Wildlife and Habitat Conservation
Accurate scientific data provides critical components to understanding wildlife ecology and this lays the foundation for informed scientific inference and conservation action. Research is therefore a critical pillar in conservation as it sets the basis for monitoring and evaluation of factors affecting species within an ecosystem.
Our conservation work, which is informed by research, takes action in addressing eminent threats facing lions, other large carnivores and the entire ecosystems. We are using cutting-edge technology by using collars and camera traps for example, and this assists in human-wildlife conflict monitoring purposes through geofencing and the early warning alert system.
Alongside our research and conservation efforts we also strive to instil knowledge and a sense of appreciation for the environment, nature and wildlife among the school children and community members. We run a comprehensive education and outreach programme in schools and communities surrounding wildlife areas in which we work. Through our programmes we also ensure that the school children and local communities enjoy and experience wildlife first hand and that they develop an understanding of the conservation issues and the role that they can play in conservation.
Conflict between humans and wildlife presents serious social and economic challenges for people living adjacent to wildlife areas. We are working closely with communities to provide socio-economic empowerment to these underprivileged communities that bear the costs of living alongside wildlife. These marginalised and poor communities lose their livestock to large carnivores especially lions and hyenas which leads to the retaliatory killing of these carnivores. As a way of mitigating this conflict we are providing mobile bomas which are effective in preventing livestock loss. The traditional kraals made of timber poles are weak and predators can see inside the kraal and can either get into the kraal or scare the livestock which are then killed when they break out of the kraal in panic. Mobile bomas are made of canvas material and have zero-visibility which prevents predators from seeing the livestock and would therefore not attack. The bomas when placed in the fields losen the soil and the dung from the livestock increase soil fertility which would result in increased yields and improved livelihoods. A win-win for both humans and wildlife.
The success and sustainability of conservation efforts rests on the involvement of local communities in conservation efforts. Our approach involves recruiting young men and women from the surrounding communities and train them on the skills needed to effectively mitigate conflicts between people and wildlife. We also train them on monitoring of lion and other wildlife populations and in the use of tracking equipment and GPS devices. The guardians act as the bridging gap between our projects and the communities
and they help their communities to live better with wildlife. The Community Guardians are involved in notifying communities about the presence of wild animals especially carnivores in the area. They also help chase wild animals away from communities back into Protected Areas. Our guardians are also involved in the reinforcement of the traditional livestock bomas and building of mobile bomas..