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Wildlife Works’ First Nursery

As the number of our employees grows, so do the families we support through their employment with Wildlife Works in Kenya. In January 2012, we opened our first onsite children’s nursery for our young parents, so they would have a place for their children to continue to grow and learn while they work to help support their family. Twenty parents are bringing their children to the nursery on a daily basis, and it is wonderful to see all the smiling faces every morning as they arrive.

Mothers Bringing Their Children to the Nursery

There are currently twenty-one kids, ranging in ages from 2 to 5, attending the nursery. With that many children and the range of ages, they are split into two classes. There are eleven kids in one class and ten in the other. This ensures that each child is getting the attention and care they need throughout the day, while also providing a safe place to learn and play with their friends.

A Teacher and Some of the Children in One of the Classrooms

At the nursery, the children’s daily lessons consist of mathematics, language, social studies, science, life skills, creative time, and music which the children truly love. Among their more academic schedule, there are other activities to ensure the children are active and healthy. First thing every morning, the teachers check the health of the kids and since the medical dispensary is within the same compound as the nursery, it is convenient to get any necessary medicine for them that same day.

One of the Children Working on Language Lessons

The children also have physical education (PE) which is a time for them to exercise and have fun playing various games, like leapfrog, dancing, swinging or a good ole race around the compound. After PE, the children have a break for some snacks and time to relax before starting the afternoon’s lessons. Their day ends with lunch and everyone’s favorite from being a kid, naptime. As the children are resting, the teachers are preparing for the next day and getting the kids ready for when their parents come to pick them up from the nursery.

Children Swinging and Playing Footie

It is truly amazing to see each of these children’s faces light up as they arrive at the nursery each day, and just as amazing to understand how much the parents appreciate being able to leave their children at the nursery, knowing that their children are safe and learning while they go off to work and support their families. As the families continue to strive and grow so will the nursery, and we are so thankful to be able to provide a means of education and healthy living for the children.

A Teacher with All the Children at the Nursery

Update on Ijema Funan, Injured Ranger

Ijema was discharged from the hospital last week and for the first time since the surgery is showing no signs of fever. This is fantastic news, as it means that the antibiotics are fighting off any infection.

In fact, Ijema actually felt strong enough to go and do a bit of shopping on his own in the local town of Voi to pick up some bits and bobs. He’s been surprised and somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of visitors he has received, which have kept him pretty busy while trying to rest and recover. He is looking a lot better, and doctors seem pleased with the progress so far, but everyone knows it’s going to be a long healing process.

Wildlife Works continues to spare no expense to care for the health of Ijema and support both families through this tragedy; however, if you would like to make a donation to show support for and help these families continue to recover, you can do so at the following Webpage: Donations for the Family of Abdi Abdullahi Mohammed and for Ijema Funan.

All of us at Wildlife Works would like to thank you for your outreach and support during this terrible tragedy and throughout the healing process. Donations will be collected until Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2012. The donations and your messages will be delivered personally in March by the VP of African Operations, Rob Dodson, who has been overseeing Ijema and both families’ recovery.

Community Newsletter August 2010

This is our second newsletter of a series in which we would like to take the opportunity to inform our neighbors and the local community about the activities of Wildlife Works Carbon (WWC).  Many of you have heard of Wildlife Works Ltd, which has worked at Rukinga Ranch for the last 10 years since February 2000 to provide jobs and protect the environment.  WWC is an exciting new arm of Wildlife Works that aims to access the growing global carbon market for the benefit of Kenyans.


Eric Sagwe (Head Ranger) from Wildlife Works Carbon at a Maungu Clean up Day


MAUNGU CLEAN UP DAY ON 9 JULY On the 9th July a Clean up Day was organized for Maungu Village in conjunction with the District Health Office with funding from Wildlife Works Carbon and drinks from World Vision. 28 Wildlife Works Rangers attended the Community Clean up and help to assist the school children. We also held Community Barazas discussing the REDD Carbon project and the immediate effects plus the longer more positive impact it will have on the communities in the area. Three baraza’s were held in the month of July at Sagalla Hill Upper, and we have arranged through the Chief and Sub Chiefs to have them every other week in all the community areas of Teri, Talio, Kishamba and Ndara sub-locations of Sagalla Hill.

WWC also went to the Kasigau Basket promotion Baraza on the 29 July to support the women’s’ group. On the 30th July another Baraza was held at Bungule. Many thanks to all those that helped support the meetings as well as the community members that came to listen. These meetings are a very important part of our project where we let everybody know what the REDD project is about as well as the getting to know the communities and what their needs are at ground level. By mobilizing the communities  into Development Committees that can bring the communities together to identify and prioritize what they want when the Carbon Funding becomes available in January 2011. The project will be for a 20-year period and annual income from Carbon sales will have a significant positive economic impact on the area Upcoming Barazas in August will be: Kajire on the 2 August,  Mgeno Reserve on 11 August, Kirumbe Primary School on 18August.


