Les Carlisle - on Conservation
Group Conservation Manager and Rhinos Without Borders Project Manager
- Carlisle On Conservation -
Les Carlisle, &Beyond’s Group Conservation Manager and Rhinos Without Borders Project Manager, has been an intrinsic part of the &Beyond team for more than 25 years, providing invaluable conservation management across the group. His conservation successes in both Africa and India are ongoing.
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Les’s long history with &Beyond started in February 1991 with the creation of &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. He was instrumental in reintroducing predators and other species onto the Reserve and managing the game translocations required to transform it into the world-renowned reserve that it is today. He also established the initial community relationships and development committees for &Beyond’s social development partner, Africa Foundation, and played an influential role in obtaining the legal and conservation permissions necessary for the establishment of a Big Five reserve on private land.
Les spent several years overseeing Phinda’s regional development and, as the company grew, he investigated and embarked on new opportunities in other countries. As Group Conservation Manager, Les represents &Beyond on the boards of two conservation areas and advises the company on the proper management of conservation areas.
In 2012, Les was privileged to be involved in the historic reversal of a local extinction of gaur (Indian bison) in the Bandhavgarh National Park in India by applying his wildlife translocation experience. He successfully engineered and developed the protocol for mass translocation of animals by working with Indian vets and conservationists. The successful translocation of 50 gaur is testimony to the success of the training and advice that Les provided through &Beyond.
Les is also heavily involved in &Beyond’s sustainability initiatives, which are aimed at minimising the environmental impact of &Beyond’s lodges. Most recently, he has taken on the role of Project Manager for Rhinos Without Borders, a joint project by &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation that aims to translocate up to a hundred rhino as a response to the growing threat of rhino poaching.
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