COVID19 Conservation Mitigation Program

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Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” 

-Gary Snyder

Over the last few months our world has been exposed to a degree of difficulty that no one could have anticipated. Never before has the whole world been forced into a complete standstill, at least not in our lifetime. We have been forced to understand what scientists and medical professionals are yet to fully comprehend, to work separately in a world whose operations are founded on connectivity and integration, and to adapt to ever-changing conditions. Our industry, conservation, and tourism, has been one of the most adversely affected seeing as we rely on people’s physical movement and active presence to make due. United Nations Wildlife Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates losses in the hundreds of billions in international tourism in this year alone. This has forced us to confront two unavoidable questions, “How do we keep moving forward? And what is our contribution to the current crisis?”

As an organization, we have prided ourselves on protecting Kenya’s magnificent creatures, their critical habitat, and supporting the neighboring Maasai communities, south of Nairobi National Park. This dynamic has been ensured by our conservancy, cooperative community members, and guests that visit our centre all year round. With our financing coming from visitation, the future of the conservancy and cohesion between wildlife and the community hangs in the balance. That’s why we have devised The Wildlife Foundation’s Adopt-an-Acre as our resolve.

Adopt-a-Wildlife Acre Project Overview:

The Wildlife Foundation’s Adopt-a-Wildlife-Acre is a solution to the current crisis that is threatening our natural world and its environs. With 65% of Kenya’s wildlife on private and community land, and Nairobi National Park is the most sought after parcel, there has never been a greater need to protect our own than at this crucial period. Active threats like poaching, land fragmentation & development on key animal corridors, as well as animal hunting out of necessity have surged and we need your help to do what we do best, protect

How Does Adopting Wildlife Acres Work?

For the last two decades we have fairly compensated more than a dozen families who have retired their lands for wildlife conservation. Currently, we have 31 families leasing 2,200 acres of critical land at the southern part of Nairobi National Park. We make 3 yearly payments of $5 an acre in an effort to maintain a mutually beneficial solution for both humans and wildlife. This, coupled with our reactive community rangers, have led to a decline in human-wildlife conflict and rise in sustainable living & animal species in the region.

Zebras and community livestock grazing in Naretunoi Conservancy

Owing to Covid19, our operations’ budget has been slashed by a staggering 70% and this has put a real strain on our work. We understand that certain things take precedence at this time and that is why we’re looking more towards crowdfunding. That $1 dollar could make a real difference in our year’s operations and aid a family in dire need.

We hope that through our proposed budget we’ll not only be able to finance our work, but also support families within our reach. Yes, we do commit to giving back despite not having enough, because we genuinely believe we rise by lifting others.

Fundraising Goal: $50,000

The budget for the Adopt-a-Wildlife Acre will be distributed as follows:

  • 60% of the funds raised will go to the land-lease payments (maintaining the conservancy),
  • 30% will finance community rangers costs and operations on the ground to ensure there are continuous patrol and disbandment of active threats in the region
  • 10% will be allocated towards household provisions and other necessities for vulnerable families.

How you can help:

You can contribute a donation of your choosing through any acceptable medium of payment, be it one-time or recurrent, through the donation button at the bottom of this article. We have designed various incentives and appreciation gifts for  gift donation of any amount. Whether you gift a conservationist, wear the badge of honor yourself, or create a movement around it, we want you to know that your contribution is a part of something bigger.

For your donation;

  • Below $5 we will gift you an appreciation certificate.
  • Of $5 or more, you will get both a certificate and a symbolic land lease title in accordance with our purchasing rules of $5 an acre for a year.
  • Of $100 or more, you will get a certificate, a symbolic land lease title, and great discounts on your stay at TWF Centre. 
  • Of $300 or more you will get a certificate, a symbolic land lease title, firsthand experience of our conservation work in Naretunoi Conservancy;  guided safari walks, installation of predator deterrent lights, camera traps, community engagement and more.

The bigger the donation the more the credit and the value it provides. This is applicable to both individuals and institutions and the credit will be valid for 2 years.

Conclusion:

The work we do has a long-term impact on bio-diversity sustainability, and conservation of all life. You are not only contributing to the present but the future good. For that, we, our community, future generations, and existing wildlife, thank you. We hope that through this initiative we can bridge the gap created by the current crisis and employ tenable measures for the continuance of our mission, species and natural resources.

COMMUNITY RANGERS

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The Wildlife Foundation supports 8 community rangers in the Nairobi National Park Wildlife dispersal area. The rangers work in co-operation with the local communities, the area leadership, KWS rangers and the Kenya Police to come to the aid of local citizens, whenever wild animals become a threat and to stop wildlife poaching in the area.

These rangers are all drawn from the local community and provide valuable community support to conserve wildlife in the areas around the Nairobi National Park eco-system. The areas include Empakasi, Oloosirkon, Sholinke, Olooloitikoshi and Kitengela.

TWF Community Rangers in Manyani.

The programme is currently being funded in partnership with USAID and the rangers have attended the KWS training school at Manyani and are equipped with uniforms and vehicles which include Suzuki 4WD’s and motorcycles.