Have you been following the travels of our Chief Financial Officer, Allan Pedden? Our Facebook has been following his worldly travels for the past few weeks as he makes his first trip to Africa! What on earth is Allan doing there, you ask?
Allan landed for a tour of our community-based conservation projects in Africa. His first stop was in Ghana at the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary! While in Ghana at the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary, Allan was honoured with northern attire from the community and was introduced to the staff at WCHS by Donna Sheppard, Community Conservation Specialist.
The significance of Allan’s visit is important for the community as it demonstrates support for their conservation work and the pride we all have in what has been accomplished over the years.
As our CFO, Allan Pedden, continues his travels through West Africa with our Community Conservation Specialist, Donna Sheppard, he has been able to see first-hand our contributions at work. Following his time at Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, Allan was off to Avu Lagoon, the wetlands territory, and home to the very unique sitatunga. There, he presented the sitatunga teams with brand new life jackets for their fieldwork and also helped the Avu Lagoon Ecotourism Community CREMA team celebrate the opening of their new visitor centre and summer hut all accomplished independently.
For us so far away, it’s rewarding to see our stewardship helping to make a difference in Africa. We have been involved in the conservation of sitatunga, the “amphibious antelope,” primarily in the form of funding for minor infrastructure projects as well as field and camera trapping studies. Over the longer term we hope to assist the Avu Lagoon communities with further community conservation efforts such as eco-tourism or sitatunga-friendly crops.
On the final leg, he’ll make his way to Madagascar to speak with our newly forged partners at the lemur nurseries and to award the first credits of our green technology program. We can’t wait to follow along with his trip!
Keep checking the zoo’s Facebook for updates on Allan in Africa.