During the month of May Wildlife Works Carbon requested a call for partnership with local surrounding communities, the aim of which was to purchase up to 40,000 indigenous trees. A new nursery would have to be built to accommodate them. Due to the persistent water deprivation issues it was decided to locate them at Rukinga Ranch. This would ensure that a reliable water source for the seedlings from the nearby Mzima pipeline, and allow them to be nurtured to a healthy size before being planted out in the surrounding areas.The construction using local craftsmen started in June and will be completed soon. The roof of the nursery is constructed from 60% shadenet, to afford the seedlings ample shade from the sun. The shade net is suspended from highly tensioned wire and steel posts and covers a total area of 2,848 square feet of shade. The furrows are made from over 5,000 stabilized mud bricks that are then plastered to protect from irrigation. Water in being plumbed from two storage tanks and the entire tree nursery had to be  chain link fenced to prevent possible seedling damage from Dik Dik and other herbivores 


Wildlife Works Carbon wish to buy an additional 20,000 small tree seedlings off members of the community in the project area. This will provide a small but much needed income to the people who live here, and will allow us to build up a stock of seedlings in preparation for the new Wildlife Works Carbon green houses and reforestation projects in the community areas. The seedlings should be at least 6 inches (15 cms) tall and can be presented to us in any container ….old water bottles, old plastic bags, or even half a coconut shell! We will collect the seedlings from various collection points around the communities towards the end of October. Collection points will be decided closer to the time.:


15  Shillings for healthy seedlings for the species listed:            10 Shillings for the below species:

Newtonia hildebrandti (Mukami)                                                                                       Melia volkensii (Mukurumbutu)

Manilkara (Mnago)                                                                                                    Acacia Tortillas (Mwagubu)

Brachylanea huillensis (Maribongo)                                                                Delonix  Elata (Mwarangi)

Albizia (Mporozi)                                                                                                         Acacia nilotica (Mchemeri)

Terminalia sp[inosa (Msaghona; Maungo)                                                 Delonix elata (Mwarangi)

Terminalia browni (Mkungu)                                                                               Warburgia ugandensis (Msindiri)

Terminalia prunoides (Mshoghoreka)                                                            Lannae shweinfurthi (Mshiga)

Balanities aegyptica (Mwaghani)


5 kshs for: Leauceana leucocephala (Lusina; Lukina)                            Tamaraindus indica (mukwaju)                                                                        


Community Newsletter June 2010

This is the first newsletter of a series in which we would like to take the opportunity to inform our neighbours and the local community about the activities of Wildlife Works Carbon (WWC).  Many of you have heard of Wildlife Works Ltd, which has worked at Rukinga Ranch for the last 10 years since February 2000 to provide jobs and protect the environment.  WWC is an exciting new arm of Wildlife Works that aims to access the growing global carbon market for the benefit of Kenyans and their environment.



CLIMATE CHANGE may be the greatest danger facing our planet today.  Temperature and rainfall changes risk causing hunger; sea level change risks flooding coastal areas.  Climate change is human-caused due to gases being released into the atmosphere by factories, transport, and deforestation.  These gases, like Carbon Dioxide (CO2) trap the suns heat like a greenhouse, affecting weather patterns.  The bulk of this pollution is created in developed countries; Africa’s contribution to global CO2 emissions is very low.  But, TROPICAL DEFORESTATION accounts for almost 15% of annual CO2 emissions, more than every car, truck, and plane in the world.

In order to combat global climate change, it is clear that deforestation and land degradation need to be addressed in continents like Africa, and that the polluters (primarily developed countries) should help to pay these costs.  CO2 is absorbed by trees, shrubs and the soil.  Where the number, species, and weight of all trees and soil carbon can be scientifically documented, as well as for other living biomass such as shrubs and grasses, these credits can be sold in the international market.  The global carbon market thus aims to sell carbon credits to international companies who wish to offset their CO2 emissions.  This money can go into paying developing countries to protect forests, and reduce emissions due to deforestation and forest degradation.  These payments must be to projects that are certified and independently verified by external auditors.


The United Nations calls these projects REDUCED EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATION AND DEGRADATION (REDD) projects.  Wildlife Works Carbon has established the first, and currently only, REDD project in Africa that has been validated by external auditors.  This is a tremendous achievement, and responsibility, as there are many projects around the world trying to become REDD certified projects.  WWC has been able to sell the largest amount of REDD credits in Africa so far of any NGO or company. The process necessary to prove that a REDD project is genuine is very complex and expensive.  WWC invested these costs up-front.

Obviously, the support and partnership of landowners and local communities is paramount to the success of a project like this.  That is why the theme of this newsletter is ‘ushirikiano’ (partnership).  This philosophy, as set by the Wildlife Works Ltd. Precedent for over 10 years, underpins the work of WWC.  It is especially important to WWC, as REDD projects typically last for 20 years or more.  This means that carbon credit sales are consistent year after year, as long as the forest is protected.

WWC knows that many people depend upon natural resources for their primary livelihoods in the Taita-Taveta area.  The Rukinga-Kasigau Corridor REDD project aims to help people develop sustainable natural resource management as well as alternative livelihood opportunities.  To that end, WWC aims to work closely, and in partnership with, local communities to identify the opportunities for carbon to improve people’s lives.


