Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Reaching out to Communities around Meru

20 February 2018

Categories: Homepage News, Kenya News, Education News

By Born Free Kenya's Meru Field Team

Born Free Kenya together with Kenya Wildlife Service is currently conducting an essay competition for pupils and students in educational institutions around Meru National Park. In the past month, our team visited various primary and high schools and tertiary institutions within Meru, Isiolo, Tana River, Kitui and Tharaka Nithi counties during outreach sessions and to encourage their participation.

A total of 22 learning institutions with a minimum of 20 entries are expected from each institution. The best students will take part in the World Wildlife Day celebrations in the coming month. The winning and the best items will also be featured in our Kenya newsletter.  

As we visited these institutions, we also reached out to the communities in Tseikuru Market in Kitui County and Boka Centre in Tana River County. Our efforts engaged about 300 people through open discussions and presentations with focus on human-wildlife conflict and general wildlife conservation.  Conflict incidences have been on the rise over the recent years due to climate change with prolonged and  frequent droughts leading to clashes between the communities and wildlife.  

Outreach is a long-term measure to build sustainable relationships between the communities living around parks and reserves and the authority mandated to protect wildlife in Kenya.  We hope our efforts will encourage these communities and the upcoming generations to protect their environment and wildlife.

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Photo: School children in Tana River County bordering Kora National Park (C)BFFKenya

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