John visits Amara

by | Jun 30, 2016

This month, Amara welcomed John Carver to Kenya, visiting us in the field for the first time, he had an eventful and interesting trip around Kenya. John is an entrepreneur who has been involved in many successful for-profit and non-profit companies, and is on the Board of Directors of Amara USA. He has been a great supporter of our work.


Lori and John

It was great for John to see first hand the beneficial work Amara does in the field. To sit, see a room full of hundreds of children go from no hands raised when asked the question “do we benefit from elephants”, to a room full of students who understand the benefits of wildlife, simply through providing information, is very moving. We are honored to be a part of something so important to the communities in Tsavo.


An interactive session with the students


John visiting orphan elephants

Through education and information sharing, Amara is helping humans and elephants coexist and support each other, ultimately protecting their beautiful land. We strive to make communities understand the crucial role these species play in one of nature’s most important ecosystems; once moderate changes in lifestyles can have a powerful impact on the viability of the creatures they share their environment with. As communities become aware of how organized thugs are wrecking their very own future, as well as that of their children, the trend is reversed and the sustainable outcome is possible and reached.

John,Lori and Dan in Maasai Mara-Kenya

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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