Alternative Livelihood Ecotourism

Poverty, drought, unemployment and wildlife conflict often push communities neighboring conservation areas to engage in destructive activities such as poaching, charcoal burning and other environmentally unfriendly activities.

 

To alleviate these human-made biodiversity threats; Amara Conservation works with the local community members to formulate strategies designed to provide alternative livelihoods for them that are biodiversity friendly.

We work with the local community members to explore opportunities, identify and appraise potential sustainable alternative projects, train community members on the alternative livelihood projects and work to achieve their implementation. This working partnership ensures the community ownership and acceptance of the projects, as well as encouraging utilization of local knowledge and home-grown solutions. These interventions, in addition to improving the community livelihoods also help ease biodiversity destruction.

The alternative livelihood projects include projects that promote cheap sources of protein to reduce bush meat demand, income generating enterprises, projects to improve food security and enterprises that tap benefits from the wildlife/ tourism industry. We also work with communities to help them adopt modern technology and linkages to networks.

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.

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