Join Anthony Bennett for engrossing tales from his 80-mile walking safari in the Botswana wilderness. Anthony and three fellow safari guides made this self-supported trek over six days, carrying heavy packs and rifles, and wild-camping at impromptu locations each night. Their cross-country journey took them across private wildlife concessions in northern Botswana’s Linyanti ecosystem, filled with lions, hippos, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo. The 2006 walk was a fundraiser for Children in the Wilderness, an environmental education program to bring children from rural communities into wilderness areas to meet and learn about wildlife. Anthony and his colleagues reprised the walk in 2007 and 2008, both times with guests. You’ll revel in Anthony’s stories – but the lasting importance of this dramatic undertaking is what it accomplished for local kids: by coming to know and appreciate wild creatures in one’s natural surroundings, the seeds of caring and conservation take hold in a future generation.
Originally presented April 13, 2020
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