Next Members Gathering


June 7, 2009, 11 am

Venue: KWS Guest House!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Ogutu

Subject: Wildlife Species Decline

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6 responses to “Next Members Gathering

  1. Njagi, hello, happy new year!

    Please update your membership and thanks for your continued support of Nairobi National Park.

  2. To All FoNNaP Members,

    Partalala is the username for Ole Kamuaro, current Chairman of FoNNaP. Please get in touch for any inquiries.
    Thank you.

  3. Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP)

    FoNNaP is a non-profit making Society founded in 1995. Its objectives are, among others, to promote the retention of the wild and indigenous nature and biological diversity of Nairobi Park, including its ecosystem to the south, flora and fauna; to encourage and built partnerships with communities bordering the Park; to influence opinions and decisions concerning activities and events which might have detrimental effects on the Park’s wildlife dispersal area and its biological diversity.

    Nairobi National Park (117 km²) was founded in 1946 at the northern edge of the semi-arid Athi-Kapiti Plains bordering Nairobi. The Plains are the wet season dispersal area for a large number of wild animals migrating seasonally from and to Nairobi Park. Nairobi Park is the indispensible protected core area and drought refuge.

    FoNNaP’s most important activities:

    Consolation Scheme
    FoNNaP pioneered a very successful Consolation Scheme which pays for livestock killed by lions, leopards, cheetahs and crocodiles in the so called ‘defined ecosystem’, an area of about 2000 km² south of Nairobi Park, a consolation fee of KSHs 15,000/- for a cow or calf, regardless of age or condition, KSHs 5,000/- for a donkey and KSHs 2,500/- for a sheep or goat. The necessary funds are raised from local companies through the African Heritage Day especially created for this purpose by Alan Donovan. Raised and paid out funds since 2003: KSHs 8 million.

    Since inauguration of the programme no lion was killed. In the opposite, Maasai have become the custodians of the lions, monitor and report their movements and are also more tolerant to the plains game, the natural prey of the wild predators. More wildlife – less predation! A great success. The Scheme needs to be extended to protect the last 3 or 4 free roaming lion prides in the greater ecosystem.

    Wild Dog Programme
    The re-appearance of the wild dogs ‘from the dead’ after an absence of 20 years end of 2006 made it necessary to secure the survival of this most endangered carnivore. FoNNaP took on the challenge well aware of that this species needed to be protected over its range, an area of more than 6.000 km², the so called ‘greater ecosystem’. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) funded part of the programme. But for 2008 funds are not available. Paid out so far: KSHs 3 million.

    Nevertheless, and that is a phenomenal success, people who lost livestock to the wild dogs in the greater ecosystem trust in FoNNaP waiting patiently for being paid, in the meantime

    protecting and reporting wild dog (and lion) movements! Outstanding amount: Almost KSHs 2 Mio.

    Each of the Consolation Programmes need an Endowment Found of KSHs 50 Million to become sustainable.

    Scouts
    Both Consolation Programmes are accompanied by a Community Scouts Programme. It gives Maasai youth the opportunity to learn about wildlife conservation. The Scouts watch out for poachers, signs of poaching and investigate incidents. They remove snares and alert people to keep extra watch if lions or wild dogs are around. The Scouts report to KWS and FoNNaP.

    More Scouts are requested by the communities throughout the greater ecosystem. Training opportunities have been offered but no funding could be secured so far. Our present 12 Scouts work for an airtime of 3000/- Sh a month, an absolutely insufficient amount. The programme needs funding until it can be gradually taken over by the proposed conservancies.

    FoNNaP’s membership, >200 and rising, is composed of Nairobi residents, Maasai from the Athi-Kapiti Plains, some over-seas members and about a dozen corporates. It is a small but highly effective organization.

    26/8/2008

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