Late afternoon on 6th February 2017, I received a call from the KWS Senior Scientist Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) who asked if Tsavo Trust would assist to collect a rescued Pangolin from Galana Ranch and ascertain its health and status and report on the same.
We collected the Pangolin (Ground Pangolin Smutsia temminckii) from Galana Ranch (Danisa airstrip) by air and returned at sunset to Tsavo Trust HQ. The female adult Pangolin at first glance seemed in good shape, but obviously balled up and petrified due to the traumatic day it had been through.
New born to 5 months
On first arrival and for the first two weeks, the leopard cub needed around the clock care with feedings every 2 - 3 hours of electrolytes and milk as her condition was poor and she was very weak. However, once she gained her strength, her weight began to increase at an astonishing rate and she soon grew out of our bathroom! She went from drinking 100mls of milk per day to a litre and was soon on solids. Since starting a meat diet, she has continued to grow rapidly and is changing everyday.
Safe and acceptable water for human consumption that is available in sufficient quantity, physically accessible and affordable is a crucial prerequisite for human wellbeing. Access to safe water is not only fundamental to good health but also to satisfactory livelihoods, dignity and prospects for economic growth and education. The lack of access to sufficient amounts of safe water leads to human suffering and to loss of human potential, which is ethically indefensible as well as economically wasteful.
Nestling on the border of Tsavo East National Park near Mtito Andei in southern Kenya are the remote villages of Ngiluni and Kamunyu - merged to form Kamungi for ease of reference. Kamungi is Home to approximately 2000 people of the WaKamba tribe. Due to the remoteness of the area, the raging heat and lack of water, this marginalized community is failing to thrive.
Our ultimate goal is to incorporate the services of a clinic, pharmacy, laboratory and health education center into one facility in the village of Ingiluni, which will cater for both Ingiluni and Kamunyu villages combined (around 2000 people). The logistics of establishing a functional health clinic that is equipped and capable of handling the diagnosis and treatment of the most common illnesses affecting the people (i.e. illnesses caused by malnutrition, (i.e. malaria, typhoid fever, bacterial infections) indicate that it will take several months to accomplish our goals. Therefore, we are making this into a 2-step project.
At the end of 2015 a large group of excited men from Kamungi and Ngiluni villages arrived at Tsavo Trust HQ to undergo a series of initiative, stamina and physical tasks in order to be chosen for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Community Ranger Training course at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy Manyani.
Joshua had been shopping at his local village, which borders onto the Tsavo Conservation Area. On his way home, he came across an elephant on the path in front of him. He turned away and headed off in the opposite direction, not realizing there was another elephant hidden by the thick bush.
The elephant poaching epidemic sweeping across Africa is causing an outpouring of grief and outrage around the world. Simultaneously, many people are telling us they feel frustrated, because they want to help but do not know how they can make a positive difference.
With great sadness, we report the death of Satao, one of Tsavo’s most iconic and well-loved tuskers. This magnificent elephant was widely known in Tsavo East National Park, where he was observed with awe by many thousands of Tsavo’s visitors over the years. No longer will Tsavo and Kenya benefit from his mighty presence. Satao was shot dead by poisoned arrow on 30th May 2014.