Come on the biodiversity walk meeting at 630 am on Saturday 3 February at Kenya Wildlife Services offices at the Gede entrance to the forest.
Come on the biodiversity meeting at 630 am on Saturday 20 January at Kenya Wildlife Services offices at the Gede entrance to the forest.
Today (4 December) RedEarth Fixers started filming the educational film for children living around the forest sponsored by African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.
Director Miranda Grant and her crew have taken the stars of the show, two local children Nickson and Doris Nyule into the forest for the first day of shooting.
After meeting at the KWS offices Gede entrance this, the last organised biodiversity walk in the forest for 2017, will be at the Mida side of forest close to Jamii Villas.
Following the excellent reception of the 15,000 leaflets, sponsored by African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), earlier in the year it became clear the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke need to continue to enthuse the youth and create young champions around the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. We brainstormed with the teachers and they felt an educational film would be an ideal next step, which we are doing. Again AFEW are supporting the project being produced by Charlotte D’Olier of Redearth Fixers and today film director Miranda Grant came down to the forest from Nairobi to audition 16 young children. One will be chosen to be the hero of the 10 minute film showing a celebrity around the forest.
Various Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest visited the swamp over the weekend and saw over 70 elephant. Thanks to Karin Duthie of Neem House, Malindi for the photographs and to Sammy Safari for looking after them.
A few Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest including our chairman Tukero Ole Kina, his wife Lucy, Dr Joekes Goslinga from Holland and Charlie Grumbley from England were privileged to walk in the forest on Saturday 16 September with Mzee David Ngala and KWS researcher Lynn Njeri.
As well as seeing very fresh elephant footprints we saw 26 species of bird, including a Zanzibar Red Bishop and flocks of Clarke’s Weavers, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Red Billed Quelea.
The entry fees have come down to enter the forest.
Kenyan and East African Community Citizens
Adult – 200/-
Child – 50/-
Student – 20/-
Adult – 400/-
Child – 50/-
Student – 50/-
Adult – 600/-
Child – 150/-
Student – 150/-
Cars are free
Payment by MPESA at the main Gede entrance
There is a walk in the forest at 6.30am on Saturday 14 October, meeting at the KWS education hall at the Gede entrance to the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.
Please bring your Friends cards to participate. The walks last about three hours and are gentle strolls stopping to observe flora and fauna.
On Monday 10 July senior warden L K Lenguro of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Arabuko-Sokoke hosted an event at KWS Gede to thank Andy Thomas of Captain Andy’s in Watamu for donating three motorbikes via the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke to KWS and one to Kenya Forest Service (KFS) for patrols in the forest. Three bicycles were also donated for patrolling the fence lines.
The occasion was attended by the assistant county commissioner John Kipsiwa, senior forester for Gede station Elvis Fondo, assistant director of KWS for the coast Mohammed Kheri, senior KWS warden for Malindi Jane Gitau, Francis Kagema of Nature Kenya, Andrew McNaughton and Deborah Goodhart of Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke, Charo Ngumbao of Gede Commmunity Forest Association Watamu Against Crime and others.
The assistant county commissioner handed the keys of the motor bikes to the community scouts who are assisting with the patrols.
In his absence Andy Thomas of Captain Andy’s was thanked profusely for his generosity as was Lissa Ruben from Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke who was also not present and had helped facilitate the bikes and the scouts.
John Kipsiwa, told those gathered that the Arabuko-Sokoke forest was the responsibility of everyone and that all the organisations: KFS, KWS, Nature Kenya, Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke and others must work together as a team to protect this amazing forest.
At the conclusion of the event the assistant county commissioner and the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke were donated with beautiful carved pictures.