Conservators, environmentalist and all those who in one way or another are involved in
Nature conservation in South Africa, fall in two major categories.
The first group are those
employed in a job or career in conservation or those who are self-employed and own and run an enterprise in
eco-tourism, such as a travel destination, a hunting resort or a wildlife getaway.
The second category is the
equally important outdoor wildlife enthusiast who may possess great knowledge or experience in his or her field of
interest, but is not employed directly in a conservation orientated direction.
The contributions made by both
categories mentioned above to nature conservation in South Africa are immense. In either case there is a wealth of
knowledge and experienced that is and can be shared with the world.
Conservationists are often no
strangers to solitude in the wide open spaces. Environmentalists frequently live and work in remote areas, which is
not always easily accessible by the general public. For them, in times when it is available the internet is a
treasured line of communication with friends and family.
Conservationists generally are
passionate about what they do and love sharing their experiences with an attentive and enthusiastic audience. They
do not always have lots of time to sit in front of a computer and post their thoughts, but once they do those
shared moments are in high demand.
Game rangers and those working in
the field, compared to the rest of us have fantastic opportunities to capture their sights on film. South Africa
possesses spectacular scenery and good wildlife sightings make for exciting viewing.
The internet provides for many
opportunities for people to share their day to day lives or the more important chapters on the web. This especially
applies to photos, sounds and videos, where the technology is now available to almost
The experiences recorded by the
ordinary person can be of great benefit and educational to someone who is not as privileged as South Africans to
share our lifestyles. Such experiences can soon gather a loyal following in the global
The internet is buzzing with money making
opportunities and programs guaranteeing to make the taker a small fortune with little resources, a short time and
no skills. Based on my superficial observations on the feasibility of my project, I already knew that my work has
been cut out for me.
With my experience as a commercial crime
investigator where I already knew that “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is” I simply had to get to the
bottom of these money making strategies.
My basic project of finding out how to create a
simple web presence and apply the site to conservational ethics and interactive objects to engage an audience,
suddenly grew tenfold to include what mistakes not to make and what scams not to fall for.
To get to this point where I am ready to share
my findings and report on what I have learnt, has been a long and arduous road. In order to conduct my research I
sunk my teeth into the project and attempted to explore every avenue guaranteeing financial freedom and
I have subscribed to countless mailing lists and
gathered information from thousands of sources. Whilst doing so I educated myself on what is required to do be done
to have a website from how create a web page, to registering a domain, optimising your site for the search
I found that there is a great market in
educating newbies; people just like me that want to learn how to get started on the internet. I also discovered
that like me, most people wanting to learn about websites also want to find out about how to make money
The downside of the internet is the hype and
misinformation readily available. As with losing weight or giving up smoking there are literally thousands of ways
advertised to get rich on the internet from doing almost nothing and so many
people are willing to give it a go.
I also found that some money making programs
simply cannot work in South
Africa as a result of payment option difficulties. As I learnt doing business online in South Africa has its
own unique challenges.
Some time has passed since I have begun this
project. In this period I have bought a number of software programs that I felt would be suitable for the
purposes of interacting with visitors for the purposes of entertainment and education. In some cases I was
disappointed and wasted my money, in other instances I found the software to be worth every penny.
I focused my attention on programs that are suitable for those who are not IT professionals, simple yet capable of
advanced functions. I found out the hard way that not everything works for South Africans and nobody will tell you
up front before you spent a lot of money.
This website is for your benefit. It is aimed at
professionals who are passionate about nature conservation and wildlife like me, but also to South Africans who
will also find the information relevant.
I researched this work for and targeted
specifically conservationists for a number of reasons:"
Conservationists generally are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do. This passion will also
be evident on what they post on the internet. Photographic works will find welcome home on the
In the nature of the work relating to the environment it is likely that the subject matter would be
fresh and original. This will find a strong following with people worldwide and the search engines act
favourably towards original content.
There is a great need for environmental educational material. Apart from satisfying a curiosity about
African wildlife, environmental education may contribute to reduction of crime and saving our
endangered species. Educational matter will also inform the world of harmful activity and create
pressure to against environmental contraventions.
Bush people more often than not are not computer people. Conservationists know the value of hard work
and job satisfaction. I hope that the information posted on this website will be a valuable resource
for conservationists and will lead to a positive influence for both conservation and the internet.