Repost @nature_africa ・・・
Photo by @amivitale. Soil is crucial for addressing climate change. But it's often an unsung hero in the climate story. As part of our partnership with @nrt_kenya, we’re working to make changes in rangeland management to increase soil carbon, leverage carbon markets, and provide revenue for community rangeland trusts. In northern Kenya, rangelands are managed mainly through the types of grazing animals, the density at which they are grazed, and the frequency by which they are rotated to other parts of the system to avoid overgrazing. These healthier, better-managed grasslands sequester more carbon from the atmosphere, provide better habitat for wildlife, and better pasture for livestock. Here, Samburu women plant seeds of native plants in areas where they’ve removed invasive red thorn bushes at West Gate Conservancy. #cop23#samburu#kenya#magicalkenya#africa#protectpreserve#livenature#nature#conservation#sustainability#climatechange
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After moving to Westgate Community Conservancy, Shivani of Ewaso Lions approached the Conservancy Warden, Stephen, and asked for a small team to work with her and help find lions. Stephen found a young, smiling 19-year old warrior - Jeneria (middle of top photo). In the early days, Jeneria was very shy and quiet but that has quickly changed and he is now a fearless leader. Jeneria came up with the concept for Warrior Watch in 2010 where he decided that the best way to save lions in Samburu was to engage the warrior demographic. Jeneria now works with 19 warriors (including Letoiye and Yesalai pictured here), stops other warriors killing lions, collars and tracks lions, attends to difficult conflict incidents when lions have killed livestock and engages with the community on a daily basis. The warrior team is a remarkable and formidable force for conservation in Samburu under Jeneria's leadership. #Samburu#conservation#lion#wildlife#warrior#warriorwatch Top photo taken by Kris Norvig.
Repost from the @r.e.s.c.u.e elephant sanctuary in Namunyak Community Conservancy. ・・・
This is the video of the very first moment our newest orphan Loisaba was introduced to the rest of the herd on Thursday. Nadasoit, his first friend, came barreling down the hill to meet Loisaba. They then began to intertwine trunks, like little children holding hands. The other elephants, followed, excited to see him and eager to get to know him. They followed Loisaba everywhere for the rest of the afternoon.
Just your average day in Sera Rhino Sanctuary! Sera rangers work 24/7 to protect the wildlife and people of this beautiful conservancy. With support from @lewa_wildlife they haven't lost a single rhino to poaching since they were translocated into the sanctuary in 2015. A partnership with @saruni.lodges has opened up tourism opportunities, linking wildlife conservation to education, healthcare and employment benefits for conservancy members. Support from @usaid, @nature_africa, DANIDA and others continues to empower the Sera community to improve governance, promote peace, and manage their rangelands more sustainably. #rhino#elephant#safari#rangers#kenya#seraconservancy#africanwildlife#conservation photos by @tarnbreedveld
Photo by @amivitale. Local school children run in through the grass at Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary (@lewa_wildlife) while on a trip to learn about the wildlife in the area and the environment they share with them. These children and these educational offerings are an important part of the movement of community led conservation happening within the member conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust that inspires love and respect for the animals here.
Video credit Noelle Herzog via @saruni.lodges. Happy #worldrhinoday! Could you hold your nerve this close to a wild black rhino? In 2015 Sera Community Conservancy became the first community owned black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and certainly one of only a handful on the continent. The 11 black rhinos in the sanctuary are thriving, thanks to close monitoring from community scouts. In early 2017, Sera partnered with Saruni lodges to offer the first rhino tracking experience in east Africa. #rhino#saverhinos#rhinoconservation#safari#walkingsafari#toocloseforcomfort
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
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. .