Conservation is defined as ‘the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources’. The modern traveler has become more aware of the importance of considering their impact on the environment and we have seen a move towards vacations that allow the traveler to include a form of ‘giving back’ as part of their memorable experience. At Thompsons Africa we have embraced the needs of the modern traveler and have identified packages and programmes that address these very important needs.
Thompsons Africa actively supports organisations which focus on the conservation, protection and promotion of our rich heritage. We are proud to be part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation (TTC) family of brands called The TreadRight Foundation; a ‘not for profit’ working to ensure that the environment and communities we explore remain vibrant for future generations.
TreadRight is The Travel Corporation’s hub for all corporate social responsibility efforts, and manages a long-standing grants program that benefits sustainable tourism projects.
To date, TreadRight has committed more than USD 2million to projects worldwide, and encourages industry best practice through their support for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, The Travel Foundation & Tourism Cares.
As of the end of August 2015, it is estimated that well over 600 rhino have been poached in South Africa this year. It is not enough to simply be aware of the facts. Thompsons Africa are passionate about playing our part in actively aiding in the fight against rhino poaching. With this in mind, in addition to our support of the Wildlands Conservation Trust as a Wildlands Rhino Ambassador, today we are proud to introduce you to a new member of the Thompsons Africa family….. little Gertjie!
An orphaned rhino, Gertjie is cared for by our partners at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Gertjie is a male white rhinoceros (ceratotherium simum) born on the 19th of February 2014. On arrival at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, he weighed just 100kgs and at the beginning of 2015 weighed in at over 800kgs and continues to add weight daily! The funds donated by Thompsons Africa towards the fostering of Gertjie will go towards his food and general upkeep, maintaining his living arrangements, medical expenses and the cost of his security.
There are currently 4 rhinos at the Rescued Rhinos @ Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre facility. The 2 adult females are ‘Lion’s Den’ and ‘Dingle Dell’. The latest additions are two adorable male calves, Gertjie and Matimba, whose mothers were brutally killed and dehorned right in front of them.
HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED SPECIES CENTRE (HESC)
To implement sustainable green methods, to reduce our usage of precious resources, to recycle and reuse whatever we can, to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future generations needs!’
Our aim is to reduce our carbon footprint by implementing processes intended to reduce our impact on our precious environment. We aim to do this by monitoring and reducing our paper consumption, ensuring that we recycle wherever possible and reduce our consumption of both electricity and water.