In April 2018 Alia Moller joined our team. She has been putting together excellent monthly reports for our funders and stakeholders. From this month we have decided to put each monthly report on our website for the public, as well as our supporters, to see the work Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest are doing to protect this amazing forest.
On Saturday 12 May students of Mzizima Primary School and Mida Secondary School on the edge of the Arabuko-Sokoke forest came together with foresters from Kenya Forest Services, the staff of the Kenya Forest Research Institute and the community forest associations to plant over 1,000 trees in the areas as part of the national event, whose theme was ‘Panda Miti, Penda Kenya’,
Following the planting of the trees the guest of honour the district commissioner told the children that these trees must be nurtured and not just forgotten once the day was over.
Mzizima Primary School has an active environment club and the students recited a poem they had composed on the importance of trees and the Arabuko-Sokoke. Their inspiring teacher, the deputy head was busy planting trees too.
Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest have bought a 35hp Massey Ferguson tractor and in partnership with Captain Andy’s Fishing Supplies have had a custom made tractor trailer built to carry out a wide range of tasks in the forest, including transporting people (our 10 scouts, two KWS rangers and two KFS rangers), providing and restocking water, food, fuel for motorbikes and transporting findings such as building poles, charcoal etc. Four water tanks have also been procured (each carrying 1000 litres), meaning water can be transported with the team allowing longer periods spent in the forest without the need to restock supplies.
As the last walk was rained off there will be another biodiversity walk at Mida Creek on Saturday 17 March. Meet at Kenya Wildlife Service offices at 0630am or if more convenient wait for the group at the Mida boardwalk.
We are very happy and proud to be sharing ‘Arabuko-Sokoke – Securing Our Future’; a short film we have made with award-winning Director Miranda Grant and production company RedEarth Fixers.
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is one of the most unique and beautiful forests in Africa and home to many species of plants, animals and bird species found nowhere else on earth.
But unfortunately, unrelenting threats and challenges are putting the future of the forest in severe danger. From the recent search for oil and gas to the rampant illegal logging and poaching the forest is being destroyed from within at an alarming rate.
The film, which will be shown at schools adjacent to the forest, aims to educate local children of the dangers facing the forest and inspire them to champion its future preservation.
Special thanks go to African Fund for Endangered Wildlife for funding the project.
(The film has also been recorded in Swahili – https://youtu.be/ttjxPpLJFbQ)