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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Work Place

This is one place we spend most of our hours, days, weeks, months and even years at. We may love, hate or not sure what to feel about it.

The workplace we are talking about today, is the one under an employer. Not the self-employed ones. The ones we work under someone and report to other people. Do you love your workplace?

Some of us love our jobs, some of some hate it. Some are driven by passion , others by the need to pay bills. Either way, it’s the driving force that keeps people working.

But we are not discussing about that today. It doesn’t matter what drives you or how you relate to your workplace. Today we are discussing what boundaries to maintain with your workmates.

How much do you allow your workmates know about your life? Do you see them as friends, family or simply workmates? How you see them determines what you allow them get exposed to in your life.

We spend many hours of our lives around our colleagues.
We spend many hours of our lives around our colleagues.

Human resource department have done good work at creating bonding fun activities. This is return has created strong bonds among the employees. Hence seeing each other as one big “family”.

In the spirit of these bonding activities, employees end up finding their love and even life partners. The unlucky ones got heart breaks and awkwardness, some choosing to depart and look for jobs somewhere else. While some had to stay back and ignore all the awkwardness.

This is why some organization restrict dating among its employees. It may seem like a harsh thing to do and against human rights. But it’s somehow making sense if you think about it deeply. I don’t know what you think about it?

Some people found their life partners at the work place
Some people found their life partners at the work place

Enough of the lovy dovy stuff. What personal stuff do you keep away from your colleagues? Are you that person who lays down all their cards to almost everyone. Letting everyone at work know all your current affairs. I hope not.

Do you remember during your interview? Did you tell the interviewers about your personal stuff, things that don’t affect your job directly? Like the car you just bought the other day. Or the fight you had last night with your spouse or sibling. Such things, did you let them know?

Truth be told, not everyone will be happy when you get a promotion just because you have developed friendship. Whether they say it loud or hide it, they are working hard to progress forward. And if they were to choose who to be promoted, they will always choose themselves.

Teamwork spirit allows us to work together for a common goal. But don’t be fooled that they are okay being down their once you are promoted. Being the one representing the success of teamwork. We are humans and no one likes being the second best.

Then they are those who are very malicious and evil. They innocently pretend to be your friend and caring. They gather all your information and use it against you. The backstabbing workmates / the fake friends / jealous ones. They spread your vernable side  to everyone.

So what am trying to say here?

Irregardless of what you feel or a relationship you have created at your workplace. Always put in mind that they were first you colleagues and it will be safe to keep that in mind. No matter how deep they may have touched your life, don’t allow your personal life be mixed up with your professional one . It will save you a lot of heart ache and reputation.

Just the same way we don’t go around telling every one of our families dramas, treasure your private life. Guard it and ensure no one take it away from you.

 

Don’t be too hard on Yourself

For you to succeed in Life , we are advised to push ourselves to the limit. This will ensure that we are able to utilize all our gifts, talents and knowledge. In return, we are able to accomplish more and make our dreams come true.

Allow yourself some slack

But how far should you push yourself? When do you know that you need to cut yourself some slack? When do you allow yourself some breathing space?

You may be so good at something and still mess up. Do something you are not supposed to do. Fail again despite promising yourself never to do that thing. Simple things like never eating junk food, but you end up eating some. You know, after maybe six months of successfully avoid junk and boom. It makes its way to your plate.

As long as you gave it your best, don't look down on yourself

What do you think or feel about your action? Do you consider it a stupid thing to do, a weakness, see yourself as a loser or give up on yourself? What do you do to yourself, psychologically and mentally?

We don’t always win despite the hard work and all the sacrifices. Some days we will win and others we will lose. Some days you will need to depend on your friends for a change. While others days you will just have to consider it a draw.

Its important to understand that. We are humans and prone to make errors. They are what make us strong and smarter. Something may keep slipping our fingers. Causing us to repeat that one mistake a zillion times. But trust me , one day one time , you will manage to do it right.

Be there for yourself

Pat yourself at the back when you get it right, encourage yourself when things go south and never  lose focus. Mental health is important, lets not harass this big guy.

What happens when you push the engine to its limit. Not allowing it to do what it can handle. It eventually gives up and most of the time dies. Good thing is that you can always replace a destroyed engine.

But think about it, we have no spare brains to replace with if we mess up with the current ones we have. Yes, our brains can do extra ordinary things we could never imagine of. But do it systematically. Allow it needed support and timelines to effectively serve you.

