First Aid for The Frontlines
It is well known that park rangers in developing countries have little or no access to adequate training. Despite this knowledge, we were still quite shocked to find out many rangers in Kenya have never received First Aid training- even though they are in one of the most high-risk jobs in the world.
With over 1000 rangers having lost their lives in the line of duty in the last decade, the critical life skills of First Aid are invaluable.
At Walk With Rangers, we made a commitment to change this. Considering the challenges of language barriers, and access to proper First Aid materials- we partnered with a local medic to develop a simple yet effective module that will ensure rangers easily execute their First Aid training when necessary.
Our training program covers key elements required in a medical emergency- from scene management to practical First Aid.
We have so far trained over 200 rangers from 6 different conservancies, 3 organisations and the Kenya Wildlife Service government parastatal as well with the help of our volunteer medic team.
Urban Wildlife Rescue
Even though Kenya is rich in biodiversity in it’s wilderness areas, there is still a thriving population of wildlife in the heart of the capital city, Nairobi.
There have been numerous sites demarcated for public or private development that have heavy undergrowth and tree cover in Nairobi city. With the wanton cutting down of trees that have stood the test of time over the last 5 decades or more, there is always the risk of live species being affected. We have found that critical species are still residing within Nairobi and are working hard to bring this to the attention of our government to consider protecting micro-habitats.
As we work towards this, we have been conducting emergency Urban Wildlife Rescues all over the city- with our mobile number posted on all social media platforms as a wildlife hotline.
We note with concern that many of the live species rescued are critical to the well-being of the ecological balance around Nairobi. We have previously rescued African Goshawks, sunbirds, Jacksons’ chameleons, Brown house snakes, blind snakes and various owl species to name but a few.
We have developed a strong network of specialists and work with them to ensure each rescued animal is taken into proper care and released upon recovery in any case of injury.
In some cases of course, the injuries sustained may be too severe and we assist to the best of our capacity in the continued care and support of these animals.
Wildlife Rapid Response
Walk With Rangers focuses primarily in remote regions of Africa that need urgent conservation attention. Our chosen project location is nestled within thick indigenous forests teeming with wildlife. Sadly, it is also under constant fire from cattle rustlers, tension from various political and ethnic factions, and a militia.
A stronger and more consistent presence of game rangers in any area has shown tangible results in the aversion and effective reduction in poaching activities. It is for this reason that we have joined hands with the Kenya Wildlife Service to further enable our community rangers in mitigating poaching and securing critical populations of wildlife.
We hope to soon see the results of wildlife rejuvenation from the rampant and unprecedented levels of bushmeat and trophy poaching, as well as environmental degradation.
Waya – Jewellery from Wire Snares
Tied into a knot on a tree, and neatly twisted into a loop of death, wire snaring has become one of the most rampant poaching methods in Africa for wildlife today. These wire snares don’t only catch plains game, they severely maim and kill indiscriminately- and that includes endangered species.
Today, dozens of elephants roam the savannah with severed trunks and slit ears due to wire snares. Countless big cats have had to be put down due to wire snare injuries being too severe to treat, and even some rangers have accidentally walked into these simple yet deadly contraptions.
‘WAYA’ is our way of preventing poaching by snares and protecting wildlife further.
Our signature pieces are handmade by women directly related to rangers in Kenya. The pieces are accentuated by a leaf-shaped charm made with real snares recovered from anti-poaching operations all over Kenya. We selected the leaf as a symbol of life, to give hope to Africa’s wildlife and their heroes, the rangers
Making a purchase not only supports rangers families, women empowerment, and community enterprise; but also ensures the endurance of wildlife in Africa for future generations.