Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, IEF June 2009 Report
REPORT BY: JOHN LEPARPORIT
This report covers January 2009 to June 2009. We wish to sincerely thank IEF and all
other partners for their cooperation and support during the period under review. The
period has experienced dry spells over the last six months and both livestock and wildlife
have been greatly affected by the diminishing pasture and water resources. It is our hope
and wishes that the situation soon comes back to normal.
Below are some of our routine activities over the period.
Environment clubs education
The project has supported the clubs during athletics and ball games competitions in May.
The project sponsored the two teams to Wamba where inter-schools competitions were held.
Environmental clubs had the opportunity to tour the Samburu Game Reserve on game
drives and forty five (45) children participated. They were excited by the variety of wild game
seen. The clubs continued to do bird feeding in there respective schools. Due to lack of rain the
tree planting exercised has not been done effectively.
School Teachers Being Trained On How To Make Plant Nurseries
Range land rehabilitation
The project has trained women groups on the importance of Rangeland Rehabilitation so that
the idea can be replicated at homes. The cutting of the invasive species, the “Acacia refficient”,
is expected to continue when the rainy season comes followed by the planting of grass seeds.
In this regard an exchange visit was done during the month of April 2009 with one of the
communities in Laikipia who have already successfully conducted land rehabilitation. These
training sessions will continue in all the zones of Kalama community and in school compounds
as a way of increasing forage to our livestock and rangeland rehabilitation.
Wildlife monitoring and security
The prolonged drought has really affected our wildlife by forcing the Elephants to migrate to
uplands in search of pasture. The Gravy’s zebras also have migrated to the banks of Ewaso Nyiro
River for pasture. Recently a few sightings of Grevy’s zebras have occurred in the evenings
near our water hole. We believe the situation will come back to normal soon after the rains.
There are no cases of elephant poaching reported in Kalama though killings were reported in the
Isiolo and Laikipia Districts. The project has been collaborating with Kenya Wildlife Services
(KWS) and Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT) in dealing with cases of diseases.
Kalama scouts on their daily monitoring
Grazing committee training
The project has continued to train its grazing committee on better methods of grazing controls,
thanks, to funds received from IEF and Northern Rangelands Trust. This training has helped in
the development of conservancy grazing by-laws.
Kalama community wishes to sincerely thank the IEF for the award of US Dollars amounting to
$5000 which was spent as shown in the table below.
The above activities have been realized through the support of the International Elephant Foundation.
The Kalama Community Wildlife Conservation wishes to sincerely thank you for your continuous
cooperation and support. We promise to work hard so that the community will benefit the environment
in the right way.