Dougie Poynter may be best known as a former member of the pop / rock band McFly, but he’s now increasingly involved in philanthropy. A commitment to wildlife conservation will see Dougie travel to Zambia’s Kafue National Park in 2019 supported by Zambia Marketing Group (ZMG), Wilderness Safaris and Kenya Airways, where he will view the efforts to further increase animal numbers in the park.
From becoming an ambassador for the ‘Tread Lightly’ campaign (above) which helps to preserve ‘London’s own National Nature Reserve’, Richmond Park, to working closely with the WWF to launch their Mountain Gorilla Adoption back in 2012 (below), Dougie is incredibly passionate about making sure we look after the planet and all that inhabits it.
Most recently he has been playing an active role in raising awareness for climate change and plastic waste which he consistently plugs through his social media channels. On his trip to Zambia, Dougie will be working with Wilderness Safaris in Kafue to push their ‘Frontier Eco- Tourism’ initiative to highlight the importance of protecting remote, untouched areas and how having a presence in these remote areas can create a positive impact on conservation and local communities. During his time in Kafue he’ll meet the guides that have been there for many years and learn the workings of the national park. He’ll also meet Wilderness’ regional ecologist to touch on other projects in and around the Zambezi region from Rhino protection and anti-poaching to their Children in the Wilderness Programmes.
Dougie will also meet up with the Carnivore Research Programme which is running extensive predator research in Kafue and may possibly get involved. He’ll also be spending a couple of nights in Wilderness Safaris’ Livingstone based camp, Toka Leya, where he’ll visit Victoria Falls and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
During his time in McFly, Dougie enjoyed 18 Top 20 hits (inc. seven No.1 singles), five Top 20 Albums (No.1 twice), total sales of over 10 million records worldwide, sell-out tours and a couple of BRIT Awards! He’s currently rehearsing with his new band, INK.
Kamageo’s PR Manager, Anisha Parmar stated,
“ It’s so encouraging to see a celebrity that’s willing to break-off from a hugely busy musical career to see the work being done in Zambia. His presence alone will help shine the light on the amazing progress being made in Kafue, but there’s still so much more to be done ”.