Great Plains Conservation is clear about its remit: The natural resources of Botswana and Kenya belong to their people. Consequently, it strives to secure landscapes large enough to protect both resident and wildlife populations. It selects areas under threat and acquires the rights to convert them to protected areas with economic benefits, and now operates on half a million acres.
Its environmental practices include transparent environmental audits, zero impact camps and fuel free activities, such as safaris by canoe or horseback. And with projects like its joint Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, or the recent significant role they played in banning all hunting in Botswana, Great Plains Conservation is, indeed, proving itself to be a great leader.