The long awaited day for both schools within the conservancy came on 24th and 27th September when all the requirements needed for a Wildlife club member was met by Kiboko and Mbogo primary pupils with moral and financial support from Soysambu conservancy and friends. The tour was objectively for the pupils to appreciate the diversity of wildlife in the neighborhood as the ecosystem is similar to that of Soysambu Conservancy. The difference is the diverse wildlife and the management of a national park.
At the end of the visit, the young Conservationists were grateful as they had sported a good number of Wild animals and visited various picnic sites.The summary of their day was as below;
Kiboko School ready for the trip
Mbogo School ready for the trip
Help her keep the Environment clean.
At Makalia Falls
Education and Awareness Desk
With increase in global warming, pollution and increase human encroachment on key water shed points and areas means that most rivers will completely dry or greatly reduce in volume if urgent measures are not taken.
Mbaruk-Ngorika water springs, locally known by community as Chamuka dam is among those key water source that is under threat from human encroachment. Soysambu conservancy took the initiative to avert the situation and conducted environmental awareness to the said community and oversees the uprooting of eucalyptus trees around the source which were replaced by 1000 indigenous trees donated by Prince Sadruddin Agha Khan Fund for Environment through Africa Forest courtesy of Soysambu Conservancy. The exercise that took place on 29th June 2013 was also witnessed by MBAWRUA (Mbaruk Water Resource Users Association)
The follow up on 7th July 2013 indeed confirmed the endless effort to conserve the environment, the seedlings were thriving very well and the community had taken full responsibility on protecting them. Below happy community members standing along the river channel where we planted the seedlings.
Happy community and Soysambu staff
Speaking for the animals is more than a call than a career, that is why Soysambu Conservancy staff in collaboration with BORNFREE FOUNDATION dedicated ten days for Desnaring and community outreach through video shows on the reasons as to why we should conserve Wildlife.
The schools that was reached with the conservation gospel were; Kiungururia Primary, Pema high School, Nderit high school, kong’asis Primary, Oljorai Primary and Rhino primary.
Video show at Kong’asis primary school.
Video show at Oljorai primary school.
Three days from 13th April to 17th April were dedicated to remove the snares and collect wires in the conservancy. With volunteers, Born Free Foundation and Kenya Wildlife Service rangers we managed to patrol the areas around Kiungururia and Booster, Punda Milia, Congreve area and Oljorai.
A three days awareness creation on the importance of conservation the animals and the impacts of bush meat trade through video shows to the local communities and talks.We managed to recover 226 snares from Kiungururia,Mwariki,Congreve, punda milia and along the booster area in the three days activity. The poachers put the snares in groups along the animal trails. Most of the snares are indiscriminative as they target any animals.
Video shows were not conducted as expected due to heavy rains in the targeted areas; however we managed to talk to some people at Kiungururia on the issue and created awareness.
A lot of awareness is needed to the local communities; however this cannot be achieved by one organization alone. We spotted many intentional snares where wires were gathered to do the activity.
More desnaring activities will be done on June.
Saturday May 25th 2013,marked the wet counts season for Soysambu conservancy limited. With over 20 participants drown from various stakeholders and local communities and the entire Soysambu conservancy,nine thousand,six hundred and thirty animals were counted(9630 animals) Zebras recorded the highest numbers with an increase of41% compared to last year of 12% Zebras, Impalas and Thompson’s gazelle topped the list; most of animals recorded a decrease. However the population of the endangered Rothschild giraffe increased from the previous 80 to 140, 57 %increase over the last 8months most of giraffes were young ones. Waterbucks,warthogs,grant gazelles and jackals recorded an increase. Few primates were recorded with baboons having the highest numbers. No Columbus monkey was spotted though they exist. Small mammals recorded low numbers as a result of weather conditions in the morning.
We wish to appreciate the great support granted by all the volunteers. We can’t forget the great support from all the lodges, Mbweha camp,sleeping warrior lodge among other volunteers.
It was great hosting the group for three nights as from 10th Jan to 13th comprising of Eight students, two instructors (Guy Combes and Ryan) and two drivers .While at Soysambu the group went for game drives and did school visit to Kiboko primary School where they donated stationary (Exercise Books, Pencils, Crayons and clipboards.)At the end of their stay the group was very grateful for the friendly environment and diverse Wildlife.
