WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AWARENESS WITHIN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Wildlife conservation awareness is not well known within local communities in Kenya despite the country having most of its wildlife living within the community.

Most of the local communities see wildlife as a source of income (having opportunities to sell their merchandise to the tourists) and tourists attraction, very few really have the connection with the wildlife.

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Human-wildlife conflict has been a problem in the country and this maybe one of the reasons why those affected by it rarely treasure the wildlife. They see wildlife as a threat to their farms, lives and space. They have faced a lot of negative outcomes as a result of human-wildlife conflicts and thus have negative perception towards wildlife.

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Most of the communities living within conservation areas invests in farms which are frequently attacked by the wildlife from time to time. This creates a strive between the farmers and Kenya Wildlife Services. In Kenya , for one to be compensated on such damages, it involves long tiring processes that mostly end up unfruitful. And as a result it has led to numerous demonstrations whereby the farmers threaten to take actions themselves and this means killing wildlife that trace passes their farms. This is a clear indication of created bridge between the local and the wildlife conservation organizations.

Conservation will only be successful once the communities understands and embrace the value of the wildlife. Once they understand that tourist attraction is not the only reason for conserving the wildlife. This will also help them refrain from land encroachment and poaching.

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Majority of poaching in African countries are executed by the locals after being offered good tips by the big fish in the international  market for illegal wildlife trafficking markets . So the local is made to choose between earning heavy bribery to poach or earn ” nothing”  to protect wildlife.

We all agree that this is a tricky situation to a group of people who are inadequately informed on the importance of wildlife conservation and living in total poverty. How do you change their perception towards wildlife and make them embrace wildlife conservation positively? Answer to this question will be a strong background and foundation to the future of the wildlife species.

Most of the demonstrations held in defense for  wildlife conservation issues is mostly fueled by the NGOs, students and the international bodies, which is an excellent , but true success will be fully attained once the local communities join the force. They are the backbone of wildlife conservation and have a strong pivot to it. They live along side the wildlife and interact frequently with them.

Local communities have been living with the wildlife for centuries and their  co-existence has been positive, the problem is the external parties that are corrupting their minds and this is the greatest threat to wildlife survival.  Its important we start by salvaging the local community support as we continue fighting for wildlife conservation and being their voice.

Africa has very unique wildlife but all these are dependent on the impact that will be created  from their conservation and protection. Every journey starts with a step and together we can do a lot. Lets promote conservation awareness across the local communities, share the tourism benefits with the local and most importantly change their perception towards wildlife.

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Sometimes you will not understand why

Its not everyday or every situation that you will get to understand everything. Especially why or how they end up happening.
You may feel bad, angry, disappointed or even defeated. That feeling of being a fail may weigh you down. And make you doubt your previous efforts. Its okay, it happens.
Many thoughts will cross your mind. You will keep guessing and self doubting yourself. But this will only make things worst. And its not either to avoid all these that easy.
If pity party works for you. Please do but don't allow it eat you up. Be sad, scream, blow some steam. Do whatever you need to. Until that feeling goes away.
By doing so, its when you get to go past it. Its not easy as you may think. But it gets better with time. A little help and boast to your self will, you will be okay. 

Let’s talk about the Zero Waste

Let’s talk about the zero waste.

It has been discussed and campaigned a couple of months now. And more people are embracing it as well as giving out their opinion about it. It’s one of the moves geared towards conservation of mother nature.

How does she do it?

Have you heard of Lauren Singer, a regular New Yorker who could fit her four years waste in a jar. She a true definition of almost zero waste.

Her own words, “I do compost and recycle but only as a last resort — I try to avoid packaging at all costs”

She is quite impressive, right? And shows that it’s possible to reduce our waste when we decide to.

Is zero waste possible?

Am yet to totally agree with it since at some point we will encounter some unavoidable waste. And it takes time and discipline to give up habits. So to me I guess, it should be almost zero waste. As opposed to zero waste.

So what’s the idea here?

Whether zero waste or almost zero waste, ways to get there are similar. And they include:

Refraining from use of one use plastic stuff.

That includes plastic bags, disposable utensils, among others. This one is almost catered for by most countries. As ban on the one use plastic is being enacted to these countries.

Practising recycling and reusing stuff

Read the full article here.

