Wild Shots Outreach encourages young people from disadvantaged communities to engage in wildlife and conservation through photography. The programme prioritises high school students and unemployed youth living in rural areas bordering the Greater Kruger National Park.
Founded in November 2015, Wild Shots Outreach programme aims to engage young people from disadvantaged communities in the natural world through interactive picture-taking.
Prioritising high school students from government schools and young unemployed people living on the borders of the Greater Kruger National Park, learners are taught new skills through inspirational course content. This encompasses theory and practical skills, and aims to raise aspirations of these young learners, our conservationists of tomorrow.
The course module consists of five workshop sessions to create familiarity around photographic equipment and the necessary skills. At the end of each course, learners are taken on a game drive in Thornybush Private Nature Reserve.
This is undoubtedly the favourite part of the journey as it allows everyone to exercise their new skills in the wild. To maintain interest and promote ongoing practice, each school receives a camera donated by Wild Shots Outreach, which is shared amongst the learners.
Thornybush Community partnered with Wild Shots Outreach by providing access into the reserves where our safari lodges operate. Since our partnership began in 2018, we have provided more than 410 young learners from local communities with their first safari game drive experience.
Should you wish to support this initiative and give disadvantaged learners the chance to see the world through a conservation lens, Thornybush Community welcomes any donations of old DSLR camera equipment or binoculars.
Thornybush Community saw an opportunity to partner with Wild Shots Outreach in early 2018 to assist this wonderful project with access into the reserves in which our Safari lodges operate. Since our partnership, we have provided over 350 young learners from local communities with their first ever safari game drive experience.
Should you wish to support this enlivening initiative, we would encourage any donations of old DSLR camera equipment or binoculars. As Thornybush Community, we are delighted to have the opportunity to support such an invaluable initiative and to keep these learners seeing the world through a conservation lens.