George mason 2013 group
Community Education and Awareness Desk
By; Beaty Limo.
Saturday 6th marked the dry counts season for Soysambu conservancy limited. With over 30 participants drown from various stakeholders and local communities and the entire Soysambu conservancy, nine thousand, four hundred and twenty one animals were recorded. (9421animals) though the morning was misty the activity was carried out successfully. The aerial census was also done. Zebras recorded the highest numbers with an increase of 12%. Zebras, Impalas and Thompson’s gazelle topped the list; most of animals recorded a decrease. However the population of the endangered Rothschild giraffe increased from the previous 71 to 80/recording a 12%increase over the last 5months. Buffaloes and impalas recorded a decrease of 31%decrease. The Colombus and the Sykes monkey were sighted along the river. Small mammals recorded low numbers as a result of weather conditions in the morning.
We wish to appreciate the great support granted by all the volunteers. Special attributes are paid Lady Ann Delamere for organizing the aerial counts. We can’t forget the great support from all the lodges, Mbweha camp, sunbird lodge among other volunteers. To Kenya wildlife service we say thanks for the security you granted in the entire count period.
Mbogo and Kiboko primary schools of Soysambu Conservancy Kenya had a reason to smile again today on the kickoff of the lunch provision, this will increase the pupil’s class concentration and hence academic improvement.
Thanks to the donors who tirelessly support the African Children and community.
Kiboko Children being served porridge .
Serving the upper primary pupils
Cooks well energy Saving jikos group did a demonstration at Soysambu Conservancy yesterday to women from the 13 Communities that surrounds the Conservancy. The turn up was great, forty women were present, the objective of the project was to educate women on the use of energy Saving jikos and the use of barrel kiln to carbonize sustainably pruned and harvested twigs and branches hence encourage sustainable use of fuel wood. The Ceremony was led by Mr.Kinyanjui from the Cooks well Energy Saving Jikos and Graced by Lord and Lady Delamere. Among the hosts were the Managing Director Delamere Estate, CEO Soysambu Conservancy and the Community Education and Awareness Officer.
The group sales diverse jikos types among them are;
I. 3 Level oven
II. Mini oven
III. 6 Burner Energy Saving BBQ Jikos.
IV. The Newest Cooks well Space Heater-The ode to Mr. Toad.
You are also invited to join the cooks well customers by purchasing a jiko(s) at an affordable price. For costs Google Cooks well energy saving Jikos.
Community Education and Awareness Desk.
Education Section;By Mr.Kinyanjui.
The various types of Jikos
The Kenya Wildlife Service on Saturday, September 15, 2012 hosted the 8th edition of Cycle with the Rhino event at Lake Nakuru National Park.
Cycle with the Rhino is an annual unique cycling fund-raising competition initiated by KWS whose main aim is to rehabilitate the 74km Lake Nakuru National Park perimeter electric fence which is key in mitigating human-wildlife conflict, providing a secure rhino breeding sanctuary and protecting Lake Nakuru National Park – an internationally renowned bird’s watcher’s paradise famous for its flamingos.
Proceeds from the event also go towards community conservation education and the implementation of community social responsibility projects initiated by KWS for communities living around the park.
The Guest of Honour at the event was the German Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Mrs. Margit Hell Wig-Botte. Others to grace the event were the KWS Director, Julius Kipng’etich and two-time world marathon record holder, Amb. Dr. Tecla Loroupe.
The event brought together stakeholders, sponsors, communities living around the park and the general public through a unique and thrilling cycling competition as they cycled through the dusty hills and valleys, crisscrossing the heart of Nakuru town and its environs before culminating in a lifetime experience of a tour and adventure of Lake Nakuru National Park.
THE DAY’S CHAMPIONS WERE;
1. Davis Kinuthia
2. Husein Manfred
3. Paul Ariko
1. Fredrick Musiani
2. Dominic Ooko Ouna
3. George Mwangi
1. Keneth Kamau
2. Anthony Kiarie
3. Keneth Kamau
1. Peter Gathere
2. Jarsey Ngugi
3. Keneth karaya
1. Brian Wardrose
2. Mbuthia Peter
3. James Kimani
Community Education and Awareness Desk.
8th edition cycle with the Rhino champions.