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‘Mikiranyie Nkoroin’

In early May, 2010 I headed to Samburu to lead some primates’ conservation activities. With the help of team from Samburu, we carried out an intensive awareness campaign in Wamba by conducting an elder’s workshop representing the entire district and awareness outreach in two secondary Schools. The workshop was facilitated by two highly qualified natural resources managers from Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. Our clarion call ‘Mikiranyie Nkoroin’ is an appeal to the ‘Moran’s’ to stop killing the Endangered Mt Uarges guereza for its skin. Below are some photos from these events.

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Tom, one of the Facilitators explaining the distribution of de Brazza's monkey in Mathews range

Tom, one of the Facilitators explaining the distribution of de Brazza's monkey in Mathews range

Samburu Primates Project Recieves RSG Booster Grant

The Samburu Primates research and Conservation Project was recently  awarded a $19,000 Grant by the Rufford Small Grant Foundation. The RSG Booster Grant is meant for awareness rising activities in Samburu and does not offset administrative costs or pay salaries. The project targets rare and endangered primates found in remote areas which have not been previously addressed.

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This awareness phase of  the project was preceded by 3 years of groundbreaking field assessments and monitoring, both of which were supported by RSG. We seek to interpret these findings to the local people, raise awareness among the key stakeholders and local communities to promote initiation of community based conservation actions and mainstream primate’s conservation in the ongoing environmental conservation activities in the Samburu. Ultimately the goal is to bring about behavior change to reduce poaching of the Endangered Mt Uarges guereza and enhance protection of the newly discovered de Brazza’s monkey population.

On behalf of the Project team, I want to thank RSG Foundation for this generous support (the third in three years!).

Starting this Christmas, check this blog for regular updates as the team on the ground embarks on an exciting campaign to save the rare and  endangered primates of Samburu.