Original photo: Joost Rooijmans You’ve just had the most incredible wildlife encounter of your life: A lion roaring right next to your vehicle. Other than amazing experiences with wildlife, here are four other reasons why it’s great to volunteer in wildlife...
Environmental conservation has an impact on every level of life on the planet, from landowners in developing countries to threatened animal species. It’s an essential part of sustainable development, which is why GVI makes wildlife protection a key focus in volunteer...
Original photo: CIPE More than 35% of the world’s mangroves have disappeared, making mangrove forests one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. Compelling reasons to protect these habitats have surfaced in recent years as we begin to understand more about...
If you have a passion for cats, or, in fact, fast cars, it’s likely you’ve read up a bit about the magnificent animal known as the cheetah. Quick, agile, and, at the same time, beautiful, these magnificent cats are the world’s fastest land animal and are, sadly, under...
There are only around 415,000 remaining wild African Elephants. In Asia, the situation is worse: there are only around 50,000 elephants remaining. Elephant numbers are in decline due to threats such as poaching for ivory, conflict with humans and habitat loss and...
Africa’s amazing wildlife is a famed trademark of this stunning continent and many visitors travel to Africa especially to see these animals and observe their day-to-day movements. But being popular comes at a price. Many of these creatures have fallen prey to the...
Original photo: Isabel Sommerfeld Cape Town, South Africa is a city of contrasts. On one hand, it is a city of spectacular scenery such as frosted mountains, luscious vineyards, and botanical gardens for visitors to enjoy. On the other hand, one cannot ignore the...
Original photo: Marketa 'Tis the season for giving, so why not pay it forward? Instead of buying another pair of socks for dad, spread some of that Christmas cheer to people in far-flung corners of the world. Charity Christmas gifts give you the opportunity to support...
Apparently, I had been a little sleepy because the last image I recall is that of our GVI base disappearing from view as we pull out of Ban Nam Khem. Now, the sound of the cab’s engine cutting off and the shuffling of bags stirs me awake. My eyes pop open, shaking off...
Original photo: Stefanos Nikologianis Nepal has gained the moniker ‘Amazon of Asia’ due to the biodiversity of flora and fauna that inhabit its lands, from tropical Terai jungle to its snow-capped alpine climate. Yet fifty years ago, hunting threatened to push some of...
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