ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

OBJECTIVES

1. Educate children and the community in environmental and sustainability studies;

2. Promote the conservation and management of the Maasai tribe, natural resources and surroundings;

3. Promote conservation and care of wildlife;

Natural Stream

'Elephants and humans sharing the limited water available'

 

An article by Fabiola Quesada - Wildlife veterinary fieldwork + training Africa & Co-Founder of Wild Spirit Fund: Wildlife Conservation Medicine Foundation

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​Photos from the Lossimingory village, the images above show the only water left.

Our village is located in a migration transit area between Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks and Ngorongoro Protected Area in Tanzania. Please notice the elephant and other animals tracks on the mud of where the last drops of water remain.

 

This is a humanitarian emergency and a direct threat to wildlife. Water competition between humans and wildlife might bring encounters that can be fatal either way. Here is a clear example of the wildlife-human conflict, and how these desperate situations, if not managed correctly, can quickly incentivize poaching (illegal hunting of wild animals).


Situations like this show the urgency of a waterhole in the village.

The installation of a waterhole close to the school has a positive impact on many levels:

✓ Improving human health and nutrition

    • Clean water for drinking and cooking

    • Piped water for basic sanitation (face washing, toilets)

    • Water for the clinic

    • First school garden

    • Community water for crops

✓ Mitigation of human-wildlife conflict

    • Minimise the risk of encounters with wildlife at the open water hole

    • Having the crops in communal areas allow us to establish an efficient system to protect them against elephants and other herbivores.

    • We provide water; we help them preserve their food supply; they help us protect the elephants. The community understands the value of collaboration in wildlife conservation.

✓ Women's empowerment

    • Avoid the hard work of women and girls collecting water at a distant point.