During the first three months of 2020, the SWT carried out wildlife field trips into Tsavo East and West National Parks for school children, donated hardwood desks to a school bordering the protected area and assisted farmers in the maintenance of their beehive fencelines.
This quarter, the Sheldrick Trust carried out 10 Wildlife Field Trips, which provide an opportunity for children from schools bordering Tsavo East and West National Parks, the opportunity to learn about Kenya's flora and fauna. All 10 of the field trips conducted by the SWT Community Officer in the first three-months of the year were with children from communities neighbouring the Tsavo West ecosystem.
Through the months of February and March, the SWT worked with bee farmers to ensure that the hives on their fencelines, installed by the Trust, remain healthy. The regular maintenance of the hives helps ensure that they remain an effective deterrent to elephants, thus reducing incidents of human-elephant conflict (read more about our beehive fencelines). Additionally, in February, the SWT donated 30 desks to Mtito Andei D/Boarding and Rehabilitation Centre: The desks are constructed by the Trust using hardword tops and metal legs, to ensure their durability over time and, importantly, offering school children a more suitable working space for their education.