Infrastructure is very important when it comes to working with communities and protecting wildlife.
mkomazi national park is in the north of tanzania along the kenyan border. it covers an area of nearly 3,300 square kilometres and the park is in need of continuing infrastructural development.
tusk helped george adamson wildlife preservation trust and #mkomazi national park purchase a bulldozer and a ten ton tipping trailer to help with the development and maintenance of road networks, the excavation and expansion of water sources in the national park and mkomazi rhino sanctuary, the clearing of the fence line for the planned extensions on the rhino sanctuary and to help the #tanzania national parks authority (tanapa) with the fence line clearing for their proposed new rhino sanctuary.
so far these and machines have helped with the development of internal fences and they are now working on a new water source in the superbowl. "the lack of water in mkomazi has always been a perennial problem and anything we can do that might solve this for the wildlife is always worth a go." george adamson wildlife preservation trust
here are a couple of pictures of the bulldozer and a few other machines and people hard at work!
thanks to george adamson wildlife preservation trust for all the work you do and for sharing these images with tusk! .
Introducing ruaha.... 🦁
driven by the fact that lions may now number as few as 20,000 in the wild the team of designers and craftsmen at grant macdonald - silversmiths ltd wanted to create a unique piece to raise awareness and funds to help to preserve this majestic animal. @grantmacdonald
the sale of this sterling silver lion will provide a significant contribution to further the work of tusk.
the silver lion ‘ruaha’ has been named after the large national park in tanzania, where tusk is working in partnership with the ruaha carnivore project. this project is developing conservation techniques for large carnivores in this globally important ecosystem. @ruahacarnivoreproject
the sale of ‘ruaha’ could help lion conservation by ensuring that the salaries of 3 core staff members are covered for 1 whole year!
staff members conduct research, construct shelters to protect livestock at night, manage community benefits and arrange educational visits to the park. these visits increase awareness about the park’s role and its value to the local area.
for more info on ruaha click on the 🔗 in our bio ☝️
Tusk first supported durrell's work in #madagascar in 2006 with a grant to develop the capacity for community co-management of the new lake alaotra protected area.
in 2007, tusk funding was given to help develop a sustainable fishery-monitoring scheme. in the same year, tusk also supported durrell's efforts to protect endangered lemur species in the manombo lowland rainforest.
for 2011 and 2012 tusk increased its level of funding to assist the durrell team in their project to delimitate and reinforce lake alaotra as a protected area.
in 2014 tusk granted durrell funds to help support locals, through community-based conservation and participatory ecological monitoring approaches, to be prepared for the management of new protected areas, including areas such as lake alaotra, nosivolo river, and menabe dry forest.
in 2015, tusk has maintained the level of funding to enable durrell to enhance the engagement of local communities in the management of four new protected areas in madagascar. these most recent funds will support 96 local monitors in alaotra, 96 in menabe, 105 in nosivolo, and 12 in ambondrobe in their work to mitigate illegal activities in the strict conservation areas and no-fishing zones.
thank you, durrell wildlife conservation trust for all the incredible work you do and for this lovely photo. @durrell_jerseyzoo
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Amazing to see a hawksbill turtle heading back to the sea after being released by local ocean trust: watamu turtle watch @localoceantrust
through funds raised by tusk and the safaricom marathon the local ocean trust has implemented the marine environmental education programme in 2017.
through this programme, local ocean trust works closely with 30 local schools and has facilitated visits from each of these 30 schools to the organisation’s marine information centre. this has equated to 724 students participating in educational sessions on the topic of marine waste and pollution.
during their visits, students are also taken on a tour of local ocean’s project site where they can see how the organisation manages, reduces and reuses waste e.g. in gardening projects, biogas production, composting, displays etc. as well as a visit to local ocean’s sea turtle rehabilitation centre.
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thank you local ocean trust for all your incredible work!
thank you @paoloparazzi for such a lovely photo.
Recently the pole pole foundation celebrated their 25th anniversary.
in 2016, the pole pole foundation (popof) was awarded the tusk trust “prince william award”. with the funds awarded, popof launched two projects in and around the kahuzi-biega national park: (1) the first project involved tree planting. popof has been able to develop a tree nursery; the nursery now holds over 125,000 seedlings. the seedlings have been planted in the village of miti; this village sits on the boundary of kahuzi-biega national park which provides much of the habitat for the gorilla groups. 🌱
(2)the 2nd project popof has initiated is the community tourism project. inhabitants around the kahuzi-biega national park have been neighbours to the park for nearly 5 decades. since it was declared a world heritage site only 1% of the communities have seen gorillas in the wild so in light of this popof recently launched their community tourism project. popof used funds from tusk to ensure villagers surrounding the park are taken into the park to see the gorillas in the wild. since its initiation, several groups of villagers - approx 8 people per group - have visited the gorillas in their environment. popof have also made sure that the spouses of the kahuzi-biega national park #rangers have seen the gorillas in the wild, as well as the women and men from the pygmy tribe. as a result, the communities have taken to displaying a banner written in french stating “after more than 4 decades we have seen them - thank you”.
thank you to the pole pole foundation for all your great work with the communities in ensuring the protection of the eastern lowland #gorilla.