Members Gathering 3rd June 2007


Members present : 9

 

FoNNaP WILD DOG PROGRAMME

The full diversity of wildlife which roamed Kajiado District (20,000 km2) 100 years ago remains, although some species experience dangerously low densities. Amboseli and NNP are the protected core areas. FoNNaP endeavours with KWS to preserve the wild dog as a migratory species throughout their range.

HISTORY: Wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) were once the most widespread predators throughout Africa. Normally not found in deserts and rain forests, they can roam to an altitude of 3000m. Their fierce hunting behaviour made them a hated predator, regarded as vermin and a threat to both livestock and wildlife. Moreover, livestock keepers, hunters, and even wildlife conservationists exterminated the wild dog. Consequently, the wild dog became an endangered predator, their numbers dwindling to a few thousand.

BEHAVIOUR: The wild dogs of East Africa are genetically distinct from the larger and heavier South African populations. The lifespan of a wild dog is about 10 years. Hunting in packs, wild dogs were believed to kill unselectively on sight. However, recent research data do not confirm unselective hunting. Unfit, sick and weak animals are preferred. While herds of wild animals flee when wild dogs strike, domestic animals get confused, and may even take a closer look at what is happening. Even a small hunting pack of 4 individuals can have a devastating impact on livestock, in particular sheep and goats. Before herdsman or children herding the flock realize what is going on, the wild dogs would already have killed.

The generation of wild dogs in Kajiado District became livestock raiders in 2006. However, observations have shown they still prefer game animals to livestock.

SURVIVAL: The wild dog population in Kajiado District was regarded as virtually extinct. For about 20 years they had disappeared from the Kedong Valley across Oltepesi, Olorgasaille, and the Athi-Kapiti Plains. Their sudden reappearance caught herdsmen and conservationists by surprise. Investigations revealeld that some individuals managed to survive in hillside pockets inhospitable to people, but with game available. In recent years, the wild dog made an appearance in Laikipia and Samburu. Although small groups of 3 to 4 individuals managed to survive in Kajiado District, no official efforts were made to protect them. Only a group of 8 wild dogs near Nairobi National Park caught attention and interest.

At the end of 2006, with support and funding from the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), FoNNaP kick-started the Wild Dog Programme in collaboration with KWS. The Wild Dog Programme pays a consolation fee to livestock owners for livestock killed and eaten by wild dogs, provided they neither harass, harm or kill any wild dogs, or other wildlife.

Cattle 15,000/-

Sheep &

Goats 2,500/-

Donkeys 5,000/-

A verification team consisting of KWS, the area chief, and the Programme leader inspects carcasses and the circumstances under which an animal has died. Payment is taken as cash, even in remote areas.

At present, the Programme urgently needs funding of up to 200,000/- monthly for claims.

Contact: Inge Burchard

FoNNaP Board Member

ingebu@swiftkenya.com

 

DAILY NATION, 25 May 2007

New wildlife policy to get Cabinet nod

‘ A new policy to govern wildlife conservation and management has been drafted and will soon be presented to the Cabinet for approval.

The Draft Wildlife Policy and Bill reviews the 32 year old wildlife conservation law and seeks to outlaw sport hunting.

Any other subsequent hunting would only be permitted when a proper legislation is in place, says the policy.

Loss of life – Compensation for loss of human life through conflict with animals has been proposed at KSh 1 million while compensation on the damage and destruction of property by wild animals has been left to individuals and communities after mitigation factors are heard and determined.

Tourism and Wildlife Minister Morris Dzoro officially received the document at KWS Headquarters where he also disbanded the twelve member national steering committee.

The policy proposes a broad range of measures responding to conservation challenges. It seeks to balance the needs of the people of Kenya with opportunities for sustainable wildlife conservation and management countrywide.

Mobilise resources – The minister who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for local government, Mr. Solomon Boit, said that in undertaking wildlife policy actions, the Government looked to communities, private sector, NGO’s and development partners to mobilise the required resources.

‘It is only through such cooperative management that we will be able to address the immense challenges and threats facing wildlife conservation,’ he said.

The Minister asked the public to be patient and wait until the Bill was published before raising any comments through their MP’s.

‘Immediately after the Government gives the initial approval, my ministry will put in place the necessary mechanisms for the development of an implementation plan for the new policy and Bill’, said Mr. Dzoro.

 

GAME COUNT RESULTS

Buffalo

59

Bushbuck

7

Eland

67

Grants Gazelle

45

Thomson’s Gazelle

106

Maasai Giraffe

71

Dik-dik

1

Waterbuck

11

Bush Duiker

1

Lion

2

Kongoni

229

Wildebeest

41

Warthog

10

Impala

226

Black Rhino

14

Burchell’s Zebra

522

Hartlaub’s Bustard

4

Silver-backed Jackal

3

Baboon

35

Secretary Bird

4

Yellow N’d Spurfowl

24

Helmetted Guineafowl

187

Crowned Crane

5

Kori Bustard

4

Ostrich

64

Species counted – 24

TOTAL – 1742

 

On Board for African Heritage Day III

On 23 May 2007, US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger hosted a cocktail in support of African Heritage Day III, at his residence in Nairobi. AHD III is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 6 October 2007. Mr. Alan Donovan of African Heritage House has been generously supporting this annual fundraiser on behalf of FoNNaP and to protect the predators of NNP and Kitengela. Guests included members of the diplomatic community, local and national government, corporations, professionals, and friends.

 

FoNNaP extends its deepest appreciation to Mrs. Maryka Beckmann, Executive Director of AAR, who initiates this important fundraiser with a donation of Euro 1,000.

 

BICYCLES FOR KITENGELA SCOUTS

FoNNaP also wishes to thank Nakumatt for its generous donation of two bicycles in support of the Community Scout Programme.

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