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Tlhokomela, Botswana’s endangered wildlife trust, to launch in the US in February

On 11th November 2015, Space for Giants and Botswana’s High Commissioner to the UK, hosted a launch party to celebrate Botswana joining the Giants Club, an elephant-protection initiative founded by Space for Giants; and to launch Tlhokomela, a Botswanan trust fund that aims to protect the country’s wildlife from potential extinction.

On the 11th February 2016, Explore Inc and De Beers Group are supporting the launch of the US arm of Tlhokomela in NY at a fundraising dinner in aid of Rhino Rescue Botswana. Tshekedi Khama of the Ministry of Environment in Botswana will be in attendance. The goal? to engage and educate a discerning audience about the work being done and the enormous resources required to effectively win the fight for African wilderness, and provide a permanent refuge for rhino in Botswana. All contributions are being made through The Giants Club, which has a played a strategic role in launching Tlhokomela in the UK and continues to support the trust. For dinner tickets please contact cherri@exploreafrica.net

A Look Back at 2015

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SPACE FOR GIANTS CHARGES INTO THE NEW YEAR!

A QUICK LOOK BACK AT SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2015

FRONTLINE PROTECTION

  • Established a Pan-African Conservation Forum, The Giants Club, with the Presidents of Botswana, Gabon, Kenya and Uganda as founding members. Supported Kenya to join the EPI (Elephant Protection Initiative)
  • Trained the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Rapid Response Team and secured government support for a new 13 man mobile response team in West Laikipia
  • Supported the Kenyan Government and the UNODC to develop and disseminate a Rapid Reference Guide for managing wildlife crime
  • A reduction in the Illegal killing of elephants in Laikipia compared to 2012 levels
  • Undertook frontline protection assessments for Uganda and Ethiopia

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Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Laikipia County 2012-2030

Published Data October 2012

Author(s) Dr Max Graham

Laikipia County is one of East Africa’s most important areas for wildlife conservation for several reasons. First, Laikipia contains higher populations of large mammals than any protected or unprotected landscape in Kenya, outside of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Secondly Laikipia is rich in biodiversity with over ninety-five species of mammals, 540 species of birds, over 700 species of plants and almost 1000 species of invertebrates already identified. However it is perhaps Laikipia’s assemblage of large, globally threatened mammals that makes it particularly unique from a biodiversity perspective. Laikipia contains half of Kenya’s black rhinos, the country’s second largest population of elephants, Kenya’s third largest and only stable population of lions, the world’s sixth largest population of African wild dogs, a large proportion of the world’s remaining Grevy’z zebras, perhaps as many as two thirds of the world’s remaining Reticulated Giraffe, a globally significant population of cheetah, Kenya’s largest population of patas monkeys and a unique race of hartebeest. Laikipia is arguably, therefore, one of the last viable refuges for large terrestrial mammals in East Africa. Third, wildlife in Laikipia is generating significant benefits. In 2009 the wildlife sector generated an estimated $US 20,500,000 in tourism revenue, directly supporting 6,500 people. The wildlife sector raised a further $3,500,000 for social development projects such as education, healthcare, infrastructure development, security and livelihood support and $5,000,000 for wildlife conservation. Fourth, Laikipia is at the cutting edge of community conservation. It is here that the world’s first and perhaps most famous community-owned and managed wildlife lodge was created, “Ilngwezi”. There have been many further community owned conservation initiatives since, largely with the support of two local membership-based conservation organisations, the Laikipia Wildlife Forum and the Northern Rangelands Trust. These organisations are creating capacity among local people to manage and benefit from wildlife in a way that is innovative and possibly, unique, in East Africa. Lastly Laikipia is a global hub of learning on the relationship between people and wildlife in shared landscapes. There is perhaps nowhere else where the challenges and opportunities for wildlife conservation, outside of protected areas, are better understood.

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