Our third year student Deborah Oluwagbeminiyi Akintayo spoke to Travel Africa Magazine this month about how we can engage Africa’s youth in wildlife conservation. From social media to working with ambassadors that today’s youth look up to, Deborah’s column suggests a range of solutions but she also reminds us, ‘’The experience differs across the continent. Growing up in Lagos, I first saw a lion when I was twelve; it looked a bit sickly behind bars, not like those I would see on NatGeoWild. A Kenyan youngster would have encountered more wildlife, and may have a different outlook to me. Our realities differ, and so do our struggles.’’ Reminding us all that there is no one size fits all when it comes to the complex challenge of wildlife conservation.
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Thank you to Travel Africa Magazine for the opportunity to explore this important topic.
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