“From time immemorial, local and indigenous women have always been the true custodians of nature.”

“We take a holistic approach to conservation, encompassing ecosystem health, animal health and human wellbeing.”

“Treat the earth well, as it was not given to you by your parents, it was lent to you by your children”

“We are a small group of highly experienced, visionary conservationists. We invite you to join our journey to protect our planet’s most threatened biodiversity by empowering local and indigenous women.”

Indigenous women are foundational to biodiversity conservation.

By breaking through existing poverty cycles, our One Health approach can restore their stewardship and improve their lives.


Odyssey Conservation - What We Do

Our Odyssey

Our award-winning Odyssey began twenty five years ago with the conservation of the black rhinoceros in southern Zimbabwe. We worked together with the Shangaan people to protect this highly endangered species and helped to create the largest rhino sanctuary in Africa. We then developed one of the most successful models for community-led conservation in Northern Mozambique with Kimwani communities.

Our experience with local and indigenous communities over the years has confirmed to us that local and indigenous women are the best agents of change in their communities as well as being the natural custodians of biodiversity.

It has become our mission to empower women to protect their biocultural heritage in other biodiverse areas of the planet for future generations, locally and globally.

Learn more about our odyssey…


Join Our Odyssey
  • We need your support to operate. Our programmes are field-based, professionally-run and we keep all administrative costs to a minimum.

  • By buying some of the products manufactured by the local women we work with or by well-know designers, you will empower local women to improve the health of their families and of their environment.

  • Through our Odyssey for Change initiative, we create highly impactful partnerships between the worlds of business, conservation and local indigenous people.

  • We encourage you to contact us as we much appreciate any input, ideas or questions from you.

Thursday, September 6th 2018

OCT at the Animal Intelligence Université d'été

Acknowledging and building upon the holistic vision that indigenous local communities have of their environment is key to achieving conservation objectives. OCT co-founder Dr Julie Garnier presented a talk on animal intelligence through this integrated vision at the Université d'Et&ea… Full Story...
Wednesday, January 17th 2018

Massive die-off of 200,000 saiga antelope in Kazakhstan likely to be associated with changing climate.

After the tragic die-off of more than 200,000 saiga antelopes 3 years ago in Kazakhstan, Prof. R. Kock and a multi-disciplinary team of scientists diagnosed fatal hemorrhagic septicemia, or fatal blood poisoning caused by Pasteurella multocida type B bacteria. Statistical modeling suggests that hig… Full Story...

Our Partners

  • IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • RVC - Royal Vetinary College University of London
  • WCS - Wildlife Conservation Society
  • ZSL
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Conservation and Wildlife Fund
  • Foundation - Virbac
  • Network for the Evaluation of One Health
  • African bushcamps foundation
  • Cordio - east africa
  • European Union
  • Exeter University
  • Lion reserve
  • L Fremer
  • WildCRU - Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
  • Wild Programme - Wildlife in Livelihood Development
  • World Bank
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