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Sunday, 17 July 2016, saw the start of a story that captured the imagination of Namibia’s (and the world’s) animal lovers and those who feel that the abuse of those unable to defend themselves is an abhorrent act. It was the start of the story of Hope.

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There is nothing quite like the excitement of arriving at a brightly coloured hostel door, in some exotic city that you’ve been drooling over on Instagram for the past few months. You whack out the old Lonely Planet guidebook, and set off on foot experiencing this new exciting culture for a day or two, taking in the sights, and probably going for a drink or two with your fellow hostel travellers.

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The PachyDRONEs© will be keeping an eye on wild elephants (pachyderms) in their native habitat and eventually help to mitigate human elephant conflicts in Sri Lanka. The field staff have embarked on a new pilot research project to determine how drones can be used to reduce deadly human-elephant conflicts in villages and fields adjacent to the Wasgamuwa National Park; home to hundreds of wild Asian elephants that live in close proximity to people.

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Volunteering with animals in South East Asia where the illegal wildlife trade is at its worst can have a direct impact on conservation due to education projects, rescue and release projects, and showing to the local community that wildlife conservation and animal welfare do go hand-in-hand.

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It was a momentous week on the Thailand Coral Reef Conservation & Diving Project, as we sunk 3 of our newest sculptures in Chalok Baan Kao on the subject of ‘Despair’. This was, in no small part, due to the efforts of our incredible team of volunteers, interns and staff. Without them, none of these concepts would ever come to fruition and I can’t thank them enough for their continued support.

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