Day 14 – 17TH JUNE 2016
I walked across Arusha National Park approximately 15km from Nkare Nanyuki to Usa -Arusha-Moshi road.
Arusha National Park is very scenic and full of life.This walk reminded me of my field research work in Aberdare, Shimba Hills among other forests in Kenya . I did a demo for my team on how we used to count elephants using their dung with 3km forest transects. It kindled amazing nostalgia that ticked off dee and irrevocable love with the elephants.
ARUSHA Park covers 322km squared, I was able to identify so many indigenous tree species. Such kind of unadulterated flora and fauna is critical for blossoming of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Later on, I held community meetings at Nkare Nanyuki shopping center that hosted people from Donyo Samba, Tinga Tinga and Arumeru areas which is synonymous with high human-wildlife Conflict.
People in Tanzania are receptive to the ‘ivory belongs to elephants’ message despite counting losses in their farms unlike Kenya where I have been met with hostility in areas such as this.
Their patience and the knack to tell me their stories however sordid on human wildlife conflict is encouraging. Together, we can win the war against poaching and Ivory can only remain on Elephants.