The On Track Foundation is a UK charity whose principal aim is to back wildlife research, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects.
The foundations work aims to benefit wildlife conservation projects that are researching and or protecting endangered or vulnerable species and in doing so also educate local communities as to the value of protecting those species. It is by creating an understanding of the value of the presence of wildlife species with local communities that we can enable sustainable wildlife conservation.
Our main focus is to assimilate data on the behaviour and density of the large carnivores, by offering support to approved research projects.
The On Track Foundation is supported by On Track Safaris in the form of unencumbered annual donations sufficient to cover the foundations administration costs and provide additional funding to approved projects.
Over the last ten years, the founder (Mr William Fox) has worked in support of wildlife conservation projects in several countries, primarily in South Africa. This has lead to an in-depth understanding of the specific needs for charitable support to back small-scale conservation projects that are too small to appear on the radar of large conservation charities and aid organizations. Nevertheless it is these small projects that are addressing local conservation efforts and are in need of support.
The On Track Foundation aims to back holistic solutions to local community issues pertaining to the protection of vulnerable species. This holistic approach can be defined as requiring an integrated three-tier approach:
Wildlife Research and Conservation – The foundation aims to back local wildlife research and conservation projects in areas that are affected by tourism with the free supply of equipment and materials and to offer volunteer wildlife professionals, advice and specialist field support if required. It should be noted that in most cases, research tools and equipment could be purchased in the UK at significantly lower costs than elsewhere enabling the foundation to provide low cost solutions to local issues.
Community education – Providing support for community schools that are associated with or located in the vicinity of the wildlife research and conservation projects that are being supported. This support aimed at assisting in local community education to encourage local recognition and development of the value of wildlife species.
Community health care – The foundation aims to augment its support to local communities by providing volunteer health professionals (where deemed necessary) to offer medical and public health advice, education and in some cases field support.
Providing specialist equipment, materials to small wildlife conservation (non commercial) organisations and research grants to individuals in support of wildlife research.
Providing specialist conservation professionals to give advice, education and mentoring to conservation projects.
Providing specialist volunteers to work ‘in country’ providing conservation and research assistance.
Providing humanitarian support in the form of volunteer professional medical staff to areas identified by and associated with the conservation projects as detailed above.
The board of trustees is made up from a diversity of professionals whose collective skills and experience provide a balanced managerial team.
The Board of Trustees
Will Fox (Chairman) - Originally an Engineer with over 25 years in large project management within the oil and gas sector and UK Ministry of Defence. For the last ten years Will has dedicated his time to supporting African wildlife conservation through tourism. He is also the CEO of On Track Safaris and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr Christopher Cowgill –Dr Gowgill is an independent financial advisor operating in the City of London providing financial and tax advice to the board.
Dr Jennifer Fox – Dr Fox is a medical doctor working within the UK health service, specialising in A&E and Public health.
Mr Roy Domoney - Roy is a retired dentist who has a passion for wildlife and Africa.