Wildlife Encounters of a Different Kind

Mana PoolsThere’s a great way of seeing some of nature’s rare wildlife species, up close in their natural environment, in a way that actually assists work to improve their prospects of survival.

It’s called a ‘joint venture safari’, which we have pioneered, combining thrilling insight to the life of endangered species while working closely with wildlife organisations to support vital conservation efforts.

“Our safaris connect you directly with the day-to-day operations of programmes in the field, “ explains Spencer Scott’s Director, Liz Drake. “That involves visiting project sites and meeting the key field officers, as well as participating in the collection of critical data, such as locating den sites or monitoring breeding levels.”  Group members, where possible, also get to observe community-based conservation initiatives, like vaccination programmes, that help in mitigating human-animal conflict. It all adds up to an extraordinary wildlife experience; an all-encompassing safari, which actually contribute to the sustainable future of the natural world and some of the world’s most precious and endangered species.

Wolf Dog PackSpencer Scott has been offering extraordinary wildlife encounters for the past 25 years, taking small parties to see wolves in the Ethiopian mountains, tigers in Nepal and India, mountain gorillas in Uganda & Rwanda, polar bears in Svalbard, jaguars in The Pantanal, ‘big cats’ in Africa etc

We work in partnership with Born Free Foundation, Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, Painted Dog Conservation and Jaguars in the Fringe, building on relationships cemented over many years.

Leading conservation naturalists and biologists, such as Simon King, Chris Packham, Virginia McKenna, Stephen Mills, Steve Leonard, Professor Claudio Sillero and Dr Greg Rasmussen, host the safaris, increasing their special appeal and unique value.

Ethiopia Wolf PackJoint venture safaris support specific conservation programmes through donations and employing local field staff, providing added benefits of helping to increase public awareness and support, building loyalty and long term financial commitment. “They are mutually beneficial, achieving a balance between tourism and conservation.” Liz Drake.

Each joint venture safari evolves in partnership with a leading conservation agency and a world renowned naturalist in place to host the programme. Each is bespoke with just one departure date and for a handful of guests.

We are currently offering joint venture safaris to monitor wolf packs in Ethiopia, to help located dens of Painted Dogs and to observe the start of the annual vaccination programme in Zimbabwe, and following the lives of individual African cats in the Masai Mara.

“Our joint venture safaris are a great way for you to personally contribute to the sustainable future of the natural world and enjoy wildlife encounters of an extraordinary kind, “says Liz Drake, “We’d love to have you join us on of our next enthralling wildlife encounters.”