SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES THAT HELP ACT AS RURAL WILDLIFE CUSTODIANS
Effective conservation is unable to sustain its needs without rural community collaboration. Poaching and hunting robs from everyone. When the entire community benefits from conservation efforts and recognizes the value of protecting the ecosystem, enforcement becomes self-policing.
MAASAILAND PRESERVATION TRUST
Supporting the Mbirikani Group Ranch School Initiatives along with the Mbirikani Community Game Scouts for anti-poaching patrols and the Chyulu Black Rhino initiatives. After 20 years of sole operation, Maasailand Preservation Trust is merged with the well-respected Big Life Foundation, co-founded by conservationist Richard Bonham & photographer Nick Brandt. The programs work in hand with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to support the most important wildlife conservation and community initiative in the country.
Education and Wildlife Scholarship Programs
• Rural Community School building along the Kenya-Tanzania border
• Training & employment of 300 people from local Maasai communities for wildlife security
A contribution of US$ 800 sponsors a high school student for a full year
PREDATOR COMPENSATION FUND
About 20 years ago there roamed around 200,000 lions in Africa. Today, only an estimated 30,000 remain. In 2003, the lions of a 300,000-acre region near Mt Kilimanjaro were nearly extinct. Less than 10 were found alive. What happened? For Maasai herders, their cattle are their livelihood. When Lions kill livestock, rural farmers and Maasai tribesmen, people living in some of the most impoverished communities in the world, retaliated with hunting. Complete extinction of Kenya’s Lions was imminent. In response, the Predator Compensation Fund was started in 2003 to protect not only Lions but also Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and Jackals. Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with local communities, partner NGOs, national parks, and government agencies, the program seeks to protect and sustain East Africa’s wildlife and wild lands, including one of the greatest populations of elephants left in East Africa.
What we do:
• Building a Community Trust supported by eco-tourism and mutual benefit for wildlife protection
• Compensation to herders for a percentage of the market value of livestock loss
• Helping protect livestock through improved fencing and husbandry practices
• Mitigating the impact of wildlife interactions, such as crop-raiding by hungry elephants
Donations in any amount. If the Predator Compensation Fund runs out, there is no way to help provide support for these rural communities.
ANTI-POACHING UNITS AND GAME SCOUTS
In a single area such as the Chyulu Hills: More than 30 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 Land Cruiser patrol vehicles, tracker dogs, and 2 planes for aerial surveillance.
Urgent donations in any amount to help fund even the smallest part of this operation; provision of dog food for the canine unit program that aids our scouts in seeking out poachers in the wild.
CHILDREN IN THE WILDERNESS PROGRAM
CITW helps sustainable conservation by educating rural families on their natural heritage and inspiring them to become proactive custodians of these wildlife-rich areas in the future. Rural children also participate in special courses run throughout the year as part of the curriculum at our community schools to help expand their knowledge on environmental issues and conservation initiatives. More than 6,500 children have been participants. Our important initiatives include Community development and vocational diversification programs to reduce poverty and improve living conditions. Improvement of school infrastructure, clean water provision, provision of teaching materials, and supporting scholarship and child nutrition programs.
Rural Africa’s conservation requirements are enormous and in urgent need of money and logistical support. The Trust is therefore grateful for all donations received either for specific projects or those donated in general to be used wherever they are needed most.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Guided Safaris® guests visit beyond the fourth-wall perspective; not as tourists and passersby but as benefactors and real stakeholders in a humanitarian effort; A front-row, hands-on seat is offered on this important on-ground project watching daily stories unfold and contributions raised in the emergency funding required from each visit supporting the work at hand. Your journey here links to the destiny of these prized regions, helping directly fund not only the protection of these majestic animals but also sponsoring the rural communities at the actual forefront of the anti-poaching war.
For information on how you can donate to the immediate causes on ground, please get in touch with us. In addition to acting as donor, we can help arrange a private behind-the-scenes safari.