A day in the park
A huge number of Kenyan children have never seen an elephant before, or even the most common of wildlife species due to the associated costs of visiting National Parks in Kenya. For this reason we at Amara together with Purdue University students arranges free field trips into Tsavo West National Parks, encouraging children to for Wildlife Clubs and embrace their wildlife and environment.
This year Kishushe Primary School in Taita-Taveta County had an opportunity to tour Tsavo west and interact with University students from USA.
While classroom learning undoubtedly provides the foundation of education, there is so much to be gained from supporting indoor learning with outdoor experiences. Students can observe how the world works in real life situations, adding depth to curriculum-based learning and bringing the subject alive as they encounter real world examples first-hand. By being involved in this particular trip, students had a chance to view the most endangered ecosystems in the park.
The serene environment of Tsavo comes mainly with thorny bushland, open grasslands and among the most beautiful sceneries is; the yatta plateau, which is the world longest lava flow, stretching 290km, Mzima springs, Shetani lava, Chaimu hills among other attractions.
Wildlife lures our eyes to excitement and happiness. Tsavo National Parks are also home to diverse wild animals including, zebras, leopards, lions, and buffalos. During each school trip, a KWS field officer who has a wealth of knowledge accompanies students and gives them an overview on biodiversity and challenges facing them in protecting the park.
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 with Purdue University offer such opportunities to kids bordering protected areas in Tsavo. We give thanks to this year’s Purdue Students for making the event successful and also for raising funds to support school trips in Kenya. Ahsante sana!
The Tsavo West National Park is a section of one of the largest wildlife conservancies on the planet, as well as one of Kenya’s largest wildlife national parks. It is well-known for its resident population of Red Elephants as well as the tale of the Tsavo Man-eaters. Unfortunately, most of the communities bordering these parks have never had a chance to visit them due to the cost. For these reasons Amara organizes game drives with Purdue University students each year into Tsavo West National Park. We also encourage children to form Wildlife Clubs and embrace their wildlife and environment. This year Mrabenyi Secondary School in Taita Taveta County had the opportunity to tour the vast Park and interact with the University students from USA.
tHistorically, the Tsavo Area is renowned for the Man-eaters of Tsavo, two mane-less lions who developed a taste to prey on humans back in the early 1900’s (various reasons are cited for this, one recently being that they suffered from tooth decay and pain that made hunting difficult for them!). Although they were later shot, they killed many people that were constructing the railway line connecting Mombasa and Nairobi. Additionally, it was the main battlefield between the Germans and the Britons in Africa in the course of World War I. Currently the area is very peaceful and is now famous for its resident Red-colored Elephants, that enjoy dust-bathing in the red colored soil. The serene environment of Tsavo comes mainly with thorny bushland, open grasslands and among the most beautiful scenic areas are; the Yatta plateau, the World’s longest lava flow stretching 290km; Mzima springs; Shetani Lava Flow; Chaimu Hill; and Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.