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Russel Friedman
It has been just over a year since the passing of Russel Friedman, a founder of Wilderness Safaris, and the Chairman and greatest supporter of the Children in the Wilderness Program (CIWP). Inspired by and working with Paul Newman, Russel was instrumental in the implementation of the CIWP, its everyday operations and its long term vision. One of Russel's initiatives was the creation of these beautiful coloring books – Draw What You Saw with artist Dov Fedler, intended to teach visual literacy while supporting conservation. "If you can write the word, you can draw the animals, that's the driving message behind 'Draw What You Saw." The project was very important to Russel and ties together perfectly his love for wildlife, Africa, and the CITW program. If you'd like to learn more about Dov Fedler's school art project, click here.
Douglas Rattray
Douglas Rattray of Fugitives Drift Lodge will be giving a talk on the battle of Isandlwana in London on June 26th. Douglas is following in the footsteps of his father, the late David Rattray, who dedicated his life to leading moving tours of the historic battle sites of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, and delivered annual lectures on the subject to London's Royal Geographical Society. In this talk, Douglas will explain the battle of Isandlwana from both sides: English and Zulu, highlighting moving personal accounts of the desperate clash between the British soldiers and proud Zulu warriors. Our Eurocentric understanding of this titanic conflict has, for years, been that of a British blunder – but Douglas will consider it from a different point of view - a great Zulu victory. To book tickets, click here.
Virginia McKenna
Born Free actress Virginia McKenna will join guests at Elewana Elsa's Kopje in Kenya's Meru National Park on July 3rd to the 6th to celebrate the property's 20th birthday. Events include dinner under the stars followed by a screening of Born Free, a bush breakfast near the grave of lion Elsa, a book signing, tea with Virginia, and a gala dinner with leading conservationists. Named after Elsa, the lioness upon who the film Born Free was based, Elewana Elsa's Kopje is located on the Mughwango Hill above the site of the original campsite where Joy and George Adamson raised the lioness. The film, Born Free, is credited with popularizing the concept of animal conservation and Virginia continues to work tirelessly on campaigns through the Born Free charity that she founded, including ongoing conservation projects in Meru National Park.
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
South Africa's first Michelin-star chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, always knew he would one day return to the campfires and open skies of the bushveld. Now, in partnership with the Oppenheimer family, van der Westhuizen has launched two exciting new projects that return this proud South African to his roots. The first celebrates the unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari. KLEIN JAN, will open its doors on one of South Africa's leading private game reserves, Tswalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimers. Driven by the values of authenticity, heritage, and sustainability – the innovative restaurant will translate the region's vast culinary heritage into a world-class dining experience. In addition, JAN Innovation Studio, a new development kitchen, will be opening its doors in Cape Town, where a team of chefs and students will continually develop and innovate South African cuisine. The Cape Town team will share its findings with colleagues at Michelin star restaurant JAN in Nice, France, which will remain one of the premier gateways for sharing South African cuisine with the world. For more information, click here.

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