Who is Jim Justus Nyamu ?
Jim Nyamu is the founder and Executive Director for Elephant Neighbors Center (ENC) which is a local NGO that focuses on enhancing the capacity of communities living with wildlife, to promote inter- linkages between species and their habitats.
Nyamu is an elephant enthusiast and has over time gained enormous knowledge on the African elephant species after being an Elephant Research Scientist with African Conservation Centre (ACC). He worked as Consultant with KWS and Mount Kenya East Pilot Project FAO for one year 2010. Earlier, from 1998 to 2000 Nyamu worked as an Assistant Research scientist with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on projects based at Mt. Kenya, Shimba hills and Arabuko Sokoke.
Jim is a holder of a Post graduate Diploma on Dissertation: Environmental Management study, from Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree on Natural Resource and Conservation Management from Mweka College of African Wildlife Management, Tanzania.
Nyamu has been trained, honored and awarded on several occasions including an award on Professional Development Grant (WWF), where he attended an International Elephant and Rhino Conservation Research Symposium Rotterdam at Netherlands, Colorado State University& National Museum. Wildlife migration, awarded him a Research Fellowship Rufford grant, Biodiversity Research Program, he attended the Global Human Right Leadership Training Institute Ibadan University Nigeria and he took part at Earth Watch Darwin Initiative Magadi: Field techniques for biodiversity Monitoring program.
Jim worked with ACC as a research scientist, implementing cross border elephant program from 2004 to 2012, conserving a free ranging elephant movement between Amboseli and Nguruman. During his time at ACC, he represented East Africa in Holland at an International Elephant Foundation Forum in 2011 supported by WWF – Professional Grant -USA. In 2013, Jim represented Kenya in USA Pittsburgh and International Elephant and Rhino Research Symposium.
Jim founded Elephant Neighbors Center in February 2012 where he is currently directing three programs of Conservation and Research, Education program and Community Based Natural Resource and Management (CBNRM) supported by WWF-EFN USA.
In his bid to protect the African elephant and secure landscapes for them, Jim has been engaging in walk campaign dubbed “Ivory Belongs to Elephants Walk” since 2013. The campaign involves Jim walking to raise awareness on the value of elephants, how to mitigate human- elephant conflict and to raise awareness on poaching.
The campaign started with his first walk which took place on 9th –23rd Feb 2013, from Mombasa to Nairobi (500 km) ; The second leg of the campaign begun on 11th May -he walked from Masaai Mara – Nakuru- Samburu –Nanyuki –Laikipia –Meru -Nyeri and ended on the 29th of June 2013 at the KWS headquarters -Langata covering approximately 1,710km.
He then walked from Boston to Washington DC in USA, a distance of 560 Miles. In February 2014, Jim walked from Meru town to Meru park for 104km. He later covered 375km walk from Shimba Hills to Lamu through 5 counties. He also walked in Laikipia- Nyeri- Nyandarua covering 377km and in Murang’a County where he walked for 181km. Later in 2015 he walked in from Emali through Oloitoktok, Taveta to Voi, a distance of 455km. In October 2015 Jim completed 260km walk from Transmara to Maasai Mara.
The most recent and longest walk that Jim has done so far was the East Africa Walk, which was flagged of on 4th June 2016 – 8th October 2016. 8 Kenyans Tanzanians accompanied Jim and Ugandans completed 3480km from Nairobi- Dar –Es Salaam- Dodoma- Fort Portal – Kampala- Busia- Nairobi. In April 8th to May 9th he walked from Nairobi- Mt Kenya- Samburu to Marsabit and competed 617km , in December 2017 he walked from (London) Kensington-Windsor- Reading- Swidon- Cheltenham-Stroud- Bath – Bristol covering 350km.
Jim has completed 4000km walk from Nairobi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe to Botswana between July 14th – Nov 3rd 2018 . In this walk he was honoured by Zimbabwe Government as Comrade (Cde) due to his outstading character in creating awareness on the plight of Elephants and humanity. Jim has so far walked over 15,411km since 2013 and is now looking forward to walk to Nairobi, Ethiopia, Djibouti to Eritrea in July 2019 .Jim Justus Nyamu has been honored by KWS as a Honorary Warden for Mountain Areas.
Read His Walking Blogs on: http://jimjustusnyamu.blogspot.com