Kenyans Kids on Safari with the Safari Collection
Due to the generous support of their donors, the Safari Collection recently complete the most amazing few days with children from Westgate Community Conservancy. In partnership with Ewaso Lions, Kenyan Kids on Safari and The Westgate Community Conservancy, SC arranged a three day, activity filled camp for 24 lucky school children.
The camp really was an inspirational project and they hope to take this concept and spread it far and wide. Educating children at this young age to understand and appreciate the assets that they are surrounded by is vital in the long term preservation of Kenya's wildlife and environment,
The Safari Collection is very grateful for the support and input that they received from The Samburu National Reserve, The Grevy's Zebra Trust and The Reticulated Giraffe Project.
Wildlife Utilization Excursion
A visit to Mr. Leonard Mbucho’s farm in Sagana was all it took a group of community members in Laikipia to gain an interest in wildlife utilization projects. The trip was organized by the Laikipia Wildlife Forum’s wildlife Officer and the Kenya Wildlife Service senior warden, Paul Opiyo. The group comprised of representatives drawn from the five units of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum including their respective Community Liason Officers.
From left: Stephen Nyaga (LWF Wildlife Conservation Officer), Paul Opiyo (KWS Senior Warden Utilization) and the farm owner Mr. Mbucho addressing the crowd.
Judiciary Hinders the War Aganist Poaching
By Dr. Mordecai Ogada (Executive Director LWF)
There was excitement in the conservation fraternity when it was reported in the Standard on May 2 that the DPP, Keriako Tobiko, had declared that he now regarded wildlife poaching as an economic crime.
As an organised crime, coordination with other government agencies is needed, the problem being too big to be handled by KWS alone. Social media was abuzz with gratitude for the DPP and the Judiciary.
Parliament passes motion to increase penalties for poaching
Laikipia congratulates Kenya for passing a revolutionary emergency amendment to the Wildlife Act elevating penalties for wildlife crimes.Last week, Kenyan MPs overwhelmingly approved a motion to increase the number of game rangers and the passing of an emergency amendment to the Wildlife Act that raises penalties for killing wildlife especially elephants and rhinos to up to 15 years in jail and/or a fine of up to K.Shs.10 million.
LWF Consumer Satisfaction Survey
The survey is being carried out by PSRM Consultants on behalf of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF).
AgroSolar Irrigation Demo Sites
Laikipia Wildlife Forum and Sun Culture are working together to implement a science-based program aimed at maximizing water benefits to society through use of green energy and drip kits. LWF has began putting up demo sites as tools for educating farmers on efficient and economical farming practices that would significantly reduce their costs of production including water for irrigation and as a result increase their profits and yields per acreage.
Forest Management Strategy for Laikipia County ( 2013 – 2023)
LWF is developing a Forest Conservation Strategy for Laikipia County. This will act as a guide to forest management activities in Laikipia and aim to contribute positively and effectively towards conservation of the Ewaso ecosystem.