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What do you think of this elephant? It’s such a disturbing image. But it happens, and its done by people. Just like what happened to this elephant, thousands of innocent and voiceless wild creatures are subjected to all sorts of inhumane treatment everyday. We need to change our negative perceptions towards wildlife conservation through learning and actions. The Mobile Conservation Education Unit welcomes you in undertaking the vital task of educating and involving hundreds of thousands of Kenyan children and communities in wildlife conservation. Let’s learn to treat our wild animals in a humane way
The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya had earlier own requested for a material support from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Last month the RSPB donated 4 pairs of binoculars. Through the RSPB International Environment Education manager Barrie Cooper we (WCK) send our sincere gratitudes for this kind donation . The binoculars would be used at the Wajee Nature Park. This is a hot spot for the endangered Hindes babbler, only six members of this species are found here. We would also like to appreciate Brenton H and many others who joined us in ‘Save the Hindes babbler campaign’ by giving a kind financial donation early this year.
More material and financial support is highly welcomed. More binoculars, bird guides, camping facilities and conservation publications are needed for the increasing number of school students, local and international visitors who visit the site in search of the Hindes babbler. WCK now focuses on effectively educating and involving the local school children and communities in conserving this vital habitat. In the month of September alone 20 schools and over 5,000 school children were visited, educated and fully incorporated in the Hindes babbler awareness campaign by the WCK’s Mobile Conservation Education Unit.
By moses: The forest is in Kitui Central district and is of great economic importance to the residents of this arid district. The vegetation cover of the forest is changing at an alarming rate due human activities. Kavonge is the only main water tower in the larger Kitui District. It is also a source of tributaries feeding into Ntheeu and Kalundu river which is a source of livelihood to communities living downstream. The rivers now are dry as sign of environmental destruction in the forest. Endangered tree species such east african sandal wood, scientifically known as Osyris Lanceolata among others are dominant in the forest. wildlife is also another valuable resource in the forest.
WCK has been promoting grassroots participation in tree planting activities and enhancing environmental stability through the youth. we recognise the importance of the youth as an important tool for effective tranfer of tree planting techniques. Eological walks have also been going on in the forest for awareness creation and educational purposes. We intend to plant 10,000 seedling in this rain season (October – December) to rehabilitate the forest.
-USD 100 – could help to plant 750 seedlings in the forest.
-USD 500 – could help to purchase 3750 seedlings.
-USD 1000 – could help to restore 1/4 ha of the forest.
Please help! Your gift today will not only restore the forest but will give the community a brighter future.
By Gabriel:The climate change effects are now real. The rains are unpredictable. With a big percentage of the Africa population including Kenya depending on rain fed agriculture, then social and economic future of this region is blink. Climate change is also among the major threats facing our wildlife. In this year’s drought for example Kenya has lost 40 out of its 2000 grevy zebras, 600 hippos, over 200 elephants and hundreds of other species. The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya’s Mobile Conservation Education Unit, has embarked on serious measures of educating and involving the school children and public at large in combating the climate change effects and more specifically developing suitable adaptive and mitigation measures. In the month of July, September and October 2009 alone a total of 25,600 school children have benefited from this charitable wildlife education program. Extensive public educational programs, creating climate change publications, tree planting measures, proper ways of harvesting and storing water, balancing both wildlife and livestock requirements are some of the key measures in place. Thousands of our school children have as well been involved in the Seal The Deal petition form signing ahead of the COP 15 Copenhagen summit this year. Your financial and material support will make it possible for us to jointly address this critical issue.
Written by Gabriel
The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya in partnership with the Bornfree Foundation have been involving the Wildlife Club members in desnaring campaigns. Through their passion and dedication the youths are passing an important message ‘ Let Us Set Our Wildlife Free’. Thanks to this initiative over 1,800 snares have been removed in hot spot areas like the Athi Kapiti plains, Konza, Ngong forest, around Nairobi National Park among others in the last one year.
A snare is trap commonly made of metal wire taken from abandoned tyres, telephone lines. The traps are set in areas that are a preferred passage for antelopes like the dik diks. Such include trails, water points, fence openings and around dung piles. Because of the illegal snare traps wildlife populations in these areas have been dwindling. This negatively affects the balance of nature and more so the tourism sector. The uninspected bush meat sold to the local market is as well not safe for human use.
