The ability to manage and fund wildlife comes from the people who appreciate coming out and seeing the animals. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable conservation initiatives are to major disruptions.
In the last three months, GlobalGiving campaign has enabled us make a real difference to the Elephants the Samburu community look after in Namunyak Conservancy. “Help Kenya’s Only Community-Run Elephant Sanctuary’ rose to the challenge. We were able to buy milk and supplements, vital veterinary supplies and keep our rescue vehicle running.
Your support also helped us give little Long'ruo, who lost half his trunk in a hyena attack before he was rescued, the specialist care he needs. He has shown us immense courage, and each day we see more of his inspiring, fun and friendly and sensitive character. With the supplements provided through this campaign, his health has greatly improved and his wounds are totally healed.
This funding has also helped cover keeper salaries. We'd like to introduce you to Lekupanai - at 53 years of age, he is one of the oldest keepers in the sanctuary. Through salaries and pension he is able to take care of his family of nine. Him being from the local pastoralist community of the Samburus, taking care of the animals was and is part and parcel of his life. He is now teaching the future generation the secret to keeping wildlife through the practice of patience and “unflinching work ethic”. Compassion to a promotion of shared devotion between a man and an animal fostered through a language that transcends barriers: love.
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