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MAASAI MARA POISON ATTACK.


A few days ago 8 Lions were poisoned at the Maasai Mara National Reserve . The Lions fed on Cow carcass poisoned with a highly toxic Carbamate Pesticide.  Two Lions succumbed to the poisoning and the rest said to be recovering. 

Watching the news yesterday two men were arrested and my prayer is they will not be punished lightly . May they serve as an example to the rest. This is not the first time we have heard the Maasai killing these Lions, with some hunting them down. What is sad this time round it was not the Lions that were attacking their cattles or the locals themselves. It is the Locals that have been grazing their cattles on the reserve land.

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One of the Poisoned Lions and the endangered White back vulture . Photo Courtesy of National Geographic (photo by L.Sankai)

Yes people are aware of what is happening around  through various networks including the news,but I strongly believe awareness should not only be on social media but especially on the grass root level to that Local Man that doesn’t know the Importance of these wildlifes, forest and the importance of preserving Nature. These Locals that have no access to Electronic and print  Media.

What is Sad now the Vultures are dying as well from this poisoning.  As long as the Locals are not involved in this fight then all this is in vain. Because it is them that are wooed to poaching and killing as well . More Locals should be involved by working hand in hand with the Rangers as well as educating the rest.

My heart weeps every day and sorry for our grandchildren and future generations. What makes Africa? It is our Wildlife, Nature, Cultures, natural resources that makes us,that is our Identity . But if we keep destroying what we have then we are nothing. One day our Children will get to read and see pictures that their were once Elephants, Lions, Forests in Africa…………

 

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SIX ELEPHANTS MASSACRED IN THE NAME OF IVORY TRADE.


Photo Courtesy of ElephantsDC

Photo Courtesy of ElephantsDC

My heart bleeds and gutted not just to think but write about this despicable act that left six Elephants Dead at the Tsavo West National Park last week. We are no longer talking about will be extinct but are going extinct at a rate of one every 14 Minutes. The Kenya Wildlife Service discovered this family of Elephants slain by Poachers and one sole survivor a tuskless baby Elephant. Losoito was rescued by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust but sadly the little one  died on August the  2nd . Losoito died of the Trauma of seeing his family brutally butchered and killed.His death brought the toll of the deadly massacre of Elephants to six killed in the name of Ivory Trade.

Big Life Foundation rangers tracked down the culprits , their Dog Didi and others from KWS led the rangers straight to a pair of shoes that matched the tracks they had been following, and it wasn’t long before the teams found two axes and a saw, still wet with blood. Thanks to the Local Community three suspects were Identified and arrested but the Ivory was already gone transported by motorbikes.

I leave this short but beautiful story of an Elephant whose photo was taken by John Chaney.They came across this Elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and Jackals. From a distance an Elephant came at a fast pace and chased away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephants tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend.If a wild animal can have this much empathy for another and a sense of protection why are we Humans who are intelligent with a sense of reason be so merciless and Heartless?

I want to acknowledge and give a special Thanks to Kenya Wildlife Service , Big Life foundation for making sure they caught the Culprits and also The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who took Losoito received him with love and care before he passed on.

With President Obama’s visit to Kenya and his promise to ban virtually “all” ivory sales across state lines. We hope other Countries will join through to fight Ivory trade and ban all imports on Ivory products as well.As long as there is ivory demand in America and China, elephants will continue to be killed in Africa. Help Ban Ivory Sales.

 

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LUPITA NYONG’O GLOBAL ELEPHANT AMBASSADOR.


WildAid having Lupita Nyong’o as the Global Elephant Ambassador is a very good decision. No one fits best than someone coming from a Country that is fighting poaching and I believe she will do an amazing Job to fight Ivory Trade and save Elephants as well not only in Kenya but Africa at large.

But as Kenyans and Africans in our own Countries we can do something and not wait for Ambassadors like Lupita to do the fighting for us or organisations but do something about it. You can not understand what is going on only through the Media or how Important these Animals are without actually being able to visit and see them. Its such a shame that Tourists fly all the way to Africa while we have the privilege to see these beautiful Animals at a cheap fee. The park fees that we pay help in conservation of these animals, employ more Rangers and equipments for protection and pay their salaries as well. So we need to visit these parks as often as possible that way we are doing so much in such a small way. 

Photo Courtesy of Google.

Photo Courtesy of Google.

Catching Poachers is certainly Important but that doesn’t address the underlying problems that drive Poaching. 90% of the battle will be won if the Locals are Engaged more. They see and hear more and strategies should be put to ensure that they have a change in attitude,engage them more with the Rangers because they are the people most likely to be exposed and tempted towards engaging in poaching activities.

But as we the local people fight more in our countries then we can leave the work of the Ambassadors and Wildlife Organisations in Educating and creating Public awareness both in Africa and Asia where the demand for Ivory originates.By this we do not let others do the fighting for us but do something as well.

 

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HELP SAVE THE RHINOS AND ELEPHANTS OUT THERE.


I just came across this video on youtube and I couldn’t hold back my tears watching it. Coming from a country where Elephants are killed each day and nothing much is done about it is not only sad, despicable but cruel to these animals.

It breaks my heart each day knowing that this continue to happens, poachers getting away easily and we losing these endangered animals each day. I believe we can do something to help save our Rhinos and Elephants that have no voice for themselves. I just signed this petition to help save the Rhinos and also share it on my Blog as well. Sign the petition share it and lets fight together and save these animals. http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rhinos/

Video Credit: Kruger National Park

 

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