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A curious cheetah climbs on the hood of a car on safari at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Photograph by Nicola Ferris


Last year, Ami Vitale photographed these Samburu warriors from Sera who had never seen rhino prior to visiting Lewa. They were completely mesmerised by our baby rhino Nicky, Hope and Kilifi, and couldn’t wait to have the rhino reintroduced to their land.

This dream has now come true - yesterday, theNorthern Rangelands Trust, Lewa and the Kenya Wildlife Service began to move black rhino to the newly established sanctuary at Sera Community Conservancy. This ground breaking move will not only have the rhino living on Sera after such a long time - it will also make this community the first in Kenya to be directly responsible for the protection of this critically endangered species.

The rhino will be protected 24/7 by Sera’s community rangers who have been trained by Lewa, NRT and KWS in rhino protection. They will also have daily support from Lewa and NRT’s anti-poaching units.

info from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya is hand-raising three orphaned baby rhinos; Nicky, Hope and Kilifi. Baby rhino Hope was rescued by rangers when the poachers killed his mother - now he is being taken care off 24 hours-a-day. The wildlife reserve hit the headlines when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton there in 2010.
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BIG Rewilding News!

From Lewa Wildlife Conservancy comes news that a bold and enterprising pachyderm named Tony has made rewilding history in Kenya.  On the night of January 1, 2011, Tony took charge, leading several young males through the new elephant underpass on the Cape-to-Cairo highway, opened only four days earlier.  His act of bravery has effectively re-forged a long-blocked link between the Samburu elephant population (of around 7,500) and those living on Mt. Kenya (around 2,000).

The 15-foot-high tunnel, brainchild of the Kenya Wildlife Service, will be closely monitored in coming days, as Save the Elephants follows Tony and his friends, now sporting radio collars.  Built with $1 million in donations, including a quarter of a million from Virgin Atlantic’s Richard Branson, the underpass may breathe new life into this crucial Mt. Kenya wildlife corridor.

Congratulations, Tony, and thanks to everyone in Kenya who made this happen!

Photo of young elephant at Lewa: Caroline Fraser


38-year-old Solio is the oldest rhino on Lewa and was one of the black rhinos that formed Lewa’s pioneer population. 

Over the years, she has birthed 10 rhinos and her family tree extends to 4 generations. Currently, over 40 rhinos can be traced directly to Solio! 

Spotting Lewa’s majestic ‘dame’ is always a delight and she reminds us all of the life that rhinos should lead - long and healthy, free of poaching. 

Click here to find out more about black rhino conservation on Lewa - 

photo and text from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Simon's Report 8: Teaching with Analogies

Monday: Ntugi Secondary
I met with the Computer Club members and tried to explain the working of the central processor by use of a simple analogy: That of people going to the cinema.  In this analogy…

  • The queue waiting outside represents the mass of data stored external to the central processor.
  • In the queue line, there are a certain number of patrons that can be accommodated at one time to pay for their tickets.  This represents the transfer of a block of data to the central processor.
  • These people then pay for their tickets one by one and this explains the interaction of data with the program or, as it is called in Sugar, the ‘activity.’
  • After paying for the tickets, the patrons are moved into the hall where they can watch the movies. This represents the processed data which is moved ahead for storage.
  • And, as all  this is going on, the manager is standing by, regulating the flow of people from the queue, making sure the ticket-issuing goes on properly.  He records anything that goes on wrong. This is analogous to the control unit function.

This analogy helped the students to have an idea of the laptop’s working before they get to know its real functioning.

Tuesday: Ngarendare Secondary/Lewa Primary
At Ngarendare, I had time with teachers whom I helped prepare their time table and duty rosters using the Abiword. They saved these documents to a USB flash-disk belonging to a teacher and I had them print out as hard copies for use in school.

I then proceeded to Lewa Primary whereI had the teachers practise on the Gnumeric spreadsheets that they had learn‘t about the previous week. On this day, I taught them how to copy and paste the contents of the columns and also how to find totals and the mean of the data. They also learnt the auto-filling function so they wouldn’t have to repeat the formula in all the cells where the totals are required. We then worked on how to insert rows and columns and how to sort the data.

Wednesday: Subuiga Primary
Today it was raining terribly and I was challenged just going to the place… but I remembered the times, when I was younger, when I used to walk to school in the rainy season and I recalled a day when I had been rained on all the way from home to school … and thought that the day for Subuiga was actually better!

