Expedition Project Blog

#WCSA21 – A Conference with a difference

The idea was ambitious, but the inaugural online conference, hosted by The Expedition Project, was epic! The event spanned two days and was full to the brim of captivating talks from a diverse array of speakers.

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Wildlife Conservation in South Africa (Online Conference)

Welcome to a limited blog series in which I will introduce you to a conference that The Expedition Project will be hosting in collaboration with the UK universities Nottingham, Edinburgh, and RVC over the weekend of 5-6 June 2021.

This blog will provide you with information about the speakers and some of their research and will signpost you to opportunities to engage with them through The Expedition Project. I will also keep everyone updated over the course of the weekend and our group of ambassadors will personally reflect on the talks when they take place.

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World Renown Wildlife Vet, Dr Peter Rogers

With over 30 year’s experience, Dr Peter Stewart Rogers is considered one of the most experienced wildlife veterinarians in the world. He specializes in the capture and veterinary care of some of South Africa’s most endangered species, including the southern white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African elephant, cheetah, African wild dog, African Lion, Temminck’s ground pangolin and many other species.

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Online Courses: Your Opportunity to Protect Conservation in Africa

Covid-19 travel restrictions have had a devastating impact on conservation in South Africa. Most reserves rely heavily on tourism revenue to protect wildlife and sustain ecosystems. Some even depend on a steady supply of student volunteers from abroad. We wanted to respond to this challenge. So we teamed up with South African conservation projects and international ambassadors to create online courses. These raise funds for our partners through our Conservation Collaboration Fund. is our response to this challenge. Available through our Project Shop, they present opportunities to learn about African wildlife and help us to protect it.

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What Drives the Massive Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa?

The Novel Coronavirus and the belief that it originated in the illegal wildlife trade, has highlighted this burning issue. Wildlife organisations have called for total bans on the trade; governments have made a range of announcements. But how effective have trade bans been in the past? And what are the market demands that sustain the trade? Can the steady supply be arrested at its source?

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