  • · All the expenses of documenting the REDD Project, getting it audited, selling the carbon units and helping landowners to protect the land from unsustainable uses every year is the role of WWC.
  • · WWC has to scientifically sample the biomass.
  • In partnership with local communities to identify priorities, WWC will invest in community development projects in communities that help us to protect the carbon.



We have now entered into Carbon Easement agreements with 11 Group Ranches in the area.

An easement is the right to use aspects of someone’s property without owning it. A Carbon Easement agreement is NOT a sale of land; it accords the CARBON RIGHTS of an area to WWC. This means that landowners still own their land and rights to it such as tourism and some livestock.  WWC will pay landowners annually to manage their land in a conservation-friendly way.  The easement agreement means that landowners agree to limit logging, over-grazing, charcoal production and agricultural conversion on their land in exchange for an annual payment from carbon sales.  Landowners can freely exit this easement agreement if they so wish, though we at WWC hope this will not be the case!  WWC has hired a number of youths from local communities and purchased new vehicles to help landowners to protect their carbon stocks.  WWC’s ranger teams are lead by Mr. Eric Sagwe, who was born in the Maungu area.

We would like to congratulate our new rangers who were recruited in 2010. Seventy people qualified to become WWC Rangers. We are still building new ranger camps, but already we have taken on the first thirty new recruits:

1. Stephen Mswahilii – Makwasinyi 2. Elemu Lokichari – Miasenyi

3. Simon Kiprop – ex Taita Ranch 4. Boniface Mnyambo – Wworks

5. Nicholas Rono – ex Taita Ranch 6. Dominic Kivuva – Maungu

7. Peter Anelico – Mwatambe 8. Emmanuel Ndurya – Kale

9. Mohamed Abdalla – Maungu 10. Federick Kyalo – Mackinnon rd

11. Joshua Thuranira – Maungu 12. Daniel Ngazi Kombo – Itinyi

13. Jumaa Chiboya- Sasenyi 14. Chrispin Mazoza – Mwatate

15. Paul Msheshe – Sagalla 16. Evans Mwachoki – Maungu

17. Ayub Lalo – Mackinnon rd 18. Omari A Wanjala – Maungu

19. Stephen Mwalimo – Kibaoni 20. Jackson Ngiyo – Marungu

21. Peter Nyamoko – Lockichogia 22. Moses Lorewa – ex Taita Ranch

23. Lalo M Lalo- Mackinnon rd 24. Mohamed Rai – Sasenyi

25. Cassian Mwakio – Maungu 26. Hassan Lugwe – Sasenyi

27. Augustine Mjomba- Buguta 28. Michael Mulonzi – Itinyi

29. Davis Mwakuro – Rukanga 30. John Lopeyo – Samburu

Future Progress


The Ranches that have signed up to Phase II REDD are Kambanga Ranch, Dawida Ranch, Wushumbu Ranch, Amaka Ranch, Taita Ranch, Wangala Ranch, Sagalla Ranch, Ndara Ranch, Mgeno Ranch, Maungu Ranch, and last but not least, Kasigau Ranch.


Currently, Carbon Plot teams are collecting data for every ranch to see how much Carbon is in each Ranch. At the end of 2010, WWC hopes to sell the carbon credits on the market just like gold or coffee.  The money raised will be used to pay landowners, cover WWC’s costs and invest into communities in 2011 and beyond.


The next step is that WWC will be holding barazas with communities to provide regular feedback about WWC activities and to seek input into community development priorities that could be supported from 2011.  Funds will be limited but we hope to support projects that will benefit the most people and help to protect the carbon.


Please feel free to contact us at Wildlife Works Carbon with any advice, suggestions or concerns.  WWC can be contacted through:


Mr. Lenjo Lauren, Community Manager Mobile 0722 281 851

Ms. Lara Cowan, Carbon Office Mobile 0752 474717

Mr. Rob Dodson Director Mobile 0722 530024

Main Office 02080 30575

P O Box 310 – 80300 Voi



Karibu means Welcome in Swahili.

This is the pre pre relaunch blog of Wildlife Works, which was started in 1997 by the visionary Mike Korchinsky.

Wildlife Works Sancuary

Mike’s first trip to Africa for vacation 14 years ago launched him into a lifetime’s work to save Africa’s wildlife. He saw a cycle of violence between the rangers, poachers and wildlife that prevented any chance for long-term, sustainable solutions for the community. He quit the consulting company he started and sold, purchased 80,000 acres of land in East Kenya to build his vision for Wildlife Works, an apparel production company advancing economic and social solutions for communities where wildlife survival is threatened.

Currently, over 500,000 acres of land in Rukinga is under Wildlife Works’ protection and over 200 jobs have been provided, making Wildlife Works the largest job provider in the area of 45,000 residents.

We will be posting stories from the African bush where we are catching poachers, building schools, rehabilitating wildlife, saving trees and challenging the limits in sustainable fashion design.

Visit us often. Our new website, designs and Facebook page coming soon!


Protecting + Forests + Wildlife + Community since 1997.

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.