Conservation by travelling in the ‘Tracks of Giants’

Olifanten op een eiland in de zambezi

Olifanten in de Zambezi

On May 1 conservationists Ian McCallum and Ian Michler will start a journey which takes them 5000 kilometers trough six countries in Southern Africa. They are  travelling in the “Tracks of Giants”, to attract attention to the environment and the animals and people in it.

Both conservationists are planning to do the entire 20-week journey, not only a part of it, but also will be joined by other team members on various stages of the expedition. They follow in the “Tracks of Giants” on foot, using mountain bikes, mekoro’s (traditional dugout canoes) and kayaks to highlight the success and failure of human-animal interface across the region and the importance of corridor and trans-frontier park conservation in the region.

The route that they are taking follows ancient elephant clusters and migration routes through Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. The expedition begins on May 01 on the Atlantic coast of Namibia, and is expected to end in early September 2012 on the KwaZulu Natal coast of South Africa.

Ancient migration routes of elephants were chosen as the general route indicators as elephants are a keystone species and play a vital ecological, social and economic role in many southern African countries as they anchor conservation initiatives and attract tourists to protected areas.

Along the way they will involve local government, conservation agencies and the local ‘giants’ of conservation. National Geographic is a digital media partner and will document the trip via extensive coverage on multiple digital platforms.

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