On Nov 16th 2021, I started The Great North Rift Elephant Grass-root campaign walk ( Nairobi, Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Uasin Gishu to Mt Elgon in Trans Nzoia county . During the campaign walk I will be creating awareness on the plight of elephants and planting trees in both primary and secondary schools along the route. Since 2013, I have now walked over 17,845km both in Kenya , US ,UK and in Africa ,with the latest being Nairobi to Amboseli August 2021 .Elephants face a myriad of conservation challenges notably poaching for their tusk, habitat loss and climate change.
The Great North Rift Elephant Campaign is the 14th edition, I chose to do this walk to highlight on the four elephant Maasai Mara, Mau Complex, Baringo and Mt Elgon populations, these four distinct populations face a compound conservation challenge from habitat loss, land-use changes and loss of migratory route to developments and individual fences. In 33 days, I will walk in 11 counties covering 623km ; expected to walk 25-30km every day ,detour and visit communities engaging in wildlife and conservation activities .
The region host approximately 3,000 individual elephants that used to forage and cross to in different areas , for instance Elephant in Mt Elgon used to cross to Uganda and this movement has been cut off due to security related threats from Uganda, Mau elephants used to move up to Maasai Mara via Bomet area and part of Siapei and this movement is gradually vanishing due to expansion of settlements .What then happen in this areas where migratory routes are blocked human-elephant conflict has increased and due to delay in either compensation or mitigation , communities have resulted in vengeances and if this is not addressed amicably may be worse than poaching . Other matters affecting these habitats include bush meat drifts ; According to Wildlife and Conservation Management Act 2013 “ A person who engages in hunting for bush- meat trade, or is in possession of or is dealing in any meat of any wildlife species, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not less than one year or to both such fine and imprisonment” The campaign dubbed Ivory Belongs to Elephants will intensifying the good will of the acts in collaboration with other organisations .
During the 33 days , I intend to plant 10,000 seedlings in 71 schools supported by Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and Kenya Forest Service.
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