May Newsletter

May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Famous Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum once said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” At Safari West, we couldn’t agree more. Back when we started this place, one of the first things we did was to reach out to the schools. We have always hoped that by teaching children about our animals and their environments, we will inspire in them a sense of curiosity and compassion for the wider world.

We like to think that this idea is working out pretty well. Each year we see more and more schools putting together field trips to Safari West and each year we update our trek program to ensure that it stays current with the latest in conservation science. Right now we are in the heart of the 2016 trek season with two or more schools showing up every day of the week. It’s hard to overstate just how satisfying it is to watch our Trek vehicles (the African Queen and Nairobi minibus) rumbling around property loaded with grinning, inquisitive children. It’s even more exciting when we talk to the kids. The knowledge they arrive with is shocking, and their enthusiasm is infectious. We’re encountering more and more children making their second, third, or even fourth trips out into the collection and the sheer volume of what these kids learn and remember is simply amazing!

A visit to Safari West will expose you to many vulnerable and endangered species but perhaps surprisingly, the experience is almost always uplifting. The up and coming generations know a lot about wildlife and ecology and they care about it even more. The world seems to be passing into good hands and we’re incredibly honored if we can play even a small part in helping that to happen.

Nancy & Peter Lang
Founders of Safari West

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