Aerial support to conservancy rangers on the ground, and the mobile ranger teams that work alongside them, enables community conservancies to provide a faster, more effective response to wildlife crime and livestock theft. Working closely with the government law enforcement agencies and funded in part by the European Union - EU under the Community Policing Initiative - this aerial and ground support to community policing is helping keep people and wildlife safe. #rangers#wildlifehero#kenya
📸 @celinendb White rhino in @ilngwesi 🦏 The white rhino is the second largest land mammal in the world, after the elephant. They can weigh over 2,000 kgs and feed mainly on grass. Theirs must be one of the greatest conservation success stories in Africa - almost extinct in the 20th century due to widespread hunting, (there was said to be just 20 left), it is now the most populous of all the rhino subspecies.
No, this isn’t Photoshopped. This is real #northkenya Repost from @sararacamp - nestled in the mountains of Namunyak Community Conservancy in Samburu. Scenes like this are a result of collaborative community efforts to protect wildlife and manage rangelands, and attract visitors to Sarara from all over the world. Tourism revenue provides a valuable income stream for Namunyak - contributing to conservancy operations (like ranger salaries) as well as community projects. #ecotourism#responsibletourism#samburu#whyilovekenya
This year’s world-famous @rhino.charge 4x4 challenge is being held in Nanapa Community Conservancy! This annual event, held in a different area every year, sees competitors battle it out to reach 13 check points scattered across tough terrain in a 10 hour time period. The event raises funds for @rhino.ark which supports conservation around Mt. Kenya. It also raises significant sums for the host conservancy. This is the 7th rhino charge to be held in an NRT member community conservancy.
Scientists warn that the window is closing to safeguard biodiversity and a healthy planet. Only transformative change has the potential to save 1 million species at risk of extinction. That’s why we’ve partnered with @insidenatgeo’s Last Wild Places initiative to help ensure a future for nature and our next generation. Together with other leading conservation organisations around the world, we’re working to support the protection of 30% of the planet by 2030. You can learn more about this important goal by visiting CampaignForNature.org #IntBiodiversityDay Photo taken at @r.e.s.c.u.e in Namunyak Conservancy by @kieran.avery
This month, the community in Kiunga Conservancy in Lamu collected over 10,000 kgs of trash from their beaches and nearshore waters. Now, they are using it to build. Kiunga have partnered with @safaridoctors to use discarded plastic bottles filled with plastic waste as insulation for buildings. An innovative recycling scheme in one of the most rural NRT member conservancies. #recycle#plasticrecycling#zerowaste#saveouroceans#lamu
Last week a joint team from @kenyawildlifeservice, Naibunga Community Conservancy, NRT and @lewa_wildlife treated an elephant that had been speared in the head, most likely a victim of human/ wildlife conflict.
With the elephant under anaesthetic, and the KWS vet was able to remove the spear and treat the wound with long acting antibiotics. The elephant came round just fine and the team are hopeful he’ll make a good recovery. While the number of elephants killed for ivory in NRT member conservancies has dropped 97% since 2012, sadly the number killed as a result of human-wildlife conflict has risen. It’s a complex issue, with both people and elephants suffering when crop raids occur and completion for resources increases in hard times. Community conservancies will continue to work with KWS, Lewa and others to address this. #wildlife#vet#kenyawildlifeservice#elephant#humanwildlifecoexistence#nature#animals photo from @lewa_wildlife
In 2018, community members cleared 885 acres of destructive acacia reficiens from their land. Acacia spreads quickly in degraded areas, displacing other plant species and preventing grass growth. Clearing it is helping to regenerate land for both livestock and wildlife.
One small step out of his translocation crate - one giant leap closer to becoming a wild elephant once again! This is one of three young bulls - rescued and rehabilitated at @r.e.s.c.u.e - that were released into a holding pen in Sera Community Conservancy this week - in partnership with @kenyawildlifeservice. Their large holding pen gives them a chance to get used to their new surroundings under the close watch of their carers, before being released into Sera and back to the wild. As they were hand raised in a community conservancy and are being released into a community conservancy - the young bulls represent the success of the grassroots conservation movement. One that puts communities at the forefront of species protection, while linking it to improved livelihoods. #rewilding#backtothewild#elephants#rescue
In Kenya’s north coast, the health and livelihoods of the Kiunga community rely on the health of their ocean. That’s why they’ve come together, through their community conservancy, to lead the #fightagainstplastic in #Lamu. For the past three weeks they’ve teamed up with @safaridoctors to clean up plastic from their beaches, and the Conservancy have promised a prize to the team who collects the most. So far, they have collected 10,000 kilograms of plastic and other non-biodegradable waste. As well as this pioneering community, Kiunga Conservancy is also home to sea turtles and pristine corals - all increasingly threatened by ocean pollution. Rare dugongs have even been spotted here, feeding on the sea grass. The community have proposed to construct a plastic collection and recycling centre during the next clean up phase. #saveouroceans#beachcleanup#zeroplastic