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 @kodilu during expedition #Okavango18 for @NatGeo. Couldn’t resist a repost! Mud bath anyone? #Regram from @intotheokavango: “The sheer joy this elephant was having playing in the mud was a beautiful experience the team shared out in the Okavango Delta. Travelling down the bridled channels, peacefully gliding along the water, one’s senses are alert to every smell, sound and sight on offer. It is vastly different to travelling by car, boat or foot. The sense of freedom and oneness with the wilderness often means sightings like this elephant, who was totally relaxed right in front of us, are common, and such a privilege to share. We highly recommend enjoying a mokoro ride wherever you get an opportunity and tune-in to your surroundings, basking in the beauty of nature. As John Muir once said: ‘In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks’.” ⠀⠀⠀
#intotheokavango #botswana #desertdelta #africa #saveelephants #majesticwildlife #protectpreserve


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Photo by Anton Ivanov. Exciting news: TNC is officially working with partners in the Okavango! Every year, in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, an abundance of life flourishes. Rains that fall on highlands in Angola take as long as six months to flow the length of the Okavango river system and wet the furthest reaches of its inland desert delta, which doubles in size to 5,000 square miles during its flood season. This breathtaking ecosystem supports Africa’s largest remaining population of elephants, provides water for 1 million people, and attracts 1.3 million tourists each year. Also home to African wild dogs, big cats, and endangered birds, the Okavango Delta is one of the most biodiverse habitats in Africa. Click the link in our bio to meet our INCREDIBLE new Okavango Basin Program Director Sekgowa Motsumi (can you tell we’re excited to have him on board?!) and learn how this new project aims to preserve the unique biodiversity of this spectacular place while improving the lives of local people.
@nature_org @insidenatgeo @intotheokavango
#okavango #aerial #botswana #africa #savewater #desertoasis #protectpreserve #livenature


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Photo and words by @roshni.lodhia. What is to be said about Leah Orwangas, a Maasai woman who had the courage to fight for her land rights? Leah welcomed me, the photographer, into her home as if I were a family member. Just moments later, there was a rush of footsteps behind me. Her grandchildren had come to see her and Leah greeted them with joy and laughter. Come to think of it, she was smiling or laughing throughout my stay there. We walked outside where she shared her story. After her husband died, a man from Arusha city tried to take away her land. At the time, she wasn't aware of her inheritance rights. But with the help of Ujamaa Community Resource Team, a founding partner of the Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative, she was able to get her land back. Leah spoke up as a Maasai woman, which is not an easy task in her community. Leah explained how she is now a leader and a source of light for other women in her community: "When people see me now, they respect me for who I am. They seek advice from me."
@carbontanzania @honeyguide_tz @maliasili_tz @pathfinderint @africanpeoplewildlife @nature_org
#maasai #tanzania #africa #wilderness #livenature #landscapelover #grandmotherslove #storiesuntold


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Photo by @rossexler and words by @matayobrown. “We are ready.” Those words have been on the top of my mind since May when I traveled to Kigoma, Tanzania, for a four-day review of the Tuungane Project, a partnership with @pathfinderint. While we’re focused on securing forest habitat for endangered chimpanzees and creating sustainable fisheries on Lake Tanganyika, they’re focused on improving the health of women and children by helping people plan their families. Yet we’re an integrated team with a shared vision of success. We’ve come far in the last six years. More than 35% of forest habitat and 12 fish breeding sites are now protected. Twelve health facilities have been renovated, and 132 medical staff have been trained in emergency obstetric and newborn care. After more than half the families in a village became “model households” demonstrating positive health and sustainability behaviors, we adjusted the measuring stick to create a “model village” that would advance progress across the entire ecosystem. On the last day of the project review, we reported our progress to 25 visiting local government officials. Buhingu Ward Councilor Masoud Sibonja declared, “My village is ready. We want to be a model village. We cannot wait any longer. Change is happening too fast. We are ready.” 🌿
#weareready #families #fisheries #forests #chimp #cutebabyanimals #tanzania #protectpreserve


