WILDERNESS FOUNDATION AFRICA works from its base in South Africa to protect wildlife and wilderness in partnership
with local communities. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching in the field, large landscape wilderness management, or
developing rising young leaders from disadvantaged communities for a career in conservation, the Wilderness Foundation has
over 45 years of results.
The Foundation was established in 1972 by conservation pioneer Dr Ian Player, who led the team that saved the white rhino from
extinction in the 1960’s, an action-legacy that the Wilderness Foundation continues today, working against wildlife crime and combating
the rhino poaching crisis.
Wilderness Foundation Africa is a project-driven conservation and leadership organisation that encourages, plans and protects wild lands and
wilderness, uplifts the knowledge and lives of citizens and stimulates an environmental ethos among current and future leaders.
Through our 3 key focus areas of Species, Spaces and People, we envisage a world that has sufficient intact natural ecosystems and wilderness areas that
are valued and effectively protected for the benefit of all.
Wilderness Foundation Africa has developed a number of holistic skills development and education interventions that harness the healing power of nature, to equip
vulnerable youth to be economically active and environmentally responsible citizens.
At the core of these interventions are carefully developed physical and psychological wellness programmes which aim to provide specific support to the participants as they
complete the employability, skills development or vocational training aspects depending on which project they are enrolled in. Furthermore, the Foundation has seen just how
powerfully young people respond to spending time in wilderness areas and based on their long history of using the healing power of nature for personal and social transformation,
the Foundation has integrated various levels of Wilderness Trail activities into our holistic intervention projects.
Key element of the Youth Development Programme include:
• Holistic and nature-based social intervention projects
• Empowering vulnerable youth with essential soft and hard skills to sustain livelihoods
• Pathway development: e.g. employment and work internship placement as well as further education opportunities
• Personal growth and development, leadership and environmental awareness