It is said, you never leave Africa once you have been, it remains with you always, like an ever-lasting impression on your heart. There is something about the African bush that grounds you, it awakens your natural, wild self and gives you that sense of freedom like no other place on earth. You find yourself surrounded by the most impressive wildlife on this planet and watching them in their natural environment just leaves you in awe.
It is heart-breaking to hear about the devastating effects of illegal poaching on wildlife in Africa but witnessing it first-hand gave our trustees a sense of urgency that more is need to be done to protect our threatened species. The realisation that one day our children and the generations after them, may not be able to experience animals, like the rhino, elephant, African wild dog in the wild and this was just too unbearable to think about. These emotions were part of the driving force behind the birth of Ubuntu Wildlife Trust.
Martyn Randall (our Chairman), with the support of his friends who share the same passion and enthusiasm for protecting Africa’s wildlife, came together to create our team of trustees you see before you today. Our charity will evolve with wildlife conservation, improving and adapting over the years continuing to help protect Africa’s biodiversity. We wanted to do things differently with the way we deliver our support by recognising specific needs. By implementing focused and targeted fundraising for our causes, we can provide them with the valuable resources they so desperately need. This is especially important in a time where Africa needs our support.
Ubuntu Wildlife Trust evolved from our previous organisation known as “The Wild Lion Trust” at the start of 2020. Our former trustees have been joined by an exciting new international team with bases in both the United Kingdom and South Africa.