The story of Great Plains Conservation… What brought this all about? Over the past decades we have agonisingly witnessed how much of the world’s majestic and symbolic wildlife, parks and wildernesses have come under increasing threat despite all the conservation efforts to protect them. These species and their habitats are being poached, hunted, developed, mined, polluted, used and abused at an alarming rate. Today, often as a result of expanding population pressure, these rare places are valued less, not more; protected less, not more. In order to secure a future for the planet’s last remaining wildernesses, these threats must stop; and alternative, bold, sustainable conservation models must be created – those that integrate communities, Government and the private sector.
Five individuals in their 50s pooled their wide ranging skills and experience to create innovative, world-class conservation projects in a number of diverse and threatened habitats throughout Africa, the Indian Ocean and eventually in India. The world’s citizens must make a choice – “where to from here?” We believe there can only be one goal – saving some of the last great, iconic, and wild places of the world.
This is the mission: to find the right formula between conservation, communities and commerce. Great Plains Conservation’s model takes stressed and threatened environments, surrounds them with compassionate protection and intelligent management.