Providing radio equipment to Maasai in Amboseli

Amboseli elephants will be safer thanks to new communication equipment provided to the Maasai by IFAW.Luca Belpietro, founder and executive director of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT), praised the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for funding an overhaul of the radio communication equipment at the Kuku Group Ranch in Amboseli, where the Trust is situated.

“It will be transformational for our operation,” he said.

According to MWCT Conservation Director Iain Oliver, “the radio system will have an immeasurably positive effect on our conservation programs and law enforcement activities within this [Amboseli] area.”

The overhaul of the equipment will increase the communication capacity of the community rangers at the Kuku Group Ranch and in other partner organizations including the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Big Life Foundation (BLF), strengthening information collection and improving coordination of anti-poaching and security operations within the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem under the auspices of tenBoma.

Better communication amongst rangers will allow for swift reactions and deployment of backup when poachers are encountered and better response times to human-wildlife conflict situations.

We anticipate that the partnership between MWCT and IFAW through the tenBoma initiative will continue to bring many successes in the quest to make wildlife and people safe in this iconic African landscape.

--JI

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