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Video: A&K Philanthropy's Gift Arrives in Zambia
It was all hands on deck at A&K earlier this year, as employees around the world worked to fill a shipping container with used bikes for a Zambian village. In the end, we filled two containers, which have been set up into a bike rental and repair shop. Watch the video and see how these donations make a difference.
Translocating Rhino from South Africa to Botswana
Due to a still-persistent belief in Asia that powdered rhino horn can be used as a cure-all medicine, rhino populations are under massive threat from poaching. A recent sharp increase in poaching has most significantly affected South Africa where 1,255 rhino were killed for their horns last year alone. It is estimated as few as 29,000 rhino survive worldwide.
A&K Philanthropy and Sanctuary Retreats have strategically partnered with Rhino Conservation Botswana, the Botswana Defense Forces and Wilderness Safaris to translocate up to 20 rhino, both black and white, into the Moremi Reserve in Botswana. There they are under protection 24/7 and have a greater chance for survival. Guests at Chief's Camp will also have the opportunity to see these endangered animals while on safari.
Photos below show a glimpse of the complex operation to transport four of the rhino to Botswana. The total journey time was about 15 hours, including a six hour truck ride to the airport in South Africa, a flight to Maun, and then a flight to the release area. The C130 aircraft carried over four tons of weight in rhino!
A&K Philanthropy sponsored the bomas to house the rhinos temporarily and is facilitating the support and monitoring of the rhino on the ground. The Sanctuary team in Botswana has done an amazing job building the bomas and handling the logistics. We are excited to be a part of such an important conservation effort!
Southern Exposure: Abercrombie & Kent Announces Cuba & South America by Private Jet
Geoffrey Kent to join guests for an exclusive people-to-people exchange in Cuba
Travellers who have circled the globe in search of the next "must-see" destinations will encounter a wealth of wonders closer to home. Abercrombie & Kent's Cuba & South America by Private Jet with Special Guest Geoffrey Kent (September 6-28, 2016) takes guests south from Miami on a 23-day odyssey around a continent to discover the vibrant cultures of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, the mysteries of Machu Picchu and Easter Island, the stunning natural wonders of Torres del Paine, Iguazu Falls and the Pantanal - and is the first Private Jet journey to include a people-to-people program in Cuba.
Over 700 Bikes Donated to Change Lives in Zambia
This April, Abercrombie & Kent teamed up with Wheels of Change to ask Chicago-area residents to help fill a shipping container with donated bikes and equipment for Nakatindi village in Zambia. Staff from A&K Zambia will supervise the distribution of the bikes to healthcare workers and students, enabling them to attend the nearest secondary school seven miles away. The shipping container will be also converted into a bike shop, creating jobs for the community.
A&K established a bold goal for the AKP Bike Donation program: to collect 360 bikes. Thanks to the hard work and efforts of A&K staff, family and friends, they were able to not only reach the goal, but double it. Because of this, the AKP Board chose to make a special allocation for a second shipment, and A&K will now be sending two containers - 700 bikes - to Zambia, where they can impact twice as many lives.
Media Contact: Jean Fawcett | 800 554 7094 ext. 427 | [email protected]
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