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Photo by @roshni.lodhia. Quick note to our Instagram friends: You’ll notice our captions say “we” a lot. Oftentimes when you see this, “we” means our growing team of partners, scientists, fishers, wildlife rangers, government and business leaders, farmers, pastoralists, and many others alongside our determined staff. And, of course, the foundation of all that we do together is our generous supporters. Big thanks and high fives to you all. Looking forward to an exciting year together. Here, TNC’s Anthony Kariuki (right) and data technician Gilbert Cosgei (left) sample water in the Upper Tana-Nairobi watershed. Gilbert shared, “Macro-invertebrates like stoneflies and mayflies tell you a lot about the river. Any disturbance, any pollution, the more sensitive species will disappear. So you can use them to monitor the effects of human activities.” #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #sciencefun #savewater #kenya #protectpreserve #livenature


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Photo by Sidra Monreal. Something changes when we go outside. Our spirits are lifted and the stresses of everyday life shrink away. We find inspiration by observing the big things, like epic landscapes, and the small things, like the patterns of moss on a rock. Nature gives us all a little something different. That’s why we asked our 2018 Photo Contest participants to share reflections on just how meaningful nature is in their lives. Here’s what Sidra Monreal had to say: “Nature is a constant reminder of both mortality & also our resilience. Life adapts to so many contrasting environments. Life overcomes so many challenges & obstacles, evolving over the ages to become stronger, learning & growing.” 🧡#sossusvlei #desert #landscape #namibia #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #nature #conservation


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Crawling into the first weekend of 2019 like this baby olive ridley sea turtle in Gabon. Have a wonderful one, everybody! 🥳
#seaturtle #cuteanimalvideos #gabon #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #happyweekend


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Photo and video by @roshni.lodhia. Kicking off the new year with our best poses! Swipe left for a special thank you from the A-Team to you. Asante sana (thank you!) for an incredible 2018 and cheers to another great year ahead! 🎉
#happynewyear #cheers #asantesana #joblove #tanzania #africa #protectpreserve #livenature


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Photo by digital fly/Getty Images​. Together we can do so much and in 2018 we did! Change is coming quickly in Africa. We need to work faster, smarter, and bigger. So we're evolving our approach to blend site-based work with cross-cutting strategies that address some of the most complex, urgent pressures on nature. As we look back at the successes you've made possible this year, we look through a new lens: the strategies that help us secure wild places, protect our water sources, improve fisheries and marine habitats, make farming and development more sustainable, and reduce deforestation. Click the link in our bio to read the 2018 TNC Africa Year in Review. Many thanks to our incredible partners and generous supporters!
#thejourneycontinues #crownedcrane #wild #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #nature #conservation


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Photo by @jasonbhouston. Our planet faces many threats. But as we look back on the year and look ahead to the next horizon, there is a lot of reason to be hopeful. 81,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean (the size of Great Britain) are now protected off of Seychelles in the form of two marine protected areas. The smaller area protects the isolated Aldabra archipelago, home to an ecosystem with evolutionary diversity as inspiring as that of the Galapagos. It’s home to the endangered dugong and 100,000 rare tortoises that breed only there. The larger area includes a stretch of deep ocean important to the country’s fishing and tourism industries. Humanity has a quality of finding creative solutions to challenges like this one. With your generous support, we’re bringing together innovative minds and technologies to protect the forests, rivers, and oceans we all depend on. Thank you.
#oceanoptimism #gianttortoise #seychelles #africa #protectpreserve #protectourocean #livenature


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Photo by @amivitale. Looking for a good way to share your love of Africa this holiday season? Help @beadworkskenya grow. ❤️ This initiative run by our friends at @nrt_kenya is supporting women in northern Kenya by creating market access for their traditional beaded crafts. As demand is now outpacing supply, BeadWORKS urgently needs funds to buy supplies, train beaders on new designs, and enlarge their headquarters. Learn more and make a meaningful difference: nrt-kenya.org/beadworks (link in bio). #beadworks #madewithlove #empowerwomen #happyholidays #magicalkenya #protectpreserve #livenature


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Photo by @roshni.lodhia. "I believe that farmers don’t have to choose between healthy habitat and higher yields. We can — and must — do both. The future of Africa depends on it." @matayobrown. Here, Joseph Gatheru uses a rainwater harvesting pan provided by the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund to irrigate food crops in the dry season. bit.ly/FeedingAGrowingContinent
#sustainableagriculture #healthyhabitat #kenya #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #nature


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