#tbt On Tuesday, Charlie Mayhew visited Woburn Safari Park as part of the launch for their TUSK ‘Not For Sale’ garden, aimed at highlighting the elephant ivory crisis.
This incredible garden is made up of 100 pairs of synthetic tusks and the garden symbolises the alarming rate at which African elephants are poached. With nearly 100 #elephants killed every day for their tusks, this unique exhibit was designed to educate the public about the devastating slaughter of endangered African elephant populations, caused by the brutal ivory trade.
Charlie was joined by the garden designers Sharmayne Ferguson and Mark Whyte, as well as Holly Mullin (aged 9) who has written to the Prime Minister about the ivory trade. Also in attendance were Asian elephants Damini, Tarli, Chandrika and Yu Zin.
Earlier this year the Grevy's Zebra Trust held the Great Grevy Rally in order to establish the current population of Grevy Zebra's in Kenya. @grevyszebratrust
We are excited to annouce that Kenya now holds 2,812 Grevy's zebra!! "This is an increase from the 2,350 population count from the GGR 2016. The increase is partly as a result of enhanced survey effort in the northern counties- more teams drove their routes repeatedly and many Grevy's zebra missed in 2016 were 'found' in GGR 2018!
The results have only been made possible thanks to the citizen scientists that drove over 25, 000 km squared area in the Grevy's zebra's range." Grevy Zebra Trust
Meet Loijipu! Here Lojipu is exploring his new home under the watchful eye of his keeper Mary.
Lojipipu is a black rhino calf who was born in a Sera Community conservancy in #Kenya but unfortunatley he was abandoned by his mother at birth in February 2017.
He was taken to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Community United for Elephants where he was hand rasied by Samburu Keepers.
On the 6th of June, Loijipu was released back into Sera Conservancy thanks to a joint opperation by Northern Rangelands Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service. @nrt_kenya@firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2015 Sera Conservancy created the first community run black rhino santuray. The Sera Rhino Sancturay population is now 13 thanks to the return of Loijipu.
Funding from Tusk was instrumental in the construction of the Rhino Sanctuary which has already seen the first black rhino birth on community land in Kenya for 25 years. We also provided support to construct and maintain the Moto outpost - to improve the monitoring and protection of the rhino.
ONLY 6 DAYS TO GO TO THE 2018 @safaricommarathon Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located on the northern foothills of Mt Kenya and on the Laikipia-Samburu ecosystem. This region hosts significant wildlife populations and it hosts the Safaricom Marathon on a yearly basis!
Due to the money raised at the Safaricom Marathon, Lewa is able to continue setting up sound strategies necessary for facilitating sustainable community development, increased understanding of wildlife conservation, improved governance at grass-root level, economic empowerment through income generating activities, improved quality of life and improved equity and participation.
Funds raised by the Safaricom Marathon supported the Rugusu water project. The aim of the project was to provide the community with clean water for a ablution block of pit latrines and shower rooms, washing sinks for women to wash clothes, clothes lines and livestock water troughs.
WHEN WE RUN TOGETHER, WE PROTECT OUR FUTURE!
Happy World Giraffe Day!🦒 Did you know that Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period! They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time. 🦒 To see what Tusk and our project partners get up to, visits our new website and head to the project pages by clicking on the link in our bio
Yesterday we where celebrating a beautiful Loggerhead turtle that was over 90kg's and today we received this from Lamu Marine Conservation Trust!
Tusk has been the primary funder of Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LAMCOT) since 2000. We provided the project with a boat for beach patrols, and consistently cover the core running costs. Funds raised from guests staying at the Peponi Hotel are used to buy further equipment and supplies as needed.
To read more about the work that LAMCOT does click on the in our bio!
Thank you LAMCOT for all you do to protect these lovely #turtles
This turtle weighed over 90kgs, just look at the size of her head!
These turtles where brought in by #Watamu Village fishermen as part of LOT's bycatch program.
Tusk has supported LOT’s Sea Turtle Bycatch Release Programme, which works closely with over 450 fishermen to reduce the number of sea turtle mortalities resulting from bycatch; and their Nest Monitoring and Protection work that involves patrolling the beach within the Marine Park in order to monitor nesting activity and provide protection for nesting female sea turtles, their eggs and their hatchlings.
On Saturday the 30th of June 2018, the annual Safaricom Marathon will be taking place on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy! @lewa_wildlife
The Safaricom Marathon, which is jointly organized by Tusk and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, vitally supports the Bongo Surveillance Project (BSP) in protecting and conserving the critically endangered mountain bongo in the Aberdares forests of Central Kenya.
The Bongo is critically endangered, it is estimated that a 100 or fewer adult individuals remain in the wild!
Funds from the marathon supports BSP’s programme activities such as bongo monitoring, which is jointly conducted with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service. Thanks to the bongo monitoring, mountain bongos now roam in extended areas, and in daylight! Due to the bongo monitoring program and the tighter security, more than 150 snares, 800 illegal logging sites and over 50 charcoal kilns have been intercepted.
BSP has also set up the Bongo Wildlife Club conservation educational programme which has been implemented in 19 schools, the program has helped schools plant and nurture their very own “bongo forests” with over 20,000 trees. In 2017, these clubs helped inspired over 5000 kids and the local communities.
The Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) recently tended to a donkey that had been injured by a lion. A donkey, such as this one, is very important to families, as they depend on it to help with collecting water and firewood. The loss of a donkey can have a huge impact on families, as it can result in an increased workload and may even prevent young girls from attending school!
Lion attacks at bomas - traditional livestock enclosures - are a major challenge for pastoralists. RCP helps to reduce these attacks by reinforcing the bomas with wire and often the RCP Lion defenders will camp out overnight guarding the bomas.
The Ruaha Carnivore Project operates over a huge expanse of wildlife habitat in central Tanzania, where critical carnivore populations frequently come into conflict with local communities.
Tusk has been a committed supporter of RCP since 2013, providing core operating costs as well as funding for specific actions.
To read more about what the incredible work Ruaha does click on the link in our bio or visit https://www.tusk.org/projects/the-ruaha-carnivore-project/