With sponsorship from Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), CCB’s Programs Manager, Education and Public Relations officers had the opportunity to visit Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) in Hwange, Zimbabwe on the 11th – 14th November 2013. We were joined by EWASO Lions Community Officer from Kenya, Mr. Jineria Likelele. This was a benchmarking trip to get an idea on how PDC conducts their bush camps as they have been doing this for almost 20 years now. CCB is still new to hosting bush camps and wanted to learn from a project that had vast experience. The visit was a great opportunity and we learnt a great deal, made friends, met people from different backgrounds and visited simple award winning projects at some local schools. Already collaborative ideas were running through our minds, even before the trip was over. We developed a working relationship with PDC where they agreed to assist us with our bush camp program, while we share with them on how they can develop their publicity materials. We are looking forward to PDC and EWASO Lions visiting CCB and us visiting Kenya one day to develop further possible regional collaborations, not just on education but also on research and community outreach.
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