Support for Sr. Warden, specific initiatives and personnel
Tsavo National Park, established in 1948, is the largest park in Kenya. It was known for its 40.000 elephants and 6.000 rhinos in the 60's. However by 2002 , these numbers had been reduced to around 9,000 elephants and few rhinos as a result of drought and rampant poaching. At the same time tourism was no longer possible in the bulk of the park area due collapsed infrastructure, overgrown airstrips and poor security. Without WildIze support, Danny would not be able to continue his critical work.
WildiZe provides funding to support park staff responsible for maintaining animal security, antipoaching and overall park welfare and general maintenance. Over the years, these funds have been instrumental in maintaining elephant water catchment tanks, ranger training, providing K9 patrol units and aircraft surveillance used in anti-poaching initiatives and maintaining the integrity of the rhinoceros sanctuary, road repair and ranger housing.
WildiZe Foundation's goals are to help park personnel reduce or eliminate large scale poaching and improve infrastructure. WildiZe also participates in educating the communities surrounding the parks to appreciate the necessity of wildlife and its conservation and erect game proof barriers to keep wild life within the park's boundaries toward reduction of impact and conflict on humans.
With close cooperation and guidance from Daniel Woodley, Sr. Warden of Kenya Wild Services, our funding provided for the following projects:
Animal monitoring/look out facility
Installing solar lighting at waterholes
Ranger housing repair and re-roofing Equipment
General support for rangers and Tsavo Projects
Construction of waterhole observation points
Construction of Ranger's houses
Holding pens for young and injured/orphaned animals
Making and distribution of educational wild life movies
Development of water projects
Setting up anti-poaching units and tracking stations
Equipment for game rangers
Maintenance of aircraft used for aerial surveys and monitoring of animals
Support for leopard/elephant orphans rehabilitation & wild release
Construction of game proof fence
Building tracker dog kennels
Construction of accommodation for dog handlers
General support to enable Danny Woodley to continue his work toward creating the Tsavo-Ecosystem Area Plan and implement a variety of security programs aimed at protecting wildlife and people
As a result of WildiZe support over the past 6 years, together with other organizations and the Kenyan government, 16,000 km of road has been rehabilitated, 30 airstrips are now operational and for the year ended 2008 Tsavo National Park earned half a million dollars from tourism. Through re-orientation, some of the former poachers are now employed as rangers, helping to protect the very animals they used to hunt! And for now the elephant population is increasing instead of declining, estimated to be around 12,000 in Tsavo from around 9,000 in 2002 - a third of the elephant population in Kenya!
For more information on the Kenya Wildlife Service: http://www.kws.go.ke/