Saturday, February 21, 2015

AMARA JOINS ELEPHANT NEIGHBORS CENTER'S WALK FOR ELEPHANTS

  Amara Conservation joins forces with Elephant Neighbors Center
 
Jim Justus Nyamu let us know that he was planning a Walk for Elephants in Tsavo. He invited us to meet with him, and as we already work in all the areas he wanted to visit, we planned the route and assisted him with meeting all the necessary people.

Jim has been doing these walks in various places for a year now, including from Boston to NYC last year, and has a walked planned in California later this year. His goal is to gain more attention for the plight of elephants. Our partners Wildlife Works generously agreed to fund the fuel for our vehicle.

http://www.elephantneighborscenter.org/index.php
 
If Jim's actions can gain more attention for the importance of the work we do in communities, we are happy to support him. As it turns out, Jacob has become the spokesman while they walk through communities with a loudspeaker on top of the Classic Safaris vehicle.

Jim and he speak at stationary meetings. Jacob has been inspired to walk every step along with Jim, for conservation is his passion, not just his job! Peter Towett is working hard keeping the car going and keeping us informed of their progress. GO TEAM AMARA!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TSAVO JUMBOS FITTED WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS

 

Kenya: Tsavo Jumbos Fitted With GPS for Tracking
By Raphael Mwadime, The Star
February 18, 2015

THE Kenya Wildlife Service is collaring elephants in Tsavo for easy tracking to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Last Friday, KWS veterinarians, researchers, doctors and capture personnel fitted two elephants with GPS satellite collars at Rukinga Ranch in the Tsavo ecosystem at a cost Sh3 million.

KWS elephant programme coordinator Sospeter Kiambi said collaring will help in monitoring the movement of the animals around villages adjacent to the park.

"Apart from providing information on their movements, the gadgets will provide us with data for research on how elephants use the habitat," he said.

The tracking system will help KWS to design intervention measures to reduce human-wildlife conflict and monitor the animals to protect them from poachers.

"The collar battery will last for two years before it dies. We will be monitoring the animals from our KWS research offices in Nairobi and Voi stations. Only authorised personnel will be able to access the receivers," Kiambi said.

He said farmers will get information whenever the elephants move near their farms.

KWS has provided the farmers with two receivers and is planning to add 12 more for the farmers to inform officers where the animals are.

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