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‘to Sera with love x’ - one man’s dream of returning rhino to the northern frontier of Kenya.

In the1970’s there were elephant, black rhino and Grevy zebra in abundance throughout the vast northern frontier district of Kenya. In 1977, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda announced a ban on all forms of game hunting and as the hunting parties withdrew, so the lawless bandits from Somalia moved in. By 1984 there were no rhino left in the Mathews range of Kenya, home to the Samburu people. The mountain range is a ‘sky island’ surrounded by plains, with Ndoto Mountains to the north and Karisia hills to the west. Elephant numbers had dwindled to a few scattered herds running from thicket to thicket in fear of their lives, and the beautiful Grevy zebra had been eliminated; more than 30,000 animals poached in just eight years. It was uncertain whether any black rhinos would survive in Kenya. Poaching for horn had reduced Kenya's rhinos from some 20,000 in the mid-1970s to a few hundred by 1986. It was clear that the only way to prevent their complete extinction was to create high security sanctuaries. Lewa Downs, a cattle ranch, managed for more than 50 years by the Craig/Douglas family became one such sanctuary. Established by Ian Craig and Mrs Anna Merz (who funded the program). They set about capturing as many stray rhino as they could find remaining in the north, and moved them to the safety of the sanctuary. In 1989 whilst camping in the Mathews mountain range Ian found himself suddenly surrounded by bandits whom he watched, whilst hidden in dense bush, mercilessly set about slaughtering an entire family of elephant, and hack out the ivory from the fresh carcasses. Powerless to intervene and shocked by what he had witnessed Ian vowed to act. As a result of this one horrific incident, and within a very short time Lewa became the headquarters for a non-profit w –  David Chancellor GEO | kiosk

DC 070.49 001 dawn, sera conservancy, northern kenya-from 'with butterflies and warriors'-David Chancellor ‘to Sera with love x’ - one man’s dream of returning rhino to the northern frontier of Kenya. In the1970’s there were elephant, black rhino and Grevy zebra in abundance throughout the vast northern frontier district of Kenya. In 1977, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda announced a ban on all forms of game hunting and as the hunting parties withdrew, so the lawless bandits from Somalia moved in. By 1984 there were no rhino left in the Mathews range of Kenya, home to the Samburu people. The mountain range is a ‘sky island’ surrounded by plains, with Ndoto Mountains to the north and Karisia hills to the west. Elephant numbers had dwindled to a few scattered herds running from thicket to thicket in fear of their lives, and the beautiful Grevy zebra had been eliminated; more than 30,000 animals poached in just eight years. It was uncertain whether any black rhinos would survive in Kenya. Poaching for horn had reduced Kenya's rhinos from some 20,000 in the mid-1970s to a few hundred by 1986. It was clear that the only way to prevent their complete extinction was to create high security sanctuaries. Lewa Downs, a cattle ranch, managed for more than 50 years by the Craig/Douglas family became one such sanctuary. Established by Ian Craig and Mrs Anna Merz (who funded the program). They set about capturing as many stray rhino as they could find remaining in the north, and moved them to the safety of the sanctuary. In 1989 whilst camping in the Mathews mountain range Ian found himself suddenly surrounded by bandits whom he watched, whilst hidden in dense bush, mercilessly set about slaughtering an entire family of elephant, and hack out the ivory from the fresh carcasses. Powerless to intervene and shocked by what he had witnessed Ian vowed to act. As a result of this one horrific incident, and within a very short time Lewa became the headquarters for a non-profit w

David Chancellor for GEO Magazine

The African lion population has declined by 43% in the last 20 years and lions now occupy only 8% of their historical range in Africa. The estimated numbers of lions across Africa are approximately 20,000. In Kenya, the national population now numbers less than 2,000 individuals. At current rates of decline, the species could become extinct here within the next two decades. … read more

This reduction in lion numbers is primarily due to habitat loss and conflict with humans, typically when lions kill people’s livestock. Lions and other large carnivores are wide-ranging species, and designated protected areas are often not large enough to ensure their long-term survival. It is crucial, therefore, that conservation of these species, as well as their prey, is addressed throughout the landscape, which not only incorporates protected areas, but also the surrounding areas where local people live. Ewaso Lions is dedicated to conserving lions and other large carnivores by promoting co-existence between people and wildlife, they work hand-in-hand with local communities to provide education, training and improved conservation practices that help people and wildlife, using sound science to help guide the long-term conservation of lions across community conservancies and protected areas in northern Kenya.

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