WFN silent auction in aid of wildlife conservation

Bidding CLOSED!

Bidding is now closed and congratulations to the winners of the luxury African safari exclusively donated by The Bushcamp Company and stunning oil painting of the African Serval donated by artist Michelle Pearson Cooper. See below for more information about each prize.

All proceeds will go to help the Whitley Fund for Nature in its mission to support wildlife conservationists working throughout the developing world.

LOT 1: Luxury African Safari 

The lucky winner will receive a special seven (7) night safari holiday package in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park worth £6,000 for two (2) people sharing. The prize includes accommodation at your chosen Bushcamp, all meals, game drives – led by experienced guides and owner and founder of Bushcamps, Andy Hogg – to spot wildlife including elephants, giraffe, zebra, leopards and buffalo. Transfers from Mfuwe airport, laundry, service charges and government tax are also included. The winners will also take part in exclusive special excursions that offer even more amazing opportunities to see South Luanga Valley’s incredible wildlife and landscapes, soon to be featured in a forthcoming BBC series.


The prize is valid any time until 31st October 2014. Families with children of all ages are welcome at Mfuwe Lodge. The other Bushcamps have a minimum age of 12. Additional guests and nights can be added and will be charged at the regular rate.

This prize is non-transferable and excludes international flights, internal flights, personal insurance, visas, airport departure taxes, bar costs, park entry fees (Mfuwe Lodge: US$30.00 per person per night and Bushcamps: US$60.00 per person per night), Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund (US$10.00 per person per night), items of a personal nature and any other costs.

Elephant in lodge

Disclaimer: The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) understands that The Bushcamp Company are an excellent organisation offering luxury wildlife holidays, however WFN cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury incurred during or as a result of travelling and staying with The Bushcamp Company as a result of winning this holiday at our auction. We strongly advise you to take out your own insurance cover.

The Bushcamp Company

LOT 2: Original artwork by Michelle Pearson Cooper 

The winner of this lot will receive an original oil painting entitled ‘Serval Alert!’ by artist Michelle Pearson Cooper who, with her husband Justin Cadbury, has a home in South Africa. This wonderful painting of the African serval is framed and mounted on  a 13 x 20 inch panel and is worth £3,200. This particular serval was rescued and looked after by a sanctuary called Tenikwa in South Africa, which allowed Michelle to spend time observing it before its return to the wild.

Serval Alert

Michelle Pearson Cooper studied art on a rarely awarded Art Scholarship at Millfield, and in Florence under Signorina Simi, who lists Pietro Annigoni as one of her pupils. Michelle has held 11 solo exhibitions in London, Palm Beach, Marrakech and Dubai, and collectors of her work include HRH The King of Bahrain, Bruce Oldfield, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, Mahdi Al Tajir and Tom Stoppard. Visit to see more of Michelle’s work.

Michelle Pearson Cooper
Michelle Pearson Cooper

How to take part

Bidding is now closed.

The winners will be announced following our forthcoming event ‘Sir David Attenborough & Alastair Fothergill in Conversation’ on 1st October. This event is now SOLD OUT. 

Auction winners will be notified in person on the night or by email or telephone if not attending the event.