You can always ask for help when need be

If you failed to get it right today, you have an opportunity to get it right tomorrow. You will not always manage to conquer stuff, some of them need more practice. Understand that.

Please don’t be too hard on yourself.

What do you know about Turtle, Tortoise and Terrapin?

Turtle, tortoise and terrapins looks almost the same physically. Apart from that, what do we know about these amazing creatures?

Let’s do a comparison between them. This will help us know both their similarities and differences.

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Comparison table for Turtle, Tortoise and Terrapin

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Habitat

§  They are mainly found in the sea and oceans.

§  They lay their eggs on the shores.

Habitat

§  They are mainly found on the land.

§  They are mostly found in hot and dry areas.

Habitat

§  Just like the turtles, they live in water.

§  They are found in freshwater bodies.

Physical appearance

§  Their shell is much flatter and looks oval.

§  They have flappy feet.

Physical appearance

§  Their shell shape is somehow circular.

§  They have elephant-like feet.

Physical appearance

§  Unlike the turtle, their feet resembles those of the tortoise.

§  Their shells are flat and streamlined.

Diet

§  They are omnivores.

Diet

§  They are vegetarians.

Diet

§  They are omnivores.

Uniqueness

§  They have large upper eyelids that protect their eyes.

§  They do not have an external ear opening.

§  They will dig into mud during cold seasons and go into a torpor state.

§  Their life span ranges between 10-80 years

Uniqueness

§  They can retract their head under their shell.

§  They have been known to live for more than 150 years.

§  They are believed to have good luck.

Uniqueness

§  They have large upper eyelids that protect their eyes.

§  They do not have an external ear opening.

§  They are usually smaller than turtles.

 

What are some of the Similarities between Turtle, Tortoise and Terrapin?

  1. They are reptiles and belong to the order, Testudinidae.
  2. They are all ectothermic hence their body temperature is based on the temperature of the air or water around them.
  3. All three lay eggs.
  4. They breathe air through their nostrils.
  5. They have scales.
  6. They have shells.
  7. They build nesting burrows and lay eggs.

Did you know that turtle, tortoise and terrapins can be kept like pets?

Yes, they can be kept as pets. But they need a lot of attention and care considerations. If you are animal lover and willing to go an extra mile to ensure comfort to your pets. You can try out these amazing animals.

Things to note if you consider petting Turtle, tortoise and terrapins.

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Facts to Know about Solitary Animals

Solitary animals do have very interesting facts. These are animals that don’t mingle very much with their kind. They may mix with other species.

Just like humans, we have the social ones and anti-social ones. In this case they are more like the anti-social ones. They keep things to themselves and love their own company.

Facts to know about solitary animals include:

  1. They spend most of their lives away from their own species.
  2. They only find mate to reproduce.
  3. They do mingle with their mates during mating.
  4. They take care of offspring together.
  5. Offsprings are sent away on their own when they become of age.
  6. They hunt alone.
  7. They have no competition for space, food, mate or time.
  8. Risk to be endangered species since finding a mate may be difficult.

Examples of solitary animals

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Conservation Education and Awareness

Should conservation education and awareness be included in the syllabus? Personally, I think it should be included. I remember doing a  short survey on the same. It was a survey carried out by an environment organization. Am yet to know what transpired after we gave our thoughts.

At what point were you exposed to the conservation education? How was it done? Did you get an opportunity to understand its importance. Or was done just as a by the way.

As much I grew up loving nature and animals to be specific. It was a passion nurtured by the animals I was exposed to. My dad loves animals and he did much of my introduction to this animal world. I always accompanied him. My free time was dedicated to animals.

I guess this contributed to my few friends while growing up. I always find comfort spending time with animals. I still do. They have an effect on my moods and motivation. I could be having a terrible day but a five minutes with animals, fixed everything. At least that’s how I feel.

It was in high school that I really got an exposure to wildlife and nature. This was through Wildlife Club that I was lucky to chair for two years. We didn’t have much activities as I wanted. We mainly planted trees and kept rabbits at some point. Materials were limited and this was a major limitation.

Most of the students joined the club for wrong reasons. They thought it was a ticket to filed trips. Hence the meaning of the club was never fully enjoyed. Our club matron did her best to give us the best. But I hope we could have done much.

Importance of conservation education and awareness

  1. It will help shape the young generation to the right direction in issues regarding nature.

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