Wildlife

 

Samburu Protecting Their Wildlife

The solution is community empowerment.

 
 

The Samburu have always lived in harmony with wildlife, but in recent years the competition for land, demand for animal products and abject poverty have all led to increasing conflict between the long-time partners.
The Trust works with Samburu elders, the wildlife authorities and many others to try to restore that partnership.
We fund a team of Warrior Scouts who empower the community to stop poaching themselves. We educate the children at our schools and build reservoirs for both people and wildlife.
It’s an uphill struggle but an essential one that like all our other projects must be addressed in conjunction with our other initiatives.

 

Waso Chapters – Wildlife
Blog posts on our wildlife project:
 
 
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Ch. 36: The Elephant Graveyard

The Waso corridor stretches from Kirimon to Kipsing. Right in the middle of this vast land there is a rock formation called Tali, behind it lies an important path in which migration elephants pass. Difficult terrain and thick bush has in the last 9 months made this a ‘poaching hotspot’ – we are doing all […]

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Ch. 33: Locals defend poached elephant in gunfight
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CH.30: A FORMER POACHER’S MESSAGE

Please look at our glossary of Samburu words to the right for definitions of Samburu terms and click back through previous Chapters (below right) to understand more about the Samburu. It started with reports of gunshots from across the river. A huge male elephant shot in the eye. This was the first of eleven elephant […]

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CH.27: END THE IVORY MARKET + COLIN’S INTERESTING ELEPHANT STORY

We sadly start 2013 with bad news. At the beginning of January a whole family of elephant were killed in Kenya’s Tsavo national park. Last year close to 400 Elephant were poached in Kenya alone, with the total number of African Elephants now soaring into the tens of thousands annually. Part of the dead family […]

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CH.26: SALANGO – OPEN WATER RESERVOIRS

Walking across the open plains of Kirimon the vast expanse stretches off into haze, undercutting the hills to the north and making them levitate in the heat on the horizon. 1.a moran on the savannah of the laikipia plateau This beautiful savannah lies on the edge of the Laikipia plateau in Samburuland, and a dramatic […]

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CH.17: THE IVORY BONFIRE

This week we are happy to be able to share a guest post from Kenya Wildlife Service honorary warden Colin Francombe. Colin has been living in Northern Kenya for 50 years and is a devoted conservationist. His knowledge of the Samburu and their ecosystem is encyclopaedic and he is highly respected amongst the Samburu as […]

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CH.13: ELEPHANT POACHING 2

Three weeks ago we told the story of a poached elephant and a little about the devastating rise in ivory trade. This week we tell you the fate of the mother’s missing orphan. A couple of weeks had passed since we lost the trace of the orphan. There had been one small shower, not enough […]

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CH.10: ELEPHANT POACHING 1

1. two bullets on a poached Elephant’s skin, one unspent round used as an example provided by a KWS ranger for the photo and one recovered from the Elephant in autopsy This is a personal account of an Elephant that was poached while I was living with Talis in Waso, and the search for her […]

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CH.5: NOSOKONI’S ELY ATTACK

Nosokoni was a little girl that was attacked by an elephant while collecting firewood. This is the story of her ordeal and recovery as described by Julia Francombe, the founder of the Samburu Trust. This story was originally written by artist Annie Tempest, and has now been re-edited for the Waso Chapters. Julia grew up […]