Equipping foot soldiers of wildlife conservation
On 11th March 2014, IFAW came to the rescue of the community scouts of the Amboseli Tsavo Game Scouts Association (ATGSA).
The Association headquarters based within the Amboseli ecosystem were in dire need of office equipment and IFAW offered the much-needed support. The equipment donated included among others desktop computers, computer uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units, digital cameras, solar battery, solar panel, printer and, a power inverter all valued at over 4,000 US dollars.
ATGSA was registered in 2003 and consists of over 350 game scouts whose members are drawn from the local communities within 6 group ranches namely Rombo, Kuku, Eselenkei, Kimana, Olgulului and Mbirikani. Community game scouts are an integral part of wildlife and environmental conservation. Though in most occasions ill-equipped, they complement the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in its endeavor to protect and preserve Kenya’s rich wildlife heritage.
IFAW’s donation was handed over by IFAW Field Program Officer Evan Mkala and IFAW Community Liaison Officer Bernard Tulito. Members of the ATGSA board received the equipment and handed it over to the ATGSA Coordinator Abraham Loomuna.