How does climate change affect wildlife?

How does climate change affect wildlife? Are they safer than humans, or worst off ?

Wildlife seems to be the unlucky species lately in this planet. They almost have enemies from all angles. Yet they can do very little if any for themselves. To make the survival a success.

They suffer:

  • Habitat fragmentation and loss. Their land is been encroached from all sides each passing day. Hence reducing in size and quality.
  • Poaching and hunting. For many unqualified reasons, they lose their lives. Humans have been known to kill wildlife for their body parts, as source of food and worst as a form of entertainment.
  • Such to name a few…

So how does climate change affect wildlife?

Climate change is the new “world war iv”. It’s killing and destroying this planet at an alarming rate. With its power and discard among humans, it’s winning in various ways.

But as we come together and speak in one uniform voice. Adhere to the agreements and actions agreed upon, maybe we can save our home, planet earth.

Some of the ways climate change affect wildlife includes:

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Wildlife destinations in Africa that you need to check out

Wildlife destinations in Africa you need to check out. It’s holiday season and travelling is one of the things that makes it more merrier.

It’s that time of the year where families come together. Or you get an opportunity to have some quality me time if you prefer your own company. All in all, it’s time to just relax and have some good time.

Beaches and big hotels maybe most preferred by many. Enjoying some vitamin D and sand bathing. What if you still get that vitamin D and get to make awesome memories. This is because Africa is hot, literally hot. Vitamin D from the sun is everywhere every day at least twelve hours.

Africa is still developing, so most of it is still in its raw state. Developments are yet to cover all places. So you will be able to get an insight of how things ran many years ago in its remote places. Simply, Africa is full of surprises and very welcoming to everyone in the world.

That said, what are some of these places can you be able to enjoy all these.

Here we go:

Kenya

Chyulu hills

It hosts the greatest wildlife estate called Maasai Mara National Reserve. Also known as one of the best wildlife destination in the world. The Maasai Mara Reserve is also where the greatest wildebeest migration takes place.

It’s a home to a variety and good number of national parks and reserves. Not forgetting the historical sites, cultural centres, sanctuaries, nature parks, mountains, among others.

Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s the other half of the greatest wildebeest migration. A home to some of largest herds of wildlife mammals.

For beach lovers, Zanzibar offers you exactly that. And a lot of history to learn from.

Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park

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Where do we stand as a planet?

Where do we stand as a planet? In terms of natural resources and health of our atmosphere. Do you have any idea? Or have any clue?

Unfortunately some people don’t believe in science or their research. Hence ignoring all the reports given regarding anything. Am not sure what they use to understand the changes we have been experiencing as a planet.

Climate change and global warming are no longer theories. Their effects are heavily being experienced all over the world:

The oceans are becoming warmer each day.

  • Sea levels are rising.
  • The poles are melting at an alarming rate.
  • Rainy seasons and patterns have greatly changed and disappeared in some places.
  • Species are getting extinct each single day.
  • Temperatures have risen as the ozone layer continue becoming thinner as days goes by.

So what are some of the major changes in our planet:

  1. Land-dwelling species have declined by 40% since 1970.
  2. Marine animal populations have fallen by 40%.
  3. Birds populations are down 25%.
  4. Freshwater animals have plummeted 75% since 1970.
  5. 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years.

These stats are really worrying and alarming. It also shows that if nothing is done urgently and we continue to contribute negatively to our planet. Then we will kill it sooner than we thought. Mother nature is at its final kicks and we need t resuscitate her.

How do we save our planet?

Read the full article here

Holiday month

December is here!

A month that has a celebration  univeral to the whole planet.

Christmass,  a holiday celebrated by almost everyone irregardless of their believes. Some just use it to have good time with the families.

Simply what a holiday entails.

To some its time to have a break from the offices that prisons us most of our days. Others its time to go for a safari, sunbath at the beaches, hit roads by doing road trips, go visit our parents, see countrryside and give cities a break, among others.

Its that month to be merry and thankful to have made this far. The 365 days are almost done.

Make December an awesome one and burry all the worries.

It’s not always about you

Have you ever met this kind of human beings?

Everything that happens around them, they will always find a way to make it about themselves.

And am like, do you know how many billions we are on this poor planet. You are just like a drop in the ocean.

So relax and understand that its not always about you.