During the desnaring program, the trained team walks deep in the hot spots, identifying and removing any snare. The team is always accompanied by a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) or Kenya Forest Service(KFS) armed rangers. The KWS/KFS personnel have legal mandate to make any arrests.
The team moves keenly along targeted areas, intercepting any kind of snare found and rescuing the animals.
In such areas carcasses of antelopes are notably found, signifying the extend of the problem. Some poachers escape on noticing the team’s presence. A number of poachers have been arrested.
Depending on how far and big the area is, desnaring campaigns can take several days. The team camps in these targeted spots to accomplish the task. At the end the team members are exhausted but happy for saving lives of hundreds of voiceless and innocent creatures.
Its evident that more snare hotspots exist in other parts of the country. This volunteer team has enormous task ahead. But even much so the team needs more material and financial support especially if more young people are to be incorporated in this noble program. Tents, sleeping bags, transport means, food and other basic up keep needs are the key essentials for the team. We welcome your kind support.
The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) has now acquired the Wajee Nature Park. The park is a 22 acre forest tract located in Mukurweni, a few Kilometers South of Mt Kenya. Wajee Nature Park is one of the few remaining habitats for the endemic Hindes Babbler ( Turdoides hindei). The Hindes babbler is listed as vulnerable under IUCN Red List. Its main threat is habitat loss. The bird depends on secondary vegetation and open woodland much of which is now threatened by intensive farming. Indeed only six members of the Hindes babbler are found around Wajee Nature Park. There is therefore need to take urgent measures in safeguarding the Hindes Babbler shrinking habitats.
What has WCK done so far?
1. WCK has taken over management of the Nature Park and enhancing protection of the only remaining forest track and habitats for the Hindes Babbler.
2. Educating and involving the local farmers and community on the need to protect Hindes babbler and its habitats through better farming practices.
3. Educational programmes to the school youths and local community in general to enable them understand the need to protect the Hindes Babbler habitats.
WCK kindly seeks support from well wishers and organizations to:
1.Train local farmers on selective farming so that habitats for the birds found in peoples land can be protected. Farmers should be made aware of the existence of the bird in the farms.
2. Develop information materials about the Hindes babbler (its status and threats locally). These will be distributed to local farmers and Wildlife Clubs in schools.
3. Refurbish the information center so that school children, local community and visitors can use it a a resource center.
4. Acquire binoculars and playback recorder for school children, community and visitors to use in tracking the bird during nature walks and monitoring the bird in the local farms.
Welcome, join us in saving the endemic Hindes babbler!
The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya members are concerned with the rapid loss of our wildlife species due to human activities.
The number of wildlife species killed by speeding vehicles on our roads is increasing due to carelessness and ignorance. This is happening even in remote areas where there is no busy traffic.
The picture below shows a beautiful reticulated giraffe knocked down recently by a speeding lorry at the Garissa Giraffe Sanctuary.
In a stretch of less than one kilometer over 15 wildlife species were observed to have been killed by speeding vehicles in Rift Valley. Among them were the african civet, tortoise, genet and bird species .
Improper development plans are a disastrous to our wildlife species survival. At a slaughter house in North Eastern Kenya over 5 marabou stocks are electrocuted everyday as they patch on uninsulated electric wires. The stocks visit the center to feed on meat remains.
Our members are saddened by people who keep and mistreat wild animals for commercial reasons. In an Eco-lodge near the Tanzania border the condition of ‘Suzanne’ kept for visitors to watch is pathetic. She is never fed, never free from her huge chain and really looks miserable. See her photo below.
In our country Kenya more than 70% of our animals live outside the protected areas. This means they live with me and you. Its high time that we learn to live with our wildlife. The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya through its members and Born Free Foundation has been undertaking desnaring activities in some bush meat hot spots. Over 2000 snares have been captured.The number of animals killed is alarming. Some animals escape with the snares and end up having a painful slow death.
These are just few examples, and such disappointing occurrences are happening in every corner of this world.
Awareness creation, initiating wildlife conservation activities, lobbying and desnaring are some of the key activities the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya is undertaking to safeguard our wildlife. However there is need for we humans to be more humane to wildlife species and better conservation policies put in every country.