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Better Than Smart.

Posted by in Conservation

It takes more than a great idea to help make a difference in Africa. You need to be better than smart, you need to be shrewd. Know your market, know your limiting factors and know your end user. Simple, but powerful strategic planning can make the difference between just creating excitement about your endeavor and the impact of real results. The following article from Forbes really inspired me to remember to deploy all of the strategic marketing tools that I know work. “When our colleagues studied 439 market-based solutions in Africa,…read more

Put The Judiciary to Work.

Posted by in Conservation

Appeals to improperly sentenced wildlife trafficking cases have the power to create change. Kenya has done it, now Uganda. What we need are “wildlife enforcement legal teams” hired by the head of state to review all current (and perhaps recently closed) cases of wildlife sentencing in county and other courts. They obtain and review current docket of wildlife incidents and cases to determine if the rulings are/were indeed proper. If the magistrate/judiciary in these counties failed or fails to uphold specific CITES or country specific wildlife laws, this team appeals…read more

Our Wildlife, My Responsibility, My Heritage.

Posted by in World Wildlife Day

An Essay by Makena Muriuki (15 years) & Zanelle Wanja (15) Wildlife Conservation Student Group – Naisula International School Kenya Wildlife is the most precious gift we have. They are living, like us. They are dependent on their kind, like us. Most of all, they are an important part of life just like us. Wildlife is not only a gift we have been given but our heritage and most definitely our responsibility. As the saying goes, with wisdom comes responsibility. We as humans were gifted with the ability to recognize what is needed from us and what is…read more

My First Project in Kenya: Naisula Wildlife Conservation Student Group

Posted by in Wildlife Conservation Student Group

My trip to Kenya last October presented me with many subtle nudges that the education of children would be a key long-term strategy to aid and protect the country’s wildlife and the environment. While I had many important meetings during my trip, there was one at Campi ya Kanzi that was more important than I realized at the time. While there, I was fortunate to meet the founder and executive director of Naisula School along with a small but strategic group of the teachers. They had arrived at camp for…read more

An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss & MWCT San Diego January 23, 2014

Posted by in Kenya, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

RSVP requested by this Friday, January 17th. Plan to attend a star-studded evening with U.C. San Diego faculty members, the founder of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT), and actor and activist Richard Dreyfuss as they share their perspectives, insights and experiences from visiting and working in Kenya. The evening’s topic will focus on the Maasai living the Kuku Group Ranch. The Kuku Group Ranch is home to roughly 16,000 people and lies in an important migration corridor of around 280,000 acres that is at the base of Chyulu Hills,…read more

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