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Ecofriendly bush camp

By Evelyne Makena, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, People Daily.

Published 15 May 2018.

In the southern reaches of Laikipia County, along the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River and within the pristine expanse of 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta conservancy, there is a small, unassuming tented camp.

A cluster of desert brown tents tucked within green bushes of acacia trees and surrounded with vast savannah make up Ol Pejeta Bush Camp.

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Conservation message too complex for Kenyan youth

By Evelyn Makena, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, People Daily.

Published 1 April 2018.

A camera follows Omar Ibrahim through a winding alley lined with shanty structures. The neighbourhood, which bears broken sewer lines, heaps of garbage and a murky river flowing through it, is the only home Omar has known his entire life.

“When I was little, I used to swim. It’s not something our parents allowed us to do. But we would sneak out and go swimming,” says Omar referring to the once clean river in Kibera that now chokes with waste.

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Conservationist uses NASA algorithm technology to track endangered whale sharks in South Coast, Kenya

By Janet Murikira, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, Baraka FM.

Published 3 May 2018.

Kwale,KENYA: A whale shark philanthropist in Diani has adopted the worldwide used NASA algorithm like technology to help in tracking Whale sharks spotted along the Kenyan coast.

Whale shark patterns are unique to each and every creature just like fingerprints.

According to Mr. Volker Bassen the founder of the East Africa whale shark trust, the technology involves photos of the whale shark being uploaded on a website Whaleshark.org which has a software similar to NASA’s star constellations that helps to identify if the whale shark was spotted somewhere else.

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Revealed: How rogue KFS staff stole millions in timber deals

By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, The Standard.

Published 6 May 2018.

Deep-rooted corrupt practices and lack of accountability has cost the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) millions of shillings in revenue, a new report has revealed. The report by the task force formed to investigate state of forests in the country, says KFS has failed in its mandate of restoring degraded forest areas in water towers, leading to huge losses and theft of revenue.

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Canine evidence hitch in poaching cases

By Collins Omulo, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, D.

Published 1 May 2018

In a boot camp deep inside a local game reserve, an elite squad of four sniffer dogs are being trained for combat duty against cross-border wildlife poaching.

Rising incidents of wildlife poaching, especially for game meat and wildlife trophies, have forced a number of game reserves, conservancies and even border exit points to beef up security.

Pangolins, wild mammals popularly known as scaly ant eaters, are famous for their long sticky tongues that they use to trap and eat ants and termites. They are heavily trafficked for their scales.

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Fighting climate change through tree planting

By Collins Omulo, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, Daily Nation.

Published 1 May 2018.

Peter Kimemia is busy preparing tree stumps to make charcoal a few metres from Njabini Shopping Centre in South Kinangop, Nyandarua County, undeterred by the biting cold.

Overlooking his cluster of tree stumps is a forlorn Aberdares range, reeling from the excessive felling of trees.

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Kenya among key hubs of illegal trade of pangolin scales

By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, The Standard.

Published 3 April 2018

Kenya is among the hot spots for illegal trade in the critically endangered pangolins.

Pangolins, wild mammals popularly known as scaly ant eaters, are famous for their long sticky tongues that they use to trap and eat ants and termites. They are heavily trafficked for their scales.

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