As the year draws to a close, we feel it’s important to reflect on the year, and it has been incredibly rewarding going through the footage and summing up donations made through the conservation films that we produced this year. From the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, to the orphaned rhinos at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and all the adventures in-between, it’s been a year to remember.
Check out what the team at Black Bean Productions has been up to in 2015:
We have had an amazing year full of travel and new experiences. We have been fortunate to travel to Botswana, Kenya, Madikwe Game Reserve, the Waterberg, the Makuleke Concession in northern Kruger, Singita in the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand Wildtuin on several occasions, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, and Thornybush and Balule nature reserves.
It has been amazing getting to know the Greater Kruger area better and spending quality time in new places. It makes us feel even more passionate about Africa and conservation, and this is also a key area for rhino conservation. Rhino conservation is something that we are passionate about in terms of working towards creating change.
We also experienced and filmed the first white lions born naturally in Kruger, which was such a highlight.
We loved getting to know Madikwe Game Reserve better – the reintroduction of species into this area was and is a huge success story known as Operation Phoenix. We learnt an incredible amount about how a farming area can be turned into a conservation area and really thrive.
There is no place like Africa. Globally we are putting the natural world under a huge amount of pressure with climate change, the illegal wildlife trade, the use of fossil fuels and a growing global population. We hope that our work aids in inspiring people to get involved in conservation in whatever way appeals to them – this may be small changes in their daily lives, such as living more sustainably, or it could mean doing something bigger.
We believe that film and photography are hugely powerful, and we would love to be a company that assists people to connect with nature, wildlife, Africa and her people in a unique and memorable way. We also hope our work encourages people to visit Africa and teaches them more about the different areas and endangered species.
This year we have made some small steps in achieving these goals and we feel as though we have learnt a lot along the way. We are so grateful to all those that have been part of this journey.
2016, here we come!