World Elephant Day August 12, 2015

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It’s that time of year, August 12th will be the Third World Elephant Day. As conservationists and animal lovers; we must seize this opportunity to spread awareness. As we all know poachers will not stop unless they’re given a very good reason, and if we work together, we have the power to become that very good reason. We can work to reduce the market value and social acceptance of ivory, to implement better surveillance techniques, and to pressure governments to take an active hand in preventing poaching. We need to educate our people about the situation; some consumers in the Far East don’t even know that elephants or wild animals are killed for the ivory and rhino harvest to be possible.

Poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats faced by elephants and other wild animals.


This year’s celebration comes as a blessing to Kenyans. During President Obama’s recent visit to Kenya and Ethiopia he declared a crackdown on ivory trade. He announced new measures that will stop the sale of ivory between states and include new restrictions on imports. It should be implemented by the end of the year and will help halt the rapid decimation of elephants.

We need to stand with our government and stakeholders alike to help them stop poaching in its tracks. If you feel inclined to do so, please consider donating to Amara Conservation and help make this a reality for the elephants of Kenya. You can make a difference; you can help us save the African elephant!

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Stopping Wildlife Trade: When the Ecosystem is Bleeding

Lupita poses with an elephant during her Kenyan tour Photo: Facebook/Lupita

Well written piece Mr. Malanda, thank you!? While we believe that taking care of orphaned baby elephants is a good thing, at the same time it’s important to work together to take care of the ecosystems and all who depend upon them.  LB

Snapshots: That is how NOT to save elephants, Lupita By Ted Malanda

First, dearest Lupita, if you want to save elephants, never say you love them. Revere and fear them. Love blinds one to reality. We don’t view elephants as ‘beautiful’ creatures down here. They destroy our crops, flatten our huts, kill and impoverish us. That is why newspapers call them ‘marauding herds of elephants’.

You will see pictures of angry villagers demonstrating against rampaging jumbos, or gleefully chopping an elephant they have just speared into pieces of meat for the pot. If you are very lucky, you might see a picture of a KWS ranger atop an elephant carcass, rifle in hand, trying and failing comically to reenact Ernest Hemingway’s aristocratic pose from one of his hunting expeditions in Africa. You could also bump into a picture of elephant carcasses shrunk with starvation, following a prolonged drought, or a tiny report tucked away in a corner of the newspaper describing terrified villagers fleeing, after a herd of ‘marauding elephants’ trumpeted into their village with the swagger of a well-fed politician. This in a place where elephants have not been seen in 50 years. Read more

Elders Meeting by Peter Towett


African cultural values are based on a foundation of the past that informs the present, a leading reason why elders are so well respected. Always acknowledge an elder. Amara is honoured to have been recognized by the Elders of Taita Taveta County for on the work we’ve been doing in this region for many years.


They made Director Lori Bergemann a Taita woman and gave her the name Malemba, which means green leaves to describe hope in life.


Lori Bergemann with the Elders

The elders have broad knowledge about how their county used to be, and can see destruction that has take place in recent times. They want to turn this around and reach out to the people reminding them how the Taita community practiced traditional ways that conserved the environment and wildlife.


Amara, KWS, KUAPO and Tsavo Pride worked together to assist the Elders doing a vastly successful trial run in test villages sharing their knowledge of the traditions and the need to work together going forward to benefit everyone.


Recently the Council of Elders held a fundraising event attended by our field coordinator Jacob Dadi, where he made a presentation and contribution on our behalf. The County Governor was present as the guest of honor.


The governor expressed his willingness to support the Council of Elders and work with them. We wish them well and look forward to continuing our program working together!


Adventure in Tsavo West!


While many people know that our country Kenya is an attractive destination for wildlife, others keep saying that wildlife does not benefit them. At Amara we absolutely disagree with that. Every protected area in Kenya is unique in its own way.


We are blessed as Kenyans to have a good number of parks and reserves. Masai Mara game reserve is one of them and is the seventh wonder of the world.

Personally, I have visited quite a number of the parks and game reserves and one of the parks that caught my attention with its beauty and scenic nature is Tsavo National Park. I lack words to describe it, but if I’m to support my case then it’s a “complete wilderness”.


The serene environment comes mainly with thorny bush land, open grasslands and among the most beautiful sceneries are; the yatta plateau which is the world longest lava flow stretching 290km; Lugards Falls, Mzima Springs, Shetani Lava, Chaimu Hill among other attractions.

Wildlife lures our eyes to excitement and happiness. Tsavo National Parks are also home to diverse wild animals including, elephants, zebras, cheetah, leopards, lions, buffalos. Tsavo West National also has a rhino sanctuary which is monitored 24hrs due to poaching.


If we all participate by visiting our parks and reserves we will be building our own country and getting to appreciate the vital resources available in our beautiful country. We at Amara together with Purdue University offer such opportunities to kids bordering protected areas in Tsavo.

During each school trip, students are accompanied by a KWS field officer who has a wealth of knowledge on various conservation concepts.


The officer’s duty is to ensure that the participating kids are given an overview on the biodiversity, and challenges facing them in protecting the park.
The school trips offer the best opportunity to teach wildlife conservation outside the classroom setup in a fun and interactive manner. LB