I taught the teachers to switch from Sugar to Gnome and back and tested them to see how much they could remember - but they had no difficulties at all! I also taught them about the Tuxmath activitiy in Sugar and how it could help the students who had problems in arithmetic. They saw how simple the game was to learn and use, and that it had different levels for different classes.

Thursday: Conservation Education Centre
Today was Heroes Day (or Mashujaa Day), the Kenyan public holiday for celebrating the heroes who fought for our independence.

Friday: Leparua Primary
I arrived some minutes to lunch and had to wait for the end of the lunch break. The afternoon lesson was very short since it stared at 2:00 pm and endeed at 2:30 pm when the truck arrived. I am arranging on how the session can be extended by trying to organize the teachers to minimize the time they take for their lunch.

Post by Simon Mwangangi

What Rhino Poaching Looks Like

Sorry to post this disturbing photo, but rhino poaching continues, striking even the well-guarded and fenced Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in north central Kenya.  When I reported on Lewa for Rewilding the World, not a single rhino had been lost.  Since then, however, Lewa lost two black rhino to poaching in 2009.  Then, in October 2010, Stumpy, one of Lewa’s founder black rhinos and a female who had reached an incredible forty-one years of age after bearing numerous calves, was brutally killed.  She was found with her horns hacked off.

Matterhorn, the eight-year-old white rhino pregnant with her second calf, pictured above, was killed April 4, 2012, and her horns removed.  Her three-year-old calf, June, was injured in the attack.  For photos of Stumpy and Matterhorn in happier days, see here.

I have no doubt that Lewa’s security team will track down those locally responsible, but the real culprits are China, Vietnam, and other Asian countries where governments collude in the wildlife trade.  To help stop rhino poaching, support Lewa.  Learn more about what you can do at SavingRhinos.org.

Photo:  Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Scared Elephant Trapped In Mud Knew He Was Safe When Help Arrived
Alone, its easy to feel powerless, but united, the seemingly impossible can be done. That's the lesson a giant bull elephant taught a community in northern Kenya this weekend by bringing them together to set him free. On Saturday, the weak and dehydrated elephant was discovered in a muddy well in Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, having become stuck in the "tar-like" pit the night before.
By Hudson Hongo

Really great story.

Judy's Report 5: Introducing Turtle Art

Monday: Ntugi Secondary

At Ntugi Secondary we reviewed last term’s work on the Fototoon Activity. The students were able to remember all the icons,use them appropriately, take the photos of different sizes and create speek balloons on the already taken photos. And everything was successful.

Tuesday: Lewa Conservation Education Centre

At the CEC, we had kids from Tharagwene Primary. They went for game drive in the morning and in the afternoon they were back at the CEC, doing a wildlife test using the OLPC laptops. I set for them the Speak Activity then introduced them to the XO.  I taught them how to use the keyboard to answer the questions and the lesson was successful.

Wednesday: Lewa Conservation Education Centre

Today, we had kids from Premise Primary. I introduced the kids to the computer by showing them how to use the keyboard then I launched Gnome so they could use AbiWord and type something. The kids were able to type the names some of the animals they saw at Lewa during the game drive.

Thursday: Ntugi Secondary

I was at Ntugi Secondary flashing the machines.

Friday: Leparua Primary

At Leparua, I introduced the pupils to a new activity, Turtle Art. I taught them how to draw using the commands blocks given.

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They were able to use the Turtle, Pen and the Pen Colour commands to draw objects like circles, squares, and flower.

Post by Judy Kinya

Charity Spotlight: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


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Country: Kenya

Category: Animals & Wildlife

Charity Mission Statement

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat.

To donate and read the full charity profile, click here

Caption: An elephant grazes in the early morning hours on December 9, 2010 in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.

Elephant grazes in Kenyan wildlife conservancy

By Mish Whalen

Accroding to AFP: There has been a sharp increase in elephant poaching in the communities adjacent to the conservancy. Jonathan Moss, director of the Lewa Conservancy stated that the only real way to stem the poaching of elephant ivory and rhino horns in the country is to target the demand. Wildlife officials said elephant poaching has risen sevenfold in Kenya since a one-time ivory sale was approved in 2007 by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, for four African countries. Last year 271 Kenyan elephants were killed by poachers, compared with 37 in 2007 according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Image ©. 2010, Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images.

Greater kudu bull on Lewa’s northern boundary. He was extremely cool and not perturbed at all.

The greater kudu is a handsome antelope that is easily distinguished by the male’s spectacular, spiral horns, which can reach astonishing lengths of over a metre.

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Waiwai and her little calf, Delia, enjoying a nice stroll and browse.

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