GALANA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY

Volunteer Project - June 2017

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GALANA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY

Volunteer Project - June 2017

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BECOME PART OF THE STORY IN 2017

The Galana Wildlife Conservancy (GWC) borders Tsavo East National Park in Kenya and consists of a 60,000-acre wildlife haven for some of the world’s most renowned and rarest African wildlife species. The GWC is situated on the eastern boundary of Tsavo East National Park and on the northern banks of the Galana River.  The conservancy serves as a crucial un-fenced buffer zone between Tsavo East National Park and the vast agricultural areas of the Galana and Kulalu Ranches which are managed by the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC). We have been working since 2008 with local communities, international NGOs and the ADC to preserve this vital habitat and the amazing creatures that rely on it. In 2013 we started to record and document our resident and transient wildlife populations using road transect counts, static observation point (OPs) counts and camera trapping for our nocturnal inhabitants.  It is crucial that we collect data to monitor populations and be in a position to identify positive or negative trends. These research activities presented us with some wonderful surprises. In a 24-month period between September 2013 and September 2016 we photographed and identified five individual striped hyenas within the Conservancy.

The striped hyena is listed as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List but with that assessment dating back to 2008 we can only imagine how bleak the picture is now. We are passionate about preserving our “Stripey” population and the other 31 threatened species that are listed in the Kenyan Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill 2013, including Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Hippo and a host of birds and other smaller creatures. The fact is that we are data-deficient and we hope that a continued research programme will provide a more current scientific snapshot.

During this conservation project we will offer you a window into the challenging but wonderful world of conservation and community development in this stunning area of Kenya. We know you will thoroughly enjoy what this rugged environment has to show you as you join us on our journey to help preserve this crucial habitat and enable the amazing creatures that roam within its boundaries to do so into the future in safety and peace. The Galana Conservancy is one of Kenya’s real wildlife treasures, offering a truly personal experience of the African bush.

  1. Infrastructure Enhancement Projects: Observation Points – Mapping 
  2. Population Census- Wildlife Counts – Data Collection 
  3. Nocturnal Camera Trapping Survey in Northern areas of the Conservancy
  4. Search for presence of Pangolin
  5. Further eDNA sampling within the Conservancy.
  6. Develop UCD and Pwani University Research Plans.
  7. Continue Maintenance work at Galana Primary School

Volunteers will be working in hot temperatures. The working day will begin at 06.00 and finish at 15.00. In the cool morning hours we will be renovating old buildings in the Conservancy, turning them into a field research station which we are determined to see become an international centre of excellence. In the afternoons and early evening we will turn our attention to research and get to explore the wonders of the Conservancy. It will be a physically and mentally demanding project as we strive to achieve all of our objectives but an experience you will cherish for life.

Kulalu Camp will once again suspend normal business and will act as Base Camp for the duration of the project. Kulalu Camp now enters its fourth year as project HQ for conservation and community development projects. Our Warden Fidelius and his Scouts are also based at Kulalu Camp and will be a crucial part of our team. Throughout the project we will be looked after by the very experienced camp team led by Justus our Chef. All dietary requirements will be catered for and only require some pre-project notification.

 Each Volunteer must raise €3300.00 which will include all flights, accommodation, food and insurance. For those who wish to arrange their own flights and meet us in Kenya the cost comes down to €2600.00. If you are interested in volunteering for this project please contact me at the contacts below. A registration process and payment of a deposit to secure a place precedes all projects. Volunteers are briefed on all aspects of project life in order to make an informed decision on whether they are up for the challenge

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