Wilderness Safaris: Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis
This case is an epilogue to "Wilderness Safaris: Impact Investing and Ecotourism Conservation in Africa" (2-321-020), which ends with the emergence of the pandemic in March 2020. The final discussion area for that case can be "What should Wilderness Safari CEO Keith Vincent do to confront the challenges of the pandemic?" This case documents, in the CEO's own words, what actions and plans Vincent and the company had taken or formulated as of July 2020. The areas covered are: Governance and Decision Making, Cash Management, People, Communities, Travel Agencies and Customers, Conservation, Reopening, and Investor Reactions and Future Projects. The case is only five pages, so it could be used as an in-class handout after the discussion of the previous case, with the follow-up class discussion taking place then, if sufficient time is available, or in the subsequent class. The focus of the discussion is on the students' analysis and evaluation of Vincent's actions and plans. The case particularly offers learning opportunities for risk assessment, leadership, and management in crisis situations.