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UPCOMINGEVENTS
LaikipiaWildlifeForum
P.O. Box 764, Nanyuki
Tel: +254 -20 2466626
Mobile: 0726 500260
Published anddistributedby:
CountyTimesMediaGroupLtd.
P.O. Box 1148 - 10400NanyukiKenya
January2016 IssueNo. 3
CONSERVATION INACTION
C
onservation
is
a
fundamentally
spatial
pursuit. Human-elephant
conflict (HEC), in particular crop-
raiding, is a significant and complex
conservation problem wherever
elephants and people occupy the
same space. Conservationists and
wildlife managers build electrified
fences as a technical solution to this
problem. Fences provide a spatial
meansof controllinghuman-elephant
Livesof Laikipia
interactions by creating a place for
elephants and a place for cultivation.
The 121 km West Laikipia Fence
was put up to prevent elephants
frommoving out of large private and
government-owned ranches and onto
smallholder cultivated land to the
west ofLaikipiaCounty.The fence is
maintained by dedicated individuals
from surrounding communities as
well asstaff from theLaikipiaCounty
Government.
JamesWaithaka
Earnyour stripesat the
30th - 31st January2016
Joinus in Isiolo, Laikipia,
Marsabit orSamburu
Counties
Check thewebsite below for registration details:
#rally4grevys
GreatGrevy’sRally
Annual
Fly54010to4
MountKenya
BikeRace
set to
take place on
12
th
to
14
th
February 2016.
P
umpupyourwheels andget ready
for theannualFly54010to4Mount
Kenya bike race set to take place
on 12
th
to 14
th
February 2016. The event
that takes place on the outskirts ofNanyuki
town, includes an exhilarating descend
from 10,000ft through dense indigenous
forest en route to the rolling lowlands of
Borana Conservancy.Mountain bikers will
enjoy sightings of wildlife along the way
which is bound to add to the excitement.
The
10to4
isafundraisingeventorganised
by Mount Kenya Trust – a non-profit
company–whichworks inpartnershipwith
KenyaWildlife Service (KWS) andKenya
Forest Service (KFS) to protect theMount
Kenya Forest. Vast bamboo andmoorlands
host incredible biodiversity including
endangered species listed under the IUCN
such as African elephant, leopard, giant
forest hog, mountain bongo and Harvey’s
Duiker, along with 81 endemic species of
plants.MountKenyaForest is continuously
under pressure, where indigenous tree
logging, overgrazing, charcoal extraction,
forestfiresandmarijuanaproduction is rife,
and where cases of wildlife poaching and
bushmeat trade are on the rise.
Proceeds from this event will help to
support mobile anti-poaching rangers,
known as the Joint Wildlife Patrol Team,
who respond to illegal activities. Also
supported are a 5-man mountain horse
patrol team, the first of its kind on Mount
Kenya, who patrol the northern side of the
Reserve, along with security and fencing
teams working tirelessly all year round to
fix damaged elephant fences.
Since 2010, the Trust maintains an
elephant corridor that reconnectsahistorical
and almost lost migration pathway between
the habitats of Mount Kenya, the Ngare
Ndare Forest Reserve, Lewa Conservancy
and the northern rangelands of Laikipia and
Samburu.
Over 350,000 trees have been planted by
theTrustsofarinareasofdegradedforestland
in partnership with the KFS Plantation
Establishment Livelihood Improvement
System (PELIS). This in turn supports
women engaged in tree seedling nurseries
businesses, environmental education in
schools and health programmes. Fire
fighting efforts are also funded by the race.
Tackle theMountKenya’sslopesat theannual
forest fund raiser10to4MountainBikeRace.
Conserve&Protect
Preservation of the forest is critical not
just to wildlife but also for the millions of
Kenyans who depend on water from the
Tana (Kenya’s longest and largest river)
and Ewaso Ng’iro river basins. The rivers
running off the mountain link the wetter
highlands with the drier lowlands - either
directly as river water or indirectly through
refreshing ground water supplies. Runoff
fromMount Kenya supplies almost 50 per
cent of Kenya’s river drainage systems
alongwith over 65 per cent hydropower.
Registration for the 10to4 is now open,
and will close on 31
st
January. Log on to
for more details or search
for the
Mount Kenya 10to4 Mountain
BikeChallenge
onFaceBook.
I have worked for the
Kenyan Government for
33 years, more specifically
for ADCMutara. I help to
make sure that the electric
fence in this area is always
working and report on any
abnormalities. I nowhave4
kidswhoall live inLaikipia.
Two of my children are still
inschoolwhile theother two
are looking foremployment.
Maybe they will choose to
get into conservation work
and in that case I will have
something to teach them as
I have beendoing thiswork
for a very long time”.
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