Kenya and Elephants 2013: A Journey of Discovery

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You are invited to attend a ladies wine and appetizer affair at my home on Friday evening October 4th, 2013 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.

My goal is to gather a “tribe” of women who are interested in learning more about African Elephants and my maiden trip to the greater Tsavo Conservancy Area of Kenya October 10th through November 3rd.

During my trip, I will visit four amazing trusts that I have determined are truly making a difference for these magnificent animals as well as the region. I invite you to include your friends to share a glass of wine with a great group of women. Together we’ll learn about these wonderful organizations, the issues at hand, and how we can make a difference for these magnificent creatures, the people who honor and care for the animals, the land, and Kenya’s future. They need our help.

Please kindly RSVP with total number of guests by Friday, September 27th to elizabethalkhas@yahoo.com. The address of the event will be provided with your confirmation of attendance via email. If you received a Facebook invitation, you can find the address of the event listed there as well.

Rather than bring wine to share, I ask that you bring an item from the requested donation checklist below. I plan to carry all the donated items with me in luggage for the school children of The Kanzi Academy, supported by The Maasai Wilderness Trust. The school children and the Trust would love our support!

And if you are interested in following me as I travel through Kenya, please add your email to my followers list on this site. I hope to be posting images and video of what I see and learn along the way and would love to have you experience it along with me. It promises to be life changing.

Requested Donation Checklist

School Supplies: Book bags, Colored construction paper, Colored pencils, Craft scissors, Crayons, Dry erase markers, Erasers, Glue sticks, Hand held pencil sharpeners, Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil cases/bags, Pens, Rulers, Watercolor paints, Watercolor paint brushes

Flash Cards: English, Alphabet flash cards, Word flash cards

Games/Toys: Bananagrams, Chess sets, Connect Four, Puzzles

Tribesman Guides: Basic Reader Style Glasses (magnification 1.50-2.50) with small LED lights on frame (reading at night as there is no electricity), Airborne Cold Medicine

About the Trusts:

Campi ya Kanzi: Discover the real Africa: the Maasai Mara (600 square miles) offers accommodation for about 5,000 guests (76 acres per guest). Our Group Ranch (about 400 square miles) has one lodge, Campi ya Kanzi, with room for 16 guests (17,500 acres per guest). Here you will be in the real Africa, away from the minibuses and the noisy crowds. Being outside of a National Park you will be able to walk, in safety, escorted by your professional guide and Maasai tracker. www.maasai.com

The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust: MWCT is a pioneering partnership between professional conservationists and dynamic young Maasai leaders who demonstrate how tribal communities can thrive by managing their ecosystem wisely. The trust’s efforts are focused on the Maasai communities and landscapes of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills, within the world-famous Amboseli-Tsavo Ecosystem. http://www.maasaiwilderness.org/

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/

Amboseli Trust for Elephants: The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy. The elephants of Amboseli in Kenya are the most celebrated wild elephants in the world. Since 1972, close observation by Cynthia Moss and her research team has led to intimate knowledge of these intelligent and complex animals.  http://www.elephanttrust.org/

The Tsavo Trust: The trust’s “Large Elephant Monitoring Project” was developed in response to the alarming upsurge in elephant poaching witnessed across Africa over the past 18 months. Working in support of Kenya Wildlife Service’s anti-poaching effort and in partnership with Save the Elephants, the trust seeks to monitor and enhance the protection of Tsavo’s magnificent giant bull elephants within the greater Tsavo Conservancy Area. http://tsavotrust.org/

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