The Ripple Effect of global partnerships in action
Monarto Education (part of Zoos South Australia) has been working in a global partnership with Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust in Zambia for the past 2 ┬¢ years on a program and has had a global ripple effect that we hope will inspire others to link up with like-minded individuals and organisations in the furtherance of wildlife conservation around the world.
The program is a 2-way international conservation education exchange linking students from across the globe and immerse them into each others culture to share and learn together about conservation on a global scale. Our shared vision was to invest in our future conservation leaders, turning them into global citizens with international perspectives that make conservation-minded choices and decisions with an authentic voice.
After taking South Australian students to Zambia in June/July 2013, 9 months later, in April/May this year, it was Chipembele’s turn to come to Australia. It was an electric energy that entered the Zoo gates, both at Monarto and Adelaide Zoos, as the 10 Chipembele Conservation students enjoyed and embraced every opportunity to learn alongside Zoo professionals and see both Australian and African wildlife up close. If you want to know what it feels like to experience a whole lot of firsts’ through the eyes and hearts of our future conservationists, these film clip links capture the essence of these students having fun, engaging with experts in different fields of conservation, learning about scientific methods, displaying a wonder in and fascination for both Australian and African wildlife, landscapes and sharing their genuine passion for global conservation with new friends.
Both Zoos SA and Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust are proud of the success and growing outcomes of the exchange on the students involved and their surrounding communities. The ripple effect of such a program continues to inspire.