Amara evolves to meet the needs of the area. We are very flexible in working towards the ultimate goal of conservation. At different times, different issues, opportunities and challenges present themselves, and we pride ourselves on facing them head on.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to conservation, one needs to adapt to be the most effective.
In addition to our primary work of providing Education for Conservation, Amara has had the opportunity to help support other important endeavours.
The Mbulia Group Ranch area was ranked highest in need of protection by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) due to human wildlife conflict and being the most critical habitat for elephants during the dry season.
Amara has worked with this group for years, working to educate the local people, helping them understand the importance of conserving the land and wildlife. Through our ‘education for conservation’ approach, the group knew that they had to protect the land, and everyone would benefit. They decided that the change they needed was to start a Wildlife Conservancy and Lodge.
The members of the Mbulia Group Ranch have a completely different outlook on wildlife. They now realize that they benefit more from protecting the area, than they do destroying it. [Read More…]
In 2004, three lion cubs were found stuck in a well in Northern Kenya. Amara was part of their rescue. We found Claus Mortensen of Mugie Ranch who was willing to take on this difficult task. We had generous donors provide funds for Claus to build a large and beautiful boma, where he kept the cubs away from all human contact for nearly a year before release.
They lions were able to live in the wild, and killed and fed themselves. This was something that nobody believed possible – this rescue was a success! [Read More…]
Nana Woodley raised an orphaned leopard cub to wild release. Mtito the leopard was only 5 weeks old and quite ill when found. He could not have survived on his own in the wild. Amara was able to help raise funds for the support of this baby leopard cub. [Read More…]
Raising an orphaned baby elephant is like adopting an orphaned person.
Amara has been involved with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for several different projects. Amara has donated a vehicle to the Burra Desnaring Team. They work in the Tsavo Conservation Area, removing snares set for bushmeat.
The team was named after a feisty a little baby elephant found with a snare around his neck nearly cutting off his ear, preventing him from eating. He would have died had they not rescued him.
Amara funded the first 6 months of Burra’s care at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. He’s tough, and through the love and care given by the Sheldrick’s, became an elephant living in the wild.
Several years after he entered the wild, Burra was spotted with his distinctive cut ear, over 60 kilometers from where he was raised, living wild with a group of young male elephants! [Read More…]
Snaring for bushmeat is decimating populations of wildlife in Tsavo. At least 500,000 animals are killed each year for bushmeat in Kenya. Amara is continually involved in ways to help reduce the amount of bushmeat poaching that occurs.
Amara is continually involved in ways to help reduce the amount of bushmeat poaching that occurs. Amara donated a pickup to help get a new desnaring team up and running in Tsavo. Amara traveled with the team and saw firsthand how hard the work is, and how many snares are set on a continued basis. [Read More…]
Amara Conservation created Newsletters to keep fans and followers up to date on what’s happening. See the archive of Newsletters here. [Read More…]