Making a difference

“Every individual matters.  Every individual has a role to play.  Every individual makes a difference”

Jane Goodall

Making a difference both locally and globally is engrained in the way that Steppes Travel operates as a company. Over £1 million has been raised by us to date through conservation, environmental and humanitarian projects.

All proceeds raised from Beyond by Steppes Travel will be donated among the partner charities.

Our charities will also have a presence at the festival so guests will be able to learn about their important work.


Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) was founded in 1986 as a research group within the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and since then it has become the foremost University centre for conservation.

The mission of the WildCRU, to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original research, is achieved through an approach that is empirical, interdisciplinary and collaborative, seeking to include all four elements of their “Conservation Quartet” -research to understand and address the problem; education to explain it; community involvement to ensure participation and acceptance; and implementation of long-term solutions.


Durrell is an international charity on a mission to save species from extinction.

The great British writer and conservationist, Gerald Durrell, was a visionary, a pioneer and a man with a mission. He believed that good zoos could do great things in conservation, and more than 50 years ago he set out to prove it.

Gerald founded Jersey Zoo in 1959. In 1963, it became a charitable trust and was renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in 1999. Through the Durrell Index, they are able to measure the effectiveness of their work and demonstrate their impact.

Durrell can show that of all the species whose chances of survival have improved in recent years, more than 12% owe their upgraded status to Durrell and its supporters.

Steppes Travel is also offering an expert led wildlife tour with Lee Durrell: India – a wildlife tour


Although half the world is under 25, it is young people who are consistently the most affected by the biggest problems facing the world – unemployment, poverty and lack of access to education and health services, however they are often overlooked as a resource to make a change. As the largest, most energetic population, young people can and must be part of the solution.

Working in Africa and South Asia, Restless Development is an international development charity with a difference, ensuring that the youth  create the long lasting change they wish to see in their own communities. They encourage and enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing issues that face their countries and the world, supported fully by their governments, their communities, business and civil society institutions.

I am Water

The I AM WATER Ocean Conservation Trust was founded in 2010 by passionate ocean lovers who acknowledge that mankind and nature cannot survive without each other. They believe ocean degradation is fundamentally due to human disconnect, and the way to change the course for our oceans is engaging and educating individuals on their role for a healthy planet.

The blue planet may be divided by continents, but it is united by oceans. For the seven billion people on the rapidly growing planet, solving the challenges to the shared, sustainable future relies on the knowledge of individuals along with the conservation of resources.  I AM WATER provide global opportunities to engage and educate ocean-users with the world beneath the waves and to understand their personal opportunity to protect the planet.


Tusk is a dynamic and pioneering organisation that was established in 1990 to protect Africa’s wildlife and natural heritage.

The charity has built a reputation for investing in an impressive range of projects that use conservation as a tool to alleviate poverty, improve education and reduce conflict, while also protecting areas rich in biodiversity. Over the past 25 years Tusk has been involved in and contributed towards more than 100 projects across 19 African countries, protecting 36 threatened species, supporting 1,000,000 people, and promoting the education of over 500,000 schoolchildren.

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Founded in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organization, saving orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.

Their approach goes beyond that of purely protecting orangutans. It recognizes that orangutans are essential to their habitat, which is unique in its rich biodiversity and is crucial for local communities, who are as dependent on the forest as the orangutans.

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a fundraising and grant-giving nature conservation charity offering grants, training and recognition to dynamic conservation leaders across the developing world. It does this through an awards scheme called the Whitley Awards, which recognises outstanding grassroots conservationists who are making a measurable difference on the ground to wildlife and local communities. These high-profile prizes are won competitively and presented to winners by WFN’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal at an annual ceremony in London.

The projects WFN supports are pragmatic, evidence-based and founded on community involvement; they range from addressing illegal shark finning in South America to tackling conflict between people and lions in Kenya. Beyond the Whitley Awards, WFN offers further funding to their most effective past winners, providing long-term support to project leaders that are working on the frontline of conservation.

Over the past 23 years, WFN has given over £12 million in grants to more than 170 conservationists working in 70 different countries.

Galapagos Conservation Trust is the only UK non-profit organisation focussing solely on the protection and conservation of the Galapagos Islands.

Founded in 1995, GCT works to ensure the Islands are preserved for future generations to enjoy by raising awareness, alongside funds, in order to support existing and future conservation efforts of the endemic and often endangered wildlife. GCT also dedicates extensive efforts towards strengthening education and sustainability projects in Galapagos.

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David Shepherd is known internationally as an artist and ambassador for wildlife. In 1960 he become a conservationist overnight when he came across 255 zebra lying dead around a poisoned waterhole in Tanzania.

Since then, with the help of supporters across the world, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has given away over £7.7 million in grants to save critically endangered mammals in their wild habitat and benefit the local people who share their environment. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is an adaptable and flexible, non-bureaucratic organisation responding promptly to conservation threats by supporting trusted, reputable individuals and organisations operating in the field.

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will be hosting an art exhibition during Beyond. All proceeds from the exhibition will go to DSWF.

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