Resilient community conservancies, transforming lives, securing peace and conserving natural resources.
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A Kiunga Marine Conservancy ranger releases undersized lobsters back into the ocean. Ensuring sustainable fisheries is a primary focus for coastal conservancies, and the communities are starting to put gear restrictions, no catch zones and size limits in place to safeguard their livelihoods for the next generation. #fisheries#lobster#sustainablefisheries#coastconservation
Happy #worldlionday! Photo: @ewasolions. Ewaso Lions parter with the community of Westgate Conservancy to monitor the area's lions and mitigate conflict with the people they live alongside. Their proactive approach not only engages young warriors and women from the local community, but also means that lionesses like Naramat, mother to these cheeky faces, can successfully raise cubs in community areas. 🦁 #lions#conservation#samburu#safari#lioncub
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Josephine, Lucy and Rose are Kalama's first female wildlife rangers. Kalama is home to some of north Kenya's most iconic wildlife, including elephants, oryx, kudu, leopards and wild dog. It takes guts, passion and determination to protect these animals and the people that live alongside them. Photo: @amivitale#girlpower#thisgirlcan#womenrangers#conservation#amivitale
Video by @amivitale. A baby elephant takes a splash in the cooling mud at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Elephants cover themselves in mud as a shield against the harsh sun and the rescued elephants being cared for at Reteti are instinctively teaching each other many of these useful skills. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69
At the end of May, Kalama Conservancy were proud to welcome a VIP @usaid delegation that included USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Carrie Thompson, Director of Forestry and Biodiversity for USAID Cynthia Gill and USAID Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman. They were given a typical #Samburu welcome from the women of @beadworkskenya!
I met these women last week in Kalama Community Conservancy. They are part of a group of 300 jewellery makers from whom come some of Kenya's most exquisite jewellery. .
They get their raw materials from @nrt_kenya 's Trading arm. After making the jewellery, NRT sells the jewellery on their behalf to markets as far as Australia. .
The profits the women make are put towards running their households, with 5% given towards running Kalama Community Conservancy. .
Proceeds from the Safaricom Marathon in Lewa support NRT's work with these women. . #SafaricomMarathon#YouRunIWin#Twaweza#KalamaConservancy
When we hear about wildlife conservationists, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a rich mzungu wearing a hat stitched with the map of Africa, sporting cargo shorts with too many pockets and safari boots. Perhaps with brown socks, standing next to an animal that's almost going extinct. Seldom do we imagine a Samburu woman with circles of colourful beads on her neck, rings of aluminium glinting on her arms and feet, living at the foot of Mount Ololokwe. A woman with a gap between the teeth, long earlobs and deep sockets that have been hiding eyes from the Northern sun long enough.
We do not imagine that this woman would be a board member of a Conservancy, fighting so valiantly to keep our wildlife away from the horrible hands of a poachers by marshalling other Samburu women in joining this cause in their own way. .
Kalama is a community conservancy, meaning that it is exclusively run by the locals. They own the land here, but have donated a portion of it, 16000 ha, to giving a safe home to wildlife of the North.
Such are the people on the ground, really. A people whose communities coexisted with wildlife long before someone came up with the ridiculous idea that ivory can boost your game in the sack. Long before the price of a kilo of rhino horns became the most expensive commodity in the black market; going for a staggering KES 6.5million (2012). Hell, neither gold nor cocaine comes close to that neighbourhood. .
Kalama Conservancy is supported by Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT): one of the beneficiaries of the Safaricom Marathon in Lewa. And this gorgeous woman, Nabiki Lesuperr, is a board member. .
When God made the earth, what was His first instruction to man? To take care of his creations. Akina Nabiki listened.
She is not such a popular face of conservation. But a face nonetheless. A heroine by any other face is still a heroine. .
Yesterday, representatives from the #Maasai and #Samburu communities met in #Leparua Conservancy for an exchange of stolen livestock. The NRT peace team, mobile security teams, conservancy rangers and Kenya police worked together with community elders and peace ambassadors to recover the stolen livestock, ensure its safe return and broker dialogue between aggrieved parties. #peace#northkenya thanks as ever to our supporters at @usaid@nature_org and DANIDA for supporting our peace work
Green - after just one rain! Rangeland rehabilitation in action in #Kalama community conservancy. This is a site that was cleared of invasive acacia, then included in a bunched grazing program spearheaded by the conservancy grazing committee. This is where cattle are bunched tightly together at night, to break up the hard pan soil and fertilise it. #grass#growth#rains#blessed#northkenya
#drought is affecting cattle, families and wildlife in all sorts of ways. Conflict for remaining water and grass is leading to increased incidents of human/ wildlife conflict. Food scarcity and malnutrition is real - with many families living on just one meal a day. Conservancies are doing what they can to promote peace in this difficult time. #prayforrain#kenya
Mike - always watching over Koitogo like a guardian angel! The only reason Koitogo is still standing today is due to Mike and his around the clock care and attention. Koitogo is only 2 weeks old and had a rough start to life, being born in a drought meant his mum didn't have enough milk to feed him and he got left behind as the herd moved on to find browse and water. Mike, who is from Namunyak Community Conservancy, who set up the Reteti Sanctuary, was due to go on leave a few days ago but insisted he stay until he feels Koitogo is out of the woods. #bethechange#northkenya#elephants#worthmorealive#love@nrt_kenya@kenyawildlifeservice@savetheelephants#retetielephants
It's not all work and no play! Chairmen and women from NRT Centre have a giggle, as they try to make a perfect square while blindfolded. It was part of their leadership and management training last week. #wazee#elders#teambuilding