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CONSERVATION INACTION
April 2016 IssueNo. 7
Kids Twiga Tally Update!
through the use of livestock and
plannedgrazing.
• Managing the numbers of
livestock, the time they spend
grazing, and the density at which
theygraze are all key to rangelands
management. We must learn
how to better manage livestock
reproduction, fattening, marketing,
sales, and reinvestment.
• We can no longer avoid the need
to plan our use of the land, and
the location and density of our
infrastructure. Our population is
too big and growing too fast to
ignore the role that smart land use
planningplays in the successof our
rangelands.
Laikipia has a role to play in
Ilngwesi/Lchurrai senior
grazingmanagement
committeemember,
Mr. Keshine says, “The
communitywhichwehad
relied on for support kept
failingus.We therefore
made the decision to take
the lead by combining our
own leaders’herds, and that
made others follow in our
footprints.”
being a hub for training and
information sharing on rangelands
rehabilitation, management, and
holistic management. We need to
build a culture of respect for herding,
livestock management, and grass
and soil management. Laikipia can
lead the way, and show ourselves,
our neighbours, all Kenyans, and the
world that rangelands and nature are
alive andwell inLaikipia, Kenya.
The Northern Rangelands Trust
(NRT), the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, and
LWF are joining together to address
these issues. As rangelands and
conservation leaders in this landscape,
we are combining skills, people, and
resources to improve rangelands
management and rehabilitation.
TheFutureof Laikipia’s
Rangelands
Continued from page 1
E
arly in March, children
from Nairobi and Laikipia
were given a wonderful
opportunity to participate in a fun
wildlife research project. In an event
dubbed the “Kids Twiga Challenge”,
a diverse group of kids from a
variety of backgrounds were able to
contribute to conservation education
and learning in Laikipia by helping
scientists to study the population of
giraffe inLaikipia.
The event was organized by
Wildlife Direct, Mpala Research
Centre, Laikipia Wildlife Forum,
Princeton and Columbia Universities
as well as by researchers who are
in the process of developing the
IBEIS (Image Based Ecological
Identification System) which the
childrenused to “count” the giraffe.
The first results of the survey
demonstrated that there were more
giraffe found in conservancies
where wildlife management was
more of a priority, in comparison
to community group ranches. The
information collected will be useful
for future planning on conservation,
community engagement and further
understanding wildlife behaviour.
Because of the success of the tally,
more schools have expressed an
interest in participating in an event
like this again. LWF’s Wild Class
will helpmake this happen, by giving
children the opportunity to contribute
in a meaningful way both to science
and to the land around them.
Predic'ons
1.
Higher densityandqualityof treesonconservancieswill supportmore
giraffes.
2.
More infants and juvenileswill be foundongroup ranchesbecauseof
lower predator pressure.
Conservancies
¥
Fewlivestock
¥
Trees abundant
Group ranches
¥
Lotsof livestock
¥
Trees cut
Ques'ons
Which landscapehasmoregiraffes?Whichhasmore infants and juveniles?
LandscapeFeatures
Thanks to:
Group Ranches
Conservancy
LearnMore:
IBEIS.org
KidsTwigaTally!
TheKids TwigaTally is thefirst Ome that agiraffecensushas ever beencountedbyprimary school children. 70children from8urbanand rural schools
inNairobi andLaikipiaphotographedpopulaOonsof reOculatedgiraffesonconservancies andpastoralist group ranches. They took1339photos that
wereentered into ImageBasedEcology InformaOonSystem(IBEIS) soXware todeterminehowmanyunique individual giraffeswerepresent. A ‘sight-
resight’ analysisof thesephotographs showed that therewere376giraffeson theconservancyand80on thegroup ranch. The sizes andsexesof
giraffes in thesephotos alsodeterminedgroupcomposiOon. Engaging students teaches themaboutwildlife researchandconservaOon.
- Lotsof green, dense trees
- 9.2giraffes/Km
2
-MorePredators ->23%young
- Fewer brown, leafless trees
- 2.0giraffes/Km
2
- Fewer Predators ->43%young
ParticipatingSchools:
BrookhouseSchool
KiberaSchool forGirls
KimanjoPrimary
MpalaAcademy
Ndururi Primary
Ng'aboloPrimary
Ol Jogi Primary
St. Christopher's, Nanyuki
5-a-side charity football tourney
Kick-off:April30
th
-May1
st
2016
Drawand teamregistration:29
th
April
Venue:NanyukiSportsClub
Corporate teams- Ksh 1,000 per head
Social teams- Ksh 500 per head
Kid's team- Ksh 300 per head
Contact Daniel on 0723263570 or
EMAIL:
WHOAM
I PLAYING
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Gate Charges
Adults – 250ksh
Kids – 100ksh
Activities:
Bouncing castle,
Face painting,
Penalty Shoot-out challenge,
Fundraising activities,
Shuka volleyball,
Toto’s corner&manymore
Conservation education
through sports
The first 100kids
get a free copyof
the HuntMe Not
comic book.
5-a-side charity football tourney
Kick-off:April30
th
-May1
st
2016
Drawand teamregistration:29
th
April
Venue:NanyukiSportsClub
Corporate teams- Ksh 1,000 per head
Social teams- Ksh 500 per head
Kid's team- Ksh 300 per head
Contact Daniel on 0723263570 or
EMAIL
WHOAM
I PLAYING
NEXT
Gate Charges
Adults – 250ksh
Kids – 100ksh
Activities:
Bouncing castle,
Face painting,
Penalty Shoot-out challenge,
Fundraising activities,
Shuka volleyball,
Toto’s corner&manymore
Conservation education
through sports
The first 100kids
get a free copyof
the HuntMe Not
comic book.
5-a-side charity football tourney
Kick-off:April30
th
-May1
st
2016
Drawand teamregistration:29
th
April
Venue:NanyukiSportsClub
Corporate teams- Ksh 1,00 per head
Social teams- Ksh 500 per head
Kid's team- Ksh 300 per head
Contact Daniel on 0723263570 or
E
MAIL:
h
WHOAM
I PLAYING
NEXT
Gate Charges
Adults – 250ksh
Kids – 100ksh
Activities:
Bouncing castle,
Face painting,
Penalty Shoot-out challenge,
Fundraising activities,
Shuka volleyball,
Tot ’s corner&manymore
Conservation education
through sports
The first 100kids
get a free copyof
the HuntMe Not
comic book.
hunt
me
not
wild
football
Corporate stands- Ksh 35,000​(inclusive
of a team with a max of 8 players)
Dance competitions- Ksh 1,000 (5 pax)
Art competitions- Ksh 1,000 (5 pax)
Costs include all registration fees for the
entire two day event.
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