Monthly Archives: September 2015

Environmental Education For the Youth Through Sports

The highest percentage of environment destruction through poaching bush meat and charcoal burning involves mostly youths. Wildlife Works has developed many programs to educate young community members about eco-friendly alternatives such as eco-charcoal, growing trees seedlings and other environmental initiatives. These education and training programs, which are proposed by the community, are funded by carbon sales within our Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project as well as by donations from our partners and customers.

In early September 2014, Wildlife Works launched a football tournament among six county locations within the Kasigau Corridor region, with the objective to educate the youth on protecting the environment and nurturing their talents.

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Before kick off and after every match, Wildlife Works’ community relations managers Laureen Lenjo and Joseph Mwakima, area chief, local leaders and some invited guests gave talks about the facts on climate change and how Wildlife Works is involved in helping the community understand the importance of protecting the forests and wild animals.

Wildlife Works also planted trees during the events and every player was urged to grow tree seedlings and be ambassadors of the environment in his/her location.

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Each county location, which has about eight villages each, held their own qualifying games which were competitive and entertaining. The players were determined to win a ticket for their chance to compete for the main REDD+ trophy.

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In collaboration with the other sponsors including County government, Gaffer, Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Soko Kenya, Qwetu Sacco, Taita distributor LTD, community and local leaders, Wildlife Works hosted the finals at Marasi Primary School in early May 2015. Representatives of Marungu County, Kale fc, emerged as the winner of the 1st REDD+ Tournament at Kasigau Corridor after beating Sogi fc of Mwatate County on penalties 5-3. The 3rd and 4th place went to Mwachabo and Kasigau respectively. The winners were awarded with training kits like balls, socks, gloves, Jerzy, football corns, trophies, medals, certificates and a goat to mark the day.

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Wildlife Works wishes to thank all the participants, fans, leaders, community, and sponsors for making the REDD+ football tournament a success and a great impact to the youth who trained tiresomely for the tournament. We look forward to engaging the youth with more of eco-friendly activities.

Three Baby Cheetahs Abandoned by Mother in Bush Fire

On Sept 19th, a team of our rangers responded quickly to black smoke they saw rising from the bush far from their stations on our Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya.

They arrived at the fire in the lorry with everyone who was available. IMG_2291

Fortunately the wind was blowing softly and the fire was easy to beat out with branches.
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The smoke blacked the sky and the front of the fire was over 2 miles long and took almost 8 hours to put out.
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This is the first cheetah cub we found hiding in the grass near the front of the fire. Cheetahs have a white ridge so that they are hard to spot and it was only the hissing noise this one made that alerted one of our rangers to it being there.
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Henry and Costa cradled two of the cubs as they were taken to safety… Our VP of Ops, Rob Dodson had the other one in the front seat as our Director of Ops, Jamie Hendriksen drove the cubs back to the office. IMG_2300

The cubs were happy to have milk, even from a human baby bottle!
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Foster moms for 14 hours: Sofia, Lore and Cara fed the babies in the tranquil basket room of Rob’s home. The next morning,¬†Kenya Wildlife Services’ came to transfer the cubs to their orphanage in Nairobi, where they¬†will be well taken care of. The Tsavo Trust will soon be launching a local orphanage for our area so wildlife found here can stay in our eco system in the future. We have also identified the mother who seems to be in good health so we are hopeful that she will have cubs again soon.
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Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world’s forests.

Over a 15 year history Wildlife Works established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and communities.

The company helps local landowners in the developing world monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups, or private individuals.

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Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.