Human wildlife co-existence
Rhino Ark Fencing
As human populations grow, Africa’s precious mountain forest ecosystems come under increasing threat. Without work to protect them, some of Africa’s natural resources risk being lost forever.
Tofauti partner with Rhino Ark by taking part in their annual Rhino Charge off-road event. Funds raised by the event enable Rhino Ark to install and maintain vast lengths of electric fencing to protect crucial water catchment areas in mountain forest regions.
The construction of strategically placed fences has ensured that natural resources are secure, wildlife are safe from poaching and local communities are free from crop raiding – enabling humans and wildlife to co-exist peacefully.
Lack of access to education in rural Kenya denies generations of children the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their families.
Alongside our partners, Friends From Ireland, we worked with local people to build a nursery, primary and secondary school in a rural area within the Galana Conservancy.
Central to our work were three pillars:
working with – not for – the local people
embedding conservation at the heart of the school curriculum
ensuring that girls are given equal access to education as their male counterparts
By setting clear expectations of the local people we were able to create a sense of ownership and responsibility that have been crucial to the ongoing success and maintenance of the Galana school – embedding it at the centre of local life.
Local children – boys and girls – are now able to complete primary and secondary education – with enhanced job prospects and enhanced understanding of the natural habitat they live in and the wildlife they live alongside
Poaching is one of the greatest threats posed to Africa’s wildlife – getting on the front foot to stop poachers is key to securing the long term safety of some of Africa’s most precious and rare species.
ISAP – Intelligence Support Against Poaching – is a Namibian NGO focused on use of technology and intelligence-gathering to proactively tackle poaching.
We provided funding and worked alongside our partners Friends From Ireland and the ISAP team to start construction of a central HQ from where information can be disseminated and anti-poaching operations monitored and controlled.
With phase one of HQ construction now complete, the ISAP team are busy planning the next phase for 2019 with the aim of having the crucial operational centre ready for action very soon
Infrastructure and habitat
The challenges of running and maintaining a 65,000 acre conservancy are vast. Constant development and upkeep of key infrastructures are vital to keep the conservancy’s animal and human populations thriving. And efforts are constantly at the mercy of the changeable African weather – such as the 2018 flood that saw dams burst, roads, vehicles and buildings destroyed in the Galana Conservancy.
Following our 2018 Conservation Ball Tractor Pledge, we were able to provide a tractor to help the Galana Conservancy make crucial repairs, onward infrastructural developments and enable scouts to better patrol the area.
The 2018 flood didn’t just damage the landscape – it wiped out Galana’s only tractor. The provision of a new tractor has enabled dams to be re-dug, roads to be rebuilt and the conservancy team to get back on track. 2019 will see the tractor put to use in building over 85km of roads to demarcate the conservancy’s Northern and Eastern boundary – creating clarity for local people and enabling them to better co-exist alongside their neighbouring wildlife.
My journey to being a ranger
I started my educational journey at Galana Primary School in 2005. My father had been posted to work for the ADC, a government organisation adjacent to the Galana Wildlife Conservancy borders. At this time the school consisted of a few run-down shacks – but it was all that was available to children from normal backgrounds growing up in rural Kenya.
During my time as a pupil I was able to witness the transformation of our nursery, primary and secondary school through the work of Crista and the Friends from Ireland team. Seeing the school we attended every day develop into the impressive complex it is today gave me great pride and encouraged me to always give my best. The school catered for girls as well as boys and helped us to understand matters of conservation – not just basics like reading and maths.
When I completed secondary school in 2017 I was given the amazing opportunity to become a scout at the Galana Conservancy. I am now able to put my education to great use and to build on my passion for protecting the natural habitat we live in and the wildlife we live amongst.
In my school photograph, both myself (top left) and Evans Reuben (holding the ball) are now scouts – something we would never have imagined when we started out at the tiny, falling-down Galana Primary School.
We are a good team and we work hard alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service to protect the animals that we are lucky enough to have. My drive is to use my skills and experience to develop our community’s understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation and their role within it – and in doing so to help to prevent human-wildlife conflict in our region.