Mara Loita Community Rangers 

 

Mission

The goal of Mara Loita Community Rangers is to assist the local community to improve their standard of living by protecting wildlife and the forest, improving education and creating job opportunities.

Our rangers receive no payment. We only depend on small support from the people we know that they can help a little.

 

Education for Children

Our school’s girls and boys are in a remote area of Kenya. Girls are unable to buy sanitary supplies for their menstruation. In the past, this meant that they stayed home during their periods. To solve this problem, MLCR supports them though our very limited donations, so they can remain in school all month. We would like to include the girls in a neighboring community to this programme. MLCR plans to expand

this program when we have the resources to provide them with books.

Currently MLCR cares for more than 20 orphan children and some that their parents are so poor that they can’t afford to send their kids to school. Due to this situation, many girls end up in early marriages while young boy’s look after cattle for the rest of their life.

 

THE CULTURAL FOREST OF LOITA

Loita is one of the last remaining closed-canopy forests in Kenya. The forest still supports a good number of elephants, pangolins, cape buffalo, hippo, aardvarks, antelopes, zebras, lions, leopards, cheetah, waterbucks, cave hyraxes, yellow baboons, bushbucks, dik-dik and bush pigs.
Loita Forest, or Naimina Enkiyio, is also a home to hundreds of bird species including threatened species such as the Grey-crested Helmet shrike, is also the only Kenyan site 
for the Brown-capped Apalis and also supports such globally threatened species as the red-throated Tit, the Jackson’s widow bird and the Hunter’s Cisticola.

Threats

Loita Forest is targeted by wildlife poachers. Elephants are a particular target since the
hills and canyons of the Loita provide an attractive environment for elephants – and for
the hidden activities of poachers.
In addition, cutting down trees for timber is becoming a major threat to Loita forest.
Large parts of natural forest are gone. There is danger that the forest will come to be
destroyed.


Other Challenges


• Population growth
• Deforestation
• Climate change
• Drought
• Human-wildlife conflicts
• Bush-meat hunting


Indigenous response

Mara Loita Community Rangers is a local scouting team comprised of young local Maasai people working tirelessly to protect Naimina Enkiyio Forest, aiming to disrupt poaching and illegal logging and affirming and extending forest boundaries.
It is staffed by a number of community members who volunteer their time.


Mara Loita Community Rangers also wants to offer community support in the form of education and other basic services. They seek to educate local people about the importance of forest and of coexistence (“sharing land together”) with wildlife.

Deforestation

Mara Loita Community Rangers have taken measures to arrest those caught illegally cutting down trees. The biggest drivers of deforestation in Kenya over the past 10 years have been small-scale subsistence agriculture, clearing forests for charcoal and firewood. However it's important not to understate the impact of forest logging. Cutting trees for logs will shrink the forest and open up vast

areas of Kenya to commercial hunting, leading to a poaching epidemic in some areas.

Planting Trees


Planting trees is one of the world’s most effective solutions to climate change. Trees also combat drought. Drought is a major threat to wildlife and the lives and livestock of the pastoral Maasai. Importantly, the local community is trying to increase forest cover, a
long-term goal.

Droughts


During severe droughts, crops die, animals suffer and die, and people are forced to travel long distances for water. Droughts kill Maasai livestock through thirst and lack of food.

The Maasai of Loita community depend on their animals for survival. During droughts, Maasai people migrate with their
livestock, searching for fodder and water.

People who must walk many kilometers just to find water, and are lucky enough to find it, often drink straight from the source, consuming unclean and untreated water that causes various waterborne diseases. This puts Maasai people of Loita at high risk of
waterborne diseases, with neither hospitals nor dispensaries in the area.

Human And Wildlife Conflict


Human-wildlife conflict occurs when wild animals pose a direct threat to people, crops or to domestic animals. Lions and elephants, zebras and buffaloes are among those that get persecuted, slaughtered, and poisoned. These conflicts sometimes intensify because the government or NGOs delay their response.

Goals and objectives for the project


• To protect the ecological integrity of the Loita Forest using both modern and traditional techniques and knowledge.

• Protect wildlife, the forest, and conserving the natural environment
• To provide knowledge and means to the community for what they lack: drastically improving education and enabling and empowering members of our Maasai community to sustain their own economic development
• Create local job opportunities
• Achieve recognition for Loita wildlife

Unique Approach


We are focused on maintaining the biodiversity integrity of the Loita Forest, which also functions as a “water tower” for the surrounding communities, and we are also focused on community education and jobs.

RANGERS LIFE IN THE FOREST


Being a ranger requires dedication and determination. He /she must cope with dangers that will naturally occur in the wilderness. Rangers deal with dangerous reptiles like Puff adders, spitting cobras and other aggressive animals like the cape buffalo during patrols.
Every ranger wakes up at 6 o’clock in the morning for breakfast and meeting before departure. Carrying heavy outdoor equipment, food, water on their backpacks and walk for nine hours long distances, is a challenge. The rangers sometimes also have to deal
with aggressive poachers and forest destroyers. 

 

About what we do: https://youtu.be/ltLDd2jYHEE
About the forest: https://youtu.be/As350x2Ul6Q
Duties
• Patrols: We patrol four days a week, in different parts of the forest, and we sleep in the
forest.
• Arrest people who participate in illegal forest and wildlife activities
• Work with the communities to preserve/conserve the environment
• Report illegal destruction and poaching
• Collect data

HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR RANGERS; TOOLS TO MAKE RANGERS WORK BETTER


We are also looking for donors to support us on our vision and mission towards forest conservation


• Boots
• Binoculars
• Tents
• GPS
• Drones
• Bush Camera
• Walkie-talkies
• Night-vision goggles
• First-aid Kit with training
• Vehicle for long transportation and wider patrolling

ITEM NAME @ PRICE TOTAL


Land Cruiser 1 @ $40500 = $40500
Night Vision Pulsar helion XQ Tr 1 = 
$1500

Green Camouflage Jungle Uniforms 9 @ $193.58 = $1742.29
GPS 3 @ $583.60 = $1750.8
Drone: DJI Phantom 3 Pro 
2 @ $799.00 = $1598.00
Army Boots 9 pairs $150.99 = $1358.91
Tents 3 Army Canvas green 
tents $975 = $2925.00
Bush Camera 3 @ $94.99 = $284.97
Walkie Talkie Radio 3 @ $63.44 = $190.32
Bushnell Binoculars 4 @ $128.95 = $512.8
GRANT TOTAL $52,363.09

CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone number +254-720-38-7846
Email; maraloitacomunityrangers@gmail.com
P.O Box 319-20500

P.O. Box 16021

617 Belmont Street

New Westminster BC V3M6W6 Canada

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