Upping their Game | WWF Kenya

Upping their Game

Posted on
06 September 2018
WWF-Kenya Wildlife programme has been supporting the Maasai Mara conservancies’ management through scout training in order to build capacity of the conservancy scouts. To date, more than 200 community scouts have undergone training in supervisory skills, law enforcement and on the use of various emerging technologies on wildlife management.

Wildlife conservancies and privately owned land in Kenya host close to 70% of all wildlife in the country. It is for this reason that communities co-management of wildlife on behalf of the government of Kenya is important. Community Scouts are effectively these wildlife first-line of defense.

Recently a total of 37 rangers drawn from the Maasai Mara National Reserve and 16 conservancies in the greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem underwent training on topics ranging from drill and discipline, field craft and anti-poaching tactics, crime scene management for first respondents, The Wildlife Act, 2013, importance of daily physical fitness routine and standard operating procedures among others.

The skills will aid the rangers in effectively mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, enhance tourist and community security, environmental protection and fire management and most importantly in supporting verification of compensation claims. The joint training also serves to improve wildlife related communications between conservancies and assist conservancies build strong partnerships that overall result in marked reduction of poaching and HWC within the conservancies.

Mr. Maurice Nyaligu officiating rangers’ graduation at Koiyaki GS & Rangers in class

Rangers carrying out Pace stick drills at KGS Playground

NCG representative addressing the rangers during graduation ceremony at KGS

Mr. Lokitela during Wildlife Education lesson to the Trainees at KGS