Kenya faces a serious longer term reality that could take decades to recover from - the loss of wildlife and endangered species. Without tourist dollars, Kenya's game reserves, parks & conservancies are empty with no income. As a result, Conservancies cannot pay Rangers and staff members to keep the wildlife in the parks safe. Poachers of ivory, rhino horn and bush meat can be able to enter the parks more freely since the camps/lodges are closed and there are no safari vehicles present.
Covid-19 starved communities and villages surrounding the parks, reserves and conservancies lack the income they normally receive from Tourism which supports their livelihood and that of their families.
We propose a solution. This project will allow for re-hiring guides, using their vehicles to enter the parks as "anti-poaching surveillance units" in order to reinforce the efforts of too few rangers. Guides and vehicles will be paid to drive in the parks and also showcase the beauty that Kenya’s parks offer with its stunning scenery & unique game sightings. These sightings will be brought to your doorstep by our guides through our social media. Also, our guides and vehicles will act as deterrents against poaching.
Empty camps and lodges will provide accommodation and food for the guides at low net cost - just the cost for food, generators for electricity and a place to sleep. Use of these empty camps and lodges will also employ local communities again which is key to people’s survival.
In short, this project will help protect vulnerable wildlife during the threat of Covid-19 in Kenya. Wildlife is the gem of Kenya and Kenyans depend on these national parks and tourism for their livelihood. This project will not only save the lives of thousands of animals, but of many people in Kenya.
In addition to monitoring the parks, the guides will deliver the most important food items to the villages (maize meal, lentils, rice, sugar, tea leaves, milk and soaps/ sanitizers) which will assist them with the most important and immediate needs. Most Kenyan communities eat little meat. These food packages cost around $30 USD and can last a family of five for two weeks.
Time is of the essence. We need to get the guides out in the field as soon as possible. We are reaching out to Safari Companies throughout Kenya to join us because we need to move as quickly as possible in order to save as many lives as possible.
By giving as little as $60, you can feed two families for two weeks. But we need money to pay the guides, for fuel for the vehicles, food for the guides, for staff at lodges, electricity / generators, and so on.
Your donations are vital to us....and to the beautiful wild animals that make Kenya a paradise. You have no idea how appreciated you are. Thank you in advance for your loving generosity during this time of crisis.
We sincerely thank you.
Jami, Gaby and your Team at Community Wildlife Fund
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