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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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10,000 mangrove trees replanting exercise kicks off

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

Published 21 March 2018. 

An exercise to plant more than 10,000 trees in Mombasa officially kicked off on Wednesday.

The exercise being run by bigship CBO a conservation community-based organization based in Jomvu sub-county kicked off to coincide with the World international Forest day.

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Centre provides refuge to chimpanzees after their rescue

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

Published 14 March 2018

Poco, a 38-year-old chimpanzee at a conservancy in Laikipia County, is bubbly. He can stand, walk and even strut with a bipedal swagger just like a human being.

And just like 35 other apes being hosted at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Poco is a refugee. He is a victim of illegal wildlife trade. Poco is learning to live a life in the wild once again.

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Mountain tranquility

By Evelyn Makena, Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellow, in People Daily 

Published 10 March 2018

Arriving in Naro Moru River Lodge in Nyeri county on a Friday evening instantly lifts the spirits. Green canopies rest above graceful walkways lined with mature exotic and indigenous trees. There are rows of shrubberies along winding paths towards a gentle hillside covered with flower blossoms of white, pink, purple, red and yellow.

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Saving Kenya’s mountain bongos from extinction

By Evelyn Makena, Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellow, in People Daily 

Published 6 March 2018

With their distinct long wavy horns and attractive chestnut brown fur that bears large white stripes, mountain bongos are considered to be the most beautiful antelopes.

The antelopes sub-species found in dense mountain forests are threatened due to illegal hunting, logging, disease and loss of habitat, rendering them a critically endangered species.

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Craftsman goes green with leather

By Evelyn Makena, Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellow, in People Daily 

Published 27 February 2018

Intricately designed accessories on display in an exhibition stand in Nairobi portray craftsmanship infused with an African touch.

Decorated with images of the big five, the Kenyan flag and beautiful landscapes, the handcrafted leather products are a true celebration of Kenyan beauty. Jacob Mwangi, proprietor, Palm Prints African Artifacts, has gone beyond just churning out aesthetically appealing leather products, but also taken a step towards environmental sustainability.

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