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.