With a 60% orphan rate in some areas, youth in the greater Kruger region of South Africa experience economic disintegration, poverty, high rates of HIV/AIDS and disconnection from indigenous heritage. Poaching, subsistence hunting and disassociation from the environment negatively impact wildlife. Economic, social and environmental degradation are interrelated problems requiring a dynamic bi-directional approach that protects the environment and fosters eco-conscious growth.
The project teaches youth in 4 schools, 1 orphanage and 1 preschool about conservation, environmental protection, heritage, sustainability and bioethics in an inspiring after school program, employing the White Lions as the key motivational and educational symbol. Students develop knowledge and creative skills that increase economic opportunities and support environmental stewardship. They have a firsthand opportunity to see wildlife on field trips and learn from anti-poaching experts.
Inspired around the charismatic and legendary White Lion, the project increases environmental leadership, civic participation, creative and practical skills, economic and educational opportunities, and reduces negative impacts to the environment. Eco-Cubs become lifelong wildlife ambassadors with clear motivation, unique problem-solving skills, and a deep passion for their environmental heritage. WLT's concurrent volunteer and conservation programs ensure continuity and success of this project.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
White Lion Eco-Cubs Conservation Education Program
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White Lion Volunteer Program