Category: Giving Back

Cause & Effect: WildAid Conservation Travel in Kenya and Tanzania

Cause & Effect: WildAid Conservation Travel in Kenya and Tanzania

We check in with Corie Knights on the work WildAid and the WildAid conservation travel partners are accomplishing in Kenya and Tanzania. Since 2000 WildAid has made it their mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. To highlight the importance of their work and showcase some of their various conservation projects, Corie Knights leads donors’ trips around the world each year. In June she and her husband Peter, who founded WildAid, traveled to Kenya and Tanzania with Ker & Downey and 11 philanthropists to visit some of their partner conservation projects and check in on the progress their partnership is making. Corie sat down with us to […]

Read More

A WildAid Safari with Peter & Corie Knights

A WildAid Safari with Peter & Corie Knights

Every Ker & Downey itinerary is designed to leave the traveler transformed, and this special journey is no exception. Join WildAid founders Peter and Corie Knights from June 14-26, 2017, as they visit important conservation projects in Kenya and Tanzania on our exclusive WildAid safari. This private and intimate safari will bring you up close to some of the world’s most majestic and threatened wildlife. Complete with celebrated accommodations and private charters, your journey is both meaningful and magnificent. On this trip you will visit WildAid’s partner projects on the ground and participate in hands-on experiences side-by-side with Peter Knights, CEO of WildAid. Begin the 13-night […]

Read More

An Update from the Nets for Africa Kenya Medical Mission

An Update from the Nets for Africa Kenya Medical Mission

An update from the Nets for Africa Kenya Medical Mission – the team treated over 4,700 people and handed out 6,025 mosquito nets. In September Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana traveled to Kenya on their annual medical mission to assist doctors with blood tests, dental and eye exams, general doctor’s visits, handing out prescriptions, and distributing nets to the rural communities. This was the first year the team traveled to Kenya. In years past, the team has based their mission out of Uganda. Our medical mission this year took us near Eldoret in western Kenya […]

Read More

WildAid's Knights

WildAid’s Knights

Peter and Corie Knights are on a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. We caught up with Corie to chat about her travel habits and WildAid’s important mission. Peter and Corie Knights are driven by passion and a desire to leave the world a better place than when they arrived. That desire manifests itself in WildAid, founded by Peter in 2000. WildAid’s main message is simple – “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” Instead of focusing on protecting animals from poaching, they’ve shifted their focus to reducing the global consumption and demand on products made from animals. […]

Read More

World Lion Day

World Lion Day

Celebrate Wold Lion Day with Ker & Downey. Find out how you can get involved with conservation efforts on World Lion Day to support the big cats.  August 10th is World Lion Day. It’s a day to celebrate Africa’s biggest cat, but also a day to bring awareness to their declining numbers. Recent estimates state as few as 20,000 lions remain in the wild. It’s a staggering number when you realize their numbers were closer to 450,000 just 50 years ago. The biggest threat facing lions is habitat loss and degradation, and conflicts with humans. In 2009 National Geographic explorers […]

Read More

Nets for Africa is Heading to Kenya

Nets for Africa is Heading to Kenya

Each year, a team travels from the United States to the rural communities in Africa for a medical mission. Ker & Downey supports the team and Ker & Downey’s President David Marek and his wife Gana often make the trip each year to assist. Together, the group helps doctors and nurses check out patients and administer help where needed. They also hand out insecticide treated mosquito nets to protect against bites from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Every year, the trip is a huge success. Around 15,000 people are seen by doctors and around nine thousand mosquito nets are handed out. We’ve also […]

Read More

Sol y Luna: A Hotel With Heart

Sol y Luna: A Hotel With Heart

At Sol y Luna, guests not only enjoy the advantage of absolute luxury in the Sacred Valley; they also get the benefit of seeing how their stay directly impacts the lives of the local children, their families, and future generations. When Petit Miribel was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a humanitarian. It’s an unusual dream for a child so young, but she did everything in her power to pursue it. Sure, she followed the traditional path of secondary schooling and high-paying corporate jobs, but she eventually left it all behind as soon as she stepped foot in Peru’s […]

Read More

Hacienda Zuleta's Andean Condor Huasi Project

Hacienda Zuleta’s Andean Condor Huasi Project

Hacienda Zuleta’s Andean Condor Huasi Project is internationally known for their work in rehabilitating the Andean condors. We caught up with Fernando, the owner of Hacienda Zuleta, to learn more about the Andean Condor and how all of us can be a part of the Andean Condor Huasi Project. Hacienda Zuleta is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite properties in the world. An authentic 4,000-acre working farm, this homestead is a destination in itself, frequently lauded for its pastoral charms, colonial atmosphere, and beautiful Andean setting in Ecuador. But what many don’t realize is that Hacienda Zuleta is also one […]

Read More

Rhino Philanthropy Project | Ker & Downey Supports Rhinos Without Borders

Rhino Philanthropy Project | Ker & Downey Supports Rhinos Without Borders

A Rhino philanthropy project with a goal of relocating 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana, Rhinos Without Borders has taken on a huge undertaking. Ker & Downey is a proud supporter of this rhino philanthropy project. Get involved and make a difference! The first time you fly over the Okavango Delta and see herds of elephant trundle over the floodplains you are left in awe. Africa is such a magnificent continent, vast with incredible wildlife. Seeing Africa for the first time instills in one the desire to preserve it for those that follow. The most pressing issue in Africa […]

Read More

Philanthropy Travel: Combining Passion and Conservation

Philanthropy Travel: Combining Passion and Conservation

Philanthropy travel combines a passion for travel and conservation. You can make a difference. Partner with Ker & Downey and these worthy projects. We’ve checked in with the Nets for Africa Campaign and the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show this year, but we thought it was time to update you on some of the other philanthropy projects that we care about. It’s easy to combine a passion for travel with conservation, and these projects are a great place to start if you really want to make an impact through philanthropy travel. Bana Ba Letsatsi Bana Ba Letsatsi in Maun, Botswana, […]

Read More