11 episodes

Africa is dynamic. It is a story that is constantly evolving, and inspiring. Join Conservation Videographer, Matt Blair, as he hosts conversations with a diverse range of field-based voices to talk conservation. The Conservation Storytelling Podcast is a shared platform where ideas are shared, awareness created and curiosity is fulfilled about conservation in Africa.


Matt Blair | www.therustymokoro.com | Socials @therustymokoro

***These podcasts are mostly self-funded. Please show your support on Patreon***

Conservation Storytelling with Matt Blair Matt Blair | The Rusty Mokoro

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Africa is dynamic. It is a story that is constantly evolving, and inspiring. Join Conservation Videographer, Matt Blair, as he hosts conversations with a diverse range of field-based voices to talk conservation. The Conservation Storytelling Podcast is a shared platform where ideas are shared, awareness created and curiosity is fulfilled about conservation in Africa.


Matt Blair | www.therustymokoro.com | Socials @therustymokoro

***These podcasts are mostly self-funded. Please show your support on Patreon***

    Episode 11: Holistic Management with Allan Savory.

    Episode 11: Holistic Management with Allan Savory.

    This week’s conversation is with Allan Savory. Allan is a Zimbabwean ecologist, livestock farmer, and president and co-founder of the Savory Institute. He originated holistic management, a systems approach to managing resources. Our discussion takes us through the topics of reductionist management, where is the resolve for climate change going to come from, to the importance of organisations and how they behave. 

    The conversation was recorded over a poor network as I was talking to Allan from his home in Victoria Falls which is quite remote.



    African Centre For Holistc Management: bit.ly/2ZwUmvl

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    TedX Talk: bit.ly/32c0Kts



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    • 47 min
    Episode 10: The Conservation Games with Luke and Robin Brown

    Episode 10: The Conservation Games with Luke and Robin Brown

    This week my conversation explores new initiatives that surround the conservation sector in Africa. The complexities behind conservation are often misunderstood or completely ignored. How do we encourage an audience that otherwise would not have an interest in some of the issues facing conservation in Africa to start paying attention? By using “sport for conservation” the idea was born to integrate conservation messaging through an online trivia game where famous sports-people from Southern Africa would compete against each other, providing entertainment and important messaging.

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    Zambesia Conservation Alliance: bit.ly/3ippZhR

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    • 37 min
    Episode 9: "The Achilles Heel of Conservation" in Africa with Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo.

    Episode 9: "The Achilles Heel of Conservation" in Africa with Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo.

    “The biggest problems about conservation right now is it is not nearly inclusive enough of local people. The same problems existed in Asia, and in India, where the local people feel alienated and excluded. From national parks, from problems that are supposedly needing solutions, they don't, they don't feel the ownership of it...conservation needs to accept that Africa is a landscape and the people of Africa are a part of the landscape. Africa has the most diverse assemblages off of herbivores and carnivores of all continents. And that's for a reason because the people that are living with that wildlife are conservationists.” - Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo, Ornithologist.

    Read Merlyn’s Opinion article: bit.ly/2Ny3XLC

    Ground hornbill sightings: bit.ly/3eyQCP6

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    • 49 min
    Episode 8: Tourism and Conservation with Beks Ndlovu and Katja Quasdorf

    Episode 8: Tourism and Conservation with Beks Ndlovu and Katja Quasdorf

    “...at the end of the day, we all really have a common cause, which is to save the wilderness landscape and alleviate poverty on the outskirts of these wilderness areas...and we're all very passionate people about the wildlife and our communities. We're passionate about tourism.” - Beks Ndlovu, CEO African Bush Camps.

    How do tourism operators contribute to conservation efforts? My conversation with Beks Ndlovu of African Bush Camps and Katja Quasdorf of Hideaways explores how tourism funds support conservation initiatives, and assist in the continuation of conservation implementing partners like the Conservation and Wildlife Fund (CWF) in the Hwange region.

    African Bush Camps was founded by professional guide Beks Ndlovu, and Katja Quasdorf is one of the founders of Hideaways.

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    • 31 min
    Episode 7: Walking 160km across the Kafue National Park in Zambia with Phil Jeffery.

    Episode 7: Walking 160km across the Kafue National Park in Zambia with Phil Jeffery.

    The history of the Kafre National Park in Zambia goes back as far as the 1920’s, long before it was formally declared a National Park. To raise awareness for the park, Phil and his friend Jeff decided to walk 100 miles to commemorate 100 years of the declared park’s existence.

    Camping with simple bedrolls in the open and carrying all their supplies for the trek, Phil takes us through some of the experiences of the walk including climbing Kafue’s highest mountain, a hippo crashing through the camp, and the layout and beauty of the Kafue National Park.



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    Musekese Conservation: https://www.musekeseconservation.com/

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    • 34 min
    Episode 6: Series Summary | COVID-19 & Conservation

    Episode 6: Series Summary | COVID-19 & Conservation

    For the first series of the Conservation Storytelling Podcast we focused on the impact that the
    COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world of conservation in Africa by talking to a variety of project leaders in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
    The pandemic has affected everyone in a different way, but there were many similar take-aways from each of the guests where the primary concerns evolve around future funding, the impact this has had on the local communities and the protection of the wildlife and landscapes.
    This is not to say that the conversation ends here.

    A big thank-you to all my guests from this series. Please be sure to go and give them support where you can:
    North Luangwa Conservation Programme
    Conservation Lower Zambezi
    Imire Volunteer Programme
    Gonarezhou Conservation Trust
    Bats Without Borders

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

BotswanaByJames ,

Passionate about what they do!

Matt and The Rusty Mokoro crew - so glad they got a podcast going. These guys are so passionate about people and conservation in Africa. Their access to people who have so much knowledge about this topic shows in the episodes. Look forward to the future episodes and the guests you’ll be bringing on board!

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