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