All too often, people feel disheartened by the state of the world, especially in terms of conservation, and feel there is very little that they can personally do to change it. However, that is not true – if everyone did one small thing, it truly would change the outlook for the natural world, and could also be extremely beneficial for local people who live alongside it.
Of course, the simplest way of helping is to donate. Don’t feel that a small amount is insignificant – every single pound, dollar or Tanzanian shilling helps us improve the situation for both people and wildlife. Just US$2 can provide a schoolchild with lunch for a month, while US$15 will print educational materials about wildlife for local people. US$100 will enable a community camera-trap officer to collect vital information on wildlife for a month, while $200 will pay for a Lion Defender to protect the community and stop lion hunts. $2500 will support a Simba Scholar for a year, while $20,000 would enable us to purchase a good quality used field vehicle. Donations don’t have to be in cash – we also have Amazon wishlists for the project on both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com
However, we understand that not everyone can support financially, and there are other ways to help. For example, you could twin a school through our Kids 4 Cats programme, could help us with citizen science efforts, or simply do what you can to raise awareness of conservation issues, for example by writing about it, or my sharing our news on social media. You might be able to volunteer your time or skills to our Oxford team in the UK, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept volunteers or non-Tanzanian undergraduate students. There are some limited opportunities for graduate students: please contact email@example.com for consideration.
Citizen science is a great way to become involved in conservation projects happening in remote regions like the Ruaha landscape in Tanzania. All you have to do is register and follow the simple prompts to start to make a difference.
Whatever you are able to do, it is all incredibly valuable for conservation and we thank you wholeheartedly for your efforts. The current challenges facing the natural world are indeed daunting, but together, we can make a real difference and substantially improve the outlook for both wildlife and local communities. Thank you!