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 Securing the Future for Wildlife in Lamu - 6/21/2016
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Saving precious parcels of land before they are lost forever is extremely important for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust,  and we are  privileged to be the custodians of a corner of Kenya that is home to some of the greatest biodiversity on the African continent.  The Trust together with the local community-run Lamu Conservation Trust provide the means to protect and manage Amu Ranch, along with Witu Livestock Ranch and Witu Forest.  These parcels encompass over 120,000 acres of pristine wildlife habitat, ancient coastal forest, and spectacular wetlands.  It is home to elephants, many hundreds of buffalo, zebra, eland, reticulated giraffe, coastal topi, oribi, suni, duikers, including the endangered Aders duiker, warthogs, lions, leopards and numerous other species. It is quite simply a garden of Eden.

Coastal Topi and Zebra in the wetlands of Lamu  Hundreds of Zebra and Coastal Topi fill the wetlands

Ruppell's vultures follow the massive herds of wildlife  Herds of 20 Eland or more migrate to Amu during the rains

 

Working in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) the Trust has funded the Lamu Conservation Trust to manage and protect this extraordinary place, funding and supporting 50 rangers trained through the KWS Manyani Ranger Academy to patrol and protect the area. Supported by four patrol vehicles, 300km of road networks to monitor the area have been created with tractors and a mower to ensure that these roads are graded regularly and are passable throughout the year. We have built barracks to accommodate not only Amu’s rangers, but KWS rangers too, so that together these men can ensure that no illegal encroachment takes place, no illegal logging and no poaching.

The rain has brought new life and an abundance of flowers  Flowers sprouting in previously dry land

Herds of zebra walking the plains  Near-threatened Coastal Topis can be found from the north of Amu right to the south

 

This initiative has enjoyed enormous support from the people of Lamu, along with the county Government, and is one of a number of Saving Habitat Projects the Trust undertakes, working to empower communities to sustainably manage and support their priceless conservation heritage, instilling a pride and passion to conserve vast tracts of the natural world and all that it supports for future generations; it is these coastal forests that lure the rain from the sea and that ultimately provide food security for much of the country.   

   

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