With the constraints of finite resources, these collaborations bring to the table a number of key functions like implementation, fundraising, governance, communication and resources, enabling us to capitalise on the ‘multiplier effect’ where one plus one equals three!
In this age of information, there is also the challenge of cutting through the ‘noise’ for our message to be seen and heard. In these instances, we’ve used platforms like our award-winning Oceans Without Borders pledge initiative, to achieve this clear definition.
An aligned value system and collective vision are fundamental to each of these partner-platforms. Our collaborative relationships, built on a platform of trust, have evolved over time, and been instrumental to our successful impact over the last 26 years.
Empowering communities and enabling conservation
For &Beyond, our involvement with Africa Foundation represents our core tenet of Care of the People, with the Foundation as the preferred partner through which we work with the identified communities surrounding the reserves where we operate.
We believe that, in order for wildlife to thrive, local populations need to experience the benefits of participation in conservation. The Africa Foundation methodology empowers communities to grow their own capacity and to have an influence on decisions that have a direct impact on their lives, both from a social and economic point of view.
Rhinos Without Borders
An initiative aimed at combating the scourge of rhino poaching in Africa
Faced with a devastating exponential rise in illegal rhino poaching in South Africa, Rhinos Without Borders was formed in order to start moving these endangered animals away from the poaching hotspots to a safer environment.
We launched Rhinos Without Borders in 2014, in collaboration with our like-minded competitor, Great Plains Conservation. This project makes use of the conservation experts from both companies and, over time, the team has finely tuned its specialist knowledge, becoming proficient in both the mechanics and the policies involved in moving these massive animals across borders.
Oceans Without Borders
Striving to catalyste positive change accross our marine footprint
&Beyond and our community partner, Africa Foundation, are expanding the application of our wildlife conservation impact model to include the protection and sustainability of our seas, with our ‘Oceans Without Borders’ initiative.
In addition to the 9 million acres of protected wildlife land that we have pledged to sustain, our footprint now also covers over 3 000 km of African coastline.
With an increasing number of factors affecting the health of the world’s marine resources, now is the time for all of us to play our part.
Securing a future for Africa's lions in the wild
The Lionscape Coalition has been launched in partnership with the Lion Recovery Fund, &Beyond, and three other leading ecotourism operators, namely the Conservation Travel Foundation (established by Ultimate Safaris Namibia), Singita and Wilderness Safaris.
In this collaboration of competitors, all commercial considerations have been set aside for this greater cause, that Africa’s lion population has halved in the past 25 years.
World Wildlife Fund
Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) was started in 2003 to counter the dramatic decrease in numbers of black rhino, which led to their near extinction in the 1990s.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve was the first private reserve to receive black rhino as part of this historic project when 15 rhino were introduced to the reserve in 2004.
&Beyond has a formal agreement with UNISA where we identify a sustainability need across our operations
&Beyond has a formal agreement with the University of South Africa (UNISA) where we identify a sustainability need across our operations. We collectively agree and align with the UNISA Honours, Masters and PhD postgraduate programmes, allowing them to conduct their research projects through access to our operation.
This is a mutually beneficial relationship where research findings are shared with our business and we provide a robust platform for the students to conduct their research.
We also partner with other tertiary institutions, such as the University of Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, for specific projects as and when the opportunities arise.
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African Pangolin Working Group
Pangolin conservation project at Phinda
What is being done at Phinda to protect pangolins?
Breaking news is that we have partnered with the African Pangolin Working Group on a first-of-its-kind project to reintroduce the Temminck’s (ground) pangolin to a region where it has been locally extinct, bringing the species back home. The animals that have been used to start this initiative have been retrieved from illegal wildlife traders, and rehabilitated by the African Pangolin Working Group.