When a picture says more than just a thousand Words, then is this one 💖!
The kind of treatment that EVERY animal deserves.💚
Did you know that Botswana, Zimbabwe and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) have legalized trade in ivory and animal skins? In many African countries, the elephant is almost extinct.
But there is a tribe in northern Kenya who want to prevent this.
Years ago, these warriors were afraid of elephants. But now they even have an orphanage for little elephant babies.
Innovative Samburu communities in northern Kenya have come together to save orphaned elephants.
The region is home to Turkana, Rendille, Borana and Somali as well as the Samburu – ethnic groups that once fought for the country and its resources until death.
Now they are working together to strengthen their communities and protect the estimated 6,000 elephants that live with them!
The elephant orphanage Reteti, nestled in the gorge next to a crescent-shaped mountain range, is located in a 975,000 hectare thorny bush in northern Kenya and is known as the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust – part of the ancestral home of the Samburu.
It was founded in 2016 by the Samburu. Funding comes from Conservation International, San Diego Zoo Global and Tusk UK. The Kenya Wildlife Service and the Northern Rangelands Trust provide ongoing support.
The 6,000 elephants in this part of Kenya form the second largest population in the country.
Black rhinos are starting to return – a small, carefully guarded population that has been reintroduced to the Sera Conservancy, adjacent to Namunyak, from parks and reserves across Kenya.
Warthog, impala, little kudu, buffalo, leopard, cheetah and reticulated giraffe are also on the rise.
This is Shaba, almost two years old today, the acting matriarch of Reteti’s younger orphans, and she teaches them how to look for food in the wild.
Under the supervision of caregivers, she leads her small herd into the bush outside the protected area, pulls leaves, tastes bark, presses down small trees and takes mud baths (Photo: Ami Vitale, National Geographic)
What happens here in Reteti without much fuss is nothing less than the beginning of a transformation in the way Samburu relate to wild animals that they have long feared.
This oasis, where orphans grow up and learn to be wild so that they can one day return to their herds, is as much about people as it is about elephants.
Yes, they still exist those who protect elephants.
And I mean...Projects like this fill us with joy. Whenever possible, we want to finally see these animals in freedom and joy.
Our great lesson in animal welfare is collaboration and continuity. To be successful, we need to invest in long-term, trustworthy relationships. If an initiative is not strengthened by many groups, the work will not be successful.
Maria and Paul wrote this when we were fighting hard to give Serbian animals a voice; that is why the song starts with ‘Serbia’; just another nation where so much wrong is being done to harm animals. People across the world must unite to be strong and fight the animal abuse.
Uganda sits on vast oil resources, and three companies are ready to drill – in of all places, Murchison Falls National Park. A Chinese construction company is already expanding a road that cuts through the protected area.
Speak out against this disaster in the making!
Murchison Falls National Park is one of Africa’s jewels. Every year, thousands of nature lovers come from all over the world to enjoy the spectacle of the Victoria Nile thundering down the cliffs of a narrow gorge.
This could soon be history if France’s TOTAL, UK-based Tullow Oil and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) were to drill 419 wells in the region and extract 200,000 barrels a day. They would also build a refinery, an industrial zone and a 1,445-kilometer pipeline-the longest in the world-to the harbor of Tanga in Tanzania.
Tullow confirmed the commercial viability of the oil blocks in 2006 but a final investment decision has been delayed multiple times.
In early 2019, China Communications Construction Company(CCCC) started expanding a dirt track through Murchison Falls National Park used mainly by safari tourists, widening and paving it for heavy vehicles. The road expansion will fragment the national park and cut off wildlife corridors. Environmental activists are convinced that the only possible purpose for the road is to serve the oil industry.
CCCC is one of the biggest construction companies globally. Its projects are textbook examples of how China initiates, finances and realizes major undertakings that run roughshod over the local environment in numerous countries.
Resistance is growing in Uganda: environmentalists and civil society are calling on the government to protect the environment and the livelihoods of ordinary Ugandans from the fossil-fuel industry.
International pressure can be successful, as the cancelation of a hydroelectric dam project close to Murchison Falls has shown. Now our aim is clear: Save the Murchison Falls region – tell Uganda to keep the oil in the ground!
Murchison Falls National Park was established in 1952 and covers an area of 3,878 square kilometers. Scientists have counted 144 mammal, 51 reptile and 755 plant species in the region’s savanna ecosystems, which also includes the Budongo, Bugoma and Wambabya protected areas.
Oil in Murchison Falls National Park – the companies involved
The oil reserves are estimated at 6.5 billion barrels. Between 2011 and 2012, TOTAL and CNOOC each acquired a 33-percent share from the stakeholder, UK-based Tullow Oil.
A number of nature conservation and human rights organizations are already fighting against TOTAL, complaining of land grabbing, the loss of the livelihood of many local people and impoverishment. Les Amis de la Terre France and others are filing a lawsuit against the oil company in Paris, referring to a law on corporate responsibility that also applies to foreign subsidiaries.
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is the third largest oil company in the People’s Republic of China. It mainly operates in Africa, Iran and more recently in Europe and North America. The company is 70 percent state-owned.
The Export Import Bank of China is involved in the destruction of the Murchison Falls National Park as a financier. The cost for the construction of three “national oil roads” has been estimated at around €485 million, of which 85 percent (€410 million) will be covered by a loan. In addition to CCCC, two other Chinese companies are involved.
According to environmentalists, the start of construction by CCCC is illegal. For example, it is unclear whether an environmental impact assessment has been carried out. During two public hearings on the Tilenga project, it became apparent that numerous regulations had been violated.
Environmentalists compare the construction of roads to opening a Pandora’s box of environmental evils and draw parallels to the spread of cancer cells. Satellite images show how, after a road is opened between population centers, numerous side roads soon branch off into the countryside in a herringbone pattern. These are both official and unofficial roads, some of which are built by logging companies.
Roads open previously inaccessible areas to agriculture (farms, plantations, cattle feedlots), logging, mining, poaching and settlement. Many of the threats to rainforests are associated with the construction of roads. In the tropics, 95 percent of all deforestation takes place within five kilometers of the nearest road.
Uganda already confirmed the existence of huge commercially usable oil reserves around Lake Albert along the western border in 2006.
Tullow Oil, listed on the British stock exchange in France, and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation jointly control three oil blocks in Lake Albert, a huge stretch of water on the Ugandan border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
That would be enough to make Uganda an important player in the African oil industry. At least that is the hope of the Ugandan government wich says: “The discussions on ton the various issues are ongoing and we hope to reach an agreement very soon.”
But 13 years after the first discoveries were made, Total said it was stopping technical work on the oilfield and pipeline project following the collapse of a deal to buy additional equity from Tullow and the failure of talks with the Ugandan government to agree legal terms for the investment.
Now the pressure of the public has to be intensified so that this project, which has been postponed several times, does not arise.
Because from our experience in exploiting this continent by white collar criminals from abroad, we know, that the “man on the street” in Uganda – as happened in Nigeria and Angola – will be exploited and bled.