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Success!

Our good friend and active contributor to MWCT, Kristin, brought this interesting article to our attention, and now we’d like to share it with you. It highlights the serious challenges facing crucial wildlife corridors in Tanzania and Kenya as a result of drought, rampant poaching a poisoning of large carnivores. The article highlights the rapidly declining lion populations in Kenya and throughout Africa, and exemplifies the urgent need and successes of predator compensation programs, such as MWCT’s Simba Project, which has proven to be one of our most successful endeavors. Since its implementation in 2006, we have witnessed the lion population within Kuku Group Ranch (neighboring Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks) increase from an estimate 20 lions to well over 50. We’re very proud to be part of what the author refers to as “better news” in the Chyulu Hills, and we’re working hard to ensure the continuation of the Simba Project, and the protection of the local environment. We look forward to hearing your comments on this article, and hope that it brings attention to the very real, serious environmental challenges that face Kenya’s land and wildlife.

Check out the article at the link below…..

African Safaris: Bleak News From the Bush

we look forward to your comments!

one of the lions who are regularly seen around MWCT headquarters

Emerald Data Solutions Launches “Computers for Students Kenya” Program with Donation to MWCT

Emerald Data Solutions, developer of the BoardDocs paperless governance solution, recently announced the launch of its Computers for Students Kenya program with a generous donation of student laptops and educational software to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.  Computers for Students Kenya, founded by Emerald Data Solutions President Ari Ioannides, was created to improve student education in Kenya.

 

“The goal of our partnership with Emerald Data Solutions is to provide Maasai students with advanced knowledge, precisely to enable them to protect their wilderness, wildlife and cultural heritages,” said Luca Belpietro, MWCT Executive Director.

Emerald Data Solutions will donate 20 computers to MWCT this month, and the computers will be used by students at Kanzi Academy and Kanzi-Iltilal Primary School.  This donation will allow many students on Kuku Group Ranch to use a computer for the first time.

Plans are already underway to incorporate computers into the school curriculum as soon as possible, beginning with a computer-based course on gender and sexuality issues developed by AMREF.  MWCT is very excited about this donation, and we hope to incorporate additional educational technology into Kuku Group Ranch classrooms soon.

Only two days away from NY Marathon

Get updates, and a chance to win cool prizes, by following Edward Norton on Twitter.  We’ve raised more than half a million U.S. dollars so far, but it’s not too late to donate.  Click here to sponsor one of our runners.  PUMA is also offering a Maasai Marathon commemorative t-shirt in two cool designs, and half the proceeds go to MWCT.  Also check out these Garmin maps of Edward’s training.  Best of luck to all the runners!

Huffington Post article about Maasai Marathon

Check out this Huffington Post article about Maasai Marathon!

Three Maasai prepare to run NY Marathon

 This Tuesday, three Maasai from Kuku Group Ranch left Kenya for the United States.  Why?  After months of training, Parashi Ntanin, Martin Sunte, and Samson Parashina are only about a week away from running in the New York City Marathon!  These three Maasai runners are part of a large team, which also includes actor Edward Norton and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust founder and Executive Director Luca Belpietro, that will run 26.2 miles to raise money for MWCT. 

So far, the runners have raised more than US$360,000.  Can you help us raise more?  Please sponsor one of our runners!  To learn more, visit the Maasai Marathon website or follow Edward Norton’s training on Twitter.  We will post more updates as the marathon continues to approach.

MWCT rescues lost young elephant

That’s right, we have some exciting news to report!  Yesterday, a Kuku Group Ranch community member informed the MWCT office that a young elephant was wandering around lost, separated from his mother and the rest of the heard.  Under the leadership of MWCT Game Scout Coordinator Muterian Ntanin and Radio Operator Joshua Nkapai, more than 10 community volunteers quickly responded and transported the 2-year-old elephant by truck to a nearby airstrip, where they were met by a plane and wildlife professionals sent by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  The elephant will be cared for in Nairobi until it can be returned to the wild.  Check out some photos below of this incredible rescue operation!

Volunteers work to secure the elephant’s legs for transport.

 

MWCT Simba Scout Leiyan ole Rimpa checks on the elephant and covers its eyes to make it less afraid.

A Sheldrick Wildlife Trust employee gives the elephant milk at the airstrip.

Joshua (in red) and Muterian (to Joshua’s right) help load the elephant into the airplane.

MWCT compensates Ksh 1.2 million for livestock predation incidents

Last Friday, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust’s Simba Project paid Ksh1.2 million (about US$16,000) to nearly 500 Maasai whose livestock were killed by predators between July and September 2009.  The payout took place after no predators were killed by Kuku Group Ranch residents during the third quarter.

The Simba Project is designed to reduce human-wildlife conflict on Kuku Group Ranch.  MWCT compensates livestock owners quarterly when their cows, sheep, goats, or donkeys are killed by predators such as lions, hyenas, and baboons.  The payouts only occur, however, provided that no predators are killed in retaliation for livestock loss during the quarter.

Nosero, one of the lions on Kuku Group Ranch that the Simba Project helps to protect.

“Simba Project is very important for the whole community because everyone benefits,” says Simba Project coordinator Jacob Ntete.  “It teaches us the importance of conserving lions and other wild animals.  It teaches the community the importance of preserving habitat and the whole environment.  Now that the moran [Maasai warriors] know that Simba Project can compensate their livestock, they don’t want to kill lions anymore.”

When livestock predation occurs on Kuku Group Ranch, livestock owners report their losses to MWCT Game Scouts.  Verification officers from the MWCT office then visit the location of each reported incident, where they determine the number and species of livestock lost, the cause of the loss, and the type of predator.

Simba Project Coordinator Jacob Ntete (R) and MWCT intern Peter Wangai.

Since the beginning of 2009, the Simba Project has paid more than Ksh2.8 million in compensation claims.  Ntete is optimistic that livestock predation rates will drop in the remaining months of the year, if rain brings needed relief from drought.  Livestock will be stronger and herders will no longer forced to cover such large distances in search of pasture, reducing predation, he says.

You can learn more about the Simba Project here.