Great Rift Valley of Tanzania for signs of game. The Hadza are one of the last hunter-gather tribes on Earth.
#indigenousday #indigenouspeoplesday #hadza #tanzania #africa #protectpreserve #livenature


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Meet @loisaba_conservancy Security Manager Daniel Sotian Yiankere, one of Paradise International Foundation’s 2018 African Ranger Award recipients. “One of my greatest successes was the interception of 81 pieces of ivory — the person received a low fine but I am glad that today the penalties are steep after the enactment of the Wildlife Act — it helps discourage people from poaching our wildlife.” Congratulations on this well deserved award, Daniel. You’ve transformed operation at @loisaba_conservancy. Keep the conservation flame alive with your dedicated service.
#congrats #wildlifehero #wildliferanger #kenya #protectpreserve #livenature #nature #conservation


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Photos by @ggkenya. “If we don’t protect our wildlife, our children will not know what is an elephant or is a lion.” ~ Mapusano Musongo, 23, Kaindu Community Scout, Zambia. Mapusano (second from right) used to work selling bricks. His teacher taught him about animals and the benefits of protecting them for the community, such as using revenue from tourism to build schools and clinics. Now, he is a Kaindu Community Scout, patrolling Kaindu Game Ranch, which borders Zambia’s Kafue National Park. “I can introduce conservation to my family and they share with their friends so that we can stop poaching,” says Mapusano. Thank you to the 18 Kaindu scouts — and to all wildlife rangers around the world — for their heroic efforts to keep the wildlife species we all love safe.
#wildlifeheroes #wildlife #zambia #protectpreserve #protectwildlife #livenature #liveforthestory


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Video by @rossexler. Thank you for following my takeover of the @nature_africa Instagram account this week. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to share a few highlights from my recent solo three month expedition, paddling and bicycling across the African Great Lakes with you. This experience changed my life forever and I encourage you all to get out and explore what this incredible world has to offer. Leaving you today with this aerial mashup of my trip and hope you like it. p.s. If you’d like to support @nature_africa and @pathfinderint’s Tuungane Project, please visit nature.org/tuungane (link in profile). #africangreatlakes #laketanganyika #tanzania #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #adventureross


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Photo by @rossexler. Beach Management Unit Officer Raphael Kalambwe says that the work the Tuungane Project has done to create forest reserves and prevent deforestation, largely by helping local people to understand the problems of bush charcoal production, is something that he sees as a major success of the project. The mountains that you see in the background of this photo are not within Mahale Mountain National Park, but they provide equivalent habitat for chimpanzees, and allow for migration routes to prevent fragmentation of populations within the park. I like this photo because it shows the landscape scale of Tuungane. There are efforts to protect the lake through sustainable fishing and protection of water quality, education and micro finance projects in the village, sustainable agriculture components behind the village, and the forest reserves behind that.
#africangreatlakes #laketanganyika #tanzania #protectpreserve #livenature #adventureross


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