To take part in a travel pattern survey involves following a habituated group of Angola Black- and-white Colobus. The survey data will give an indication on home-range and habitat use. One of the initial goals of this survey is to identify and characterize movement of the tight-knit Colobus group’s trough the forest patches in Shimoni. In an attempt to identify primary feeding, resting and sleeping trees or areas, by calculating percentages of time spent on that activity per location. After identifying those primary activity sites, insight can be gained on the movement to and from these locations, and the relation of factors like habitat quality, food availability and seasonality to these patterns.
An observer picked a focal individual and recorded that specific individual’s behavior as a scan sample every two minutes. In addition, another observer tracks the movement of the focal individual, maps and tags the trees for later reference and identification.Obviously most of this survey requires quite some patience, recording very common activities such as sleeping, resting, foraging or feeding continuously. All of this helps us to understand the Colobus monkeys and ensure their safety in Shimonis forest.
We would like to share the most recent trustee report from the GVI Charitable Trust. This report covers the six month period from July to December 2011.
We are delighted to share that this has been by far our most successful period, raising in six months nearly as much as we did the whole of the previous year. This increase in funding has brought a corresponding increase in the impact we have been able to create on our programs around the world.
During this period we have invested in sustainable education across Latin America including support for the elderly in Guatemala and income generation schemes to support education in Honduras and Ecuador. In Mexico we have worked with a community to establish a recycling centre and in Kenya our partners in Mombasa will now realise their goal of seeing impoverished students through to completion of the primary education earning recognised qualifications for the first time.
These are just a few highlights of an amazing, productive and rewarding six months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and played a crucial role in these achievements.
Wasini island, a small jewel in the Indian Ocean, one mile from the great continent of Africa and kissing the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. Every evening, a spectacular sunset. Every evening, our banda is visited by tens of enchanting hermit crabs and even the very rare coconut crab. This really is a special place.
Wasini island consists of 2 villages (Wasini and Mkwiro) with a confirmed population of about 5000 persons, whose livelihoods depend mainly on fishing. However, the fish stocks in the area have been steadily declining up to a 70% during the last two decades.
However, kids top everything else in this island, with their bright eyes and huge smile, plus their Kiswahili songs with which they welcome you every time you enter the village.
We have English classes with the local kids, who have therefore the opportunity to learn from native English speakers. Our objective is improving their pronunciation and grammar skills throughout all primary school levels. It is a challenge keeping the attention of these young and restless minds, and hence we have to be creative and interactive with our classes. However, it is always a nice thrill to leave the classroom knowing that the children have learnt something.
Our 10 week expo is close to an end. And it has been such an incredible experience so far! Dolphin surveys and coral reef snorkeling transects to study the impact of tourism in the ecosystem, forest conservation focused on colobus monkeys, teaching in the schools in Shimoni and Mkwiro. Bring it on!
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