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Luck of the Draw…or Complex, Socio-ecological Interaction?

Looking over my field notes after a recent survey of human activities in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest near Matsangeni village—which involved trekking through the forest with David (rather, stumbling along, clumsily trying to keep up with him) for the better part of the morning and afternoon—I was struck by what seemed to me to be an inconsistency: the existence of two significant, yet seemingly contradictory relationships regarding illicit human activities in ASF. The first, and more predictable, is an apparent negative relationship between the extent of human activities and distance from the forest edge. In other words, the further one travels from the forest edge into the forest interior, the less evidence of human activity one usually finds. The second, related to this ‘usually,’ is a correlative relationship between human activities and habitat type. It appears that certain human activities are tightly linked to habitat, or forest, type, and occur regardless of distance from the forest edge.

That day, David and I first followed a well-worn path 2.5 kilometers into the interior of the forest, traversing from Mixed to Brachystegia forest—and finding much evidence of harvested trees, as well as both inactive and active snares. However, around the two kilometer mark, evidence of human activity began to decline and by the 2.5 kilometer all evidence of human activity ceased, even though the path ahead appeared well-worn and recently used. Unperturbed, we re-traced our track to the forest edge, found another well-worn path running in the same direction as the former (south ? north), and set off anew.

We kept to this second path for some time, traversing from Mixed to Brachystegia to Cynometra forest over 3.5 kilometers. However, whereas evidence of human activities decreased with distance from the forest edge on the previous path, evidence of human activities actually increased with distance on this new path, especially in the deepest, Cynometra forest section. There, David and I found evidence of an industrious pole-harvesting operation; there were numerous piles of freshly-cut poles, 5-10 centimeters in diameter. Likewise, the number of snares we located in this section, intended for Duiker, Suni and Bushbuck, more than doubled our day’s total count.

Sitting at the Kenya Wildlife Service offices, I tried to allay my confusion by asking David a clarifying question: Had we been lucky in locating the large amount of illicit human activity on the second path, in relation to the first? Or, was something else at work?

David chuckled. His answer: “Both.”

As anyone who has ever conducted a survey of human activity in ASF with David, much of what is found is done so by chance. Pick the wrong path, and you will be disappointed to find no evidence of human activity. (Or, rather, you will be excited, as this is a good indication conservation is working by serving the needs and interests of the forest-adjacent communities, while providing for biodiversity conservation.)

However, distance from the forest edge, “agency” of the harvester, and the habitat type are significant factors in determining the spatial distribution of illicit human activities within ASF. Generally, evidence of illicit activities decreases with increased distance from the forest edge. This is understandable; the forest is quite dense, and one’s ‘returns’ decrease with the increased exertion that extracting resources from within the forest (e.g. timber from a felled tree) require. However, as David and I found on the second path, this precept does not always hold. Rather, if one is seeking out a specific forest resource, for a specific purpose (e.g. sturdy, long-lasting pole for constructing a living structure), one is apt to disregard distance and increased exertion in order to acquire the specific forest resource. Furthermore, forest resources are not distributed uniformly through the forest as a whole, or even within homogenous sections of the forest (i.e. Cynometra forest, Mixed forest, etc.). For example, due to species-specific requirements (soil type and water content, sunlight penetration, etc.) Manilkara sulcata, which provides poles of exceptional quality, and is therefore highly-sought for building, is found mainly within areas of Cynometra forest. Distance from forest edge and human valuation aside, if the requisite ecological conditions are not met, a certain tree species will not grow in, or a certain animal species will not colonize, that specific area in the forest. Effectively, while space matters, socio-cultural, economic and ecological conditions matter as well (and potentially, even more) in determining the spatial distribution of illicit human activities in ASF.

For us, David explained, this means that its a combination of luck and the above knowledge that enables successful surveys. David certainly seems to possess both, and continues conducting his surveys multiple times a week in an effort to produce more comprehensive records of illicit human activities occurring within ASF for the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Management Team. The hope is that this group of stakeholders will utilize the vast amount of information David provides in formulating more robust, responsive forest management policies. An upcoming meeting of ASFMT will feature David’s data, in GIS (i.e. ‘map’) form; we’ll have to wait to see how the team harnesses it.

FoASF benefits from Darwin Community Based Conservation Film Training

This week I will be in Naivasha for a one week training on making community based conservation films with support from Dr. david Harper of the University of Leicester in the UK and the Darwin Intiative.

The course is am enhancement of a pervious course we did in July, I was among a group of trainees from Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia who participated in the first training where we made community films on various components of the environment, basically this week will be a further editing course to use the same material to make a different film targeting different audiences. at the end of the day these films will be used as an educative tool to community members, policy markers, school children… name it, they will be distrubuted to various organizations and institutions to achieve this purpose.

I left Gede on Friday evening for Naivasha, I had a quick stop over in Nairobi then proceeded to Naivasha together with the Darwin – Leicester team. We arrived at our rendezvous at United Kenya club and left from Naivasha just after 3 pm. The trip to Naivasha was great although I have been to Naivasha many times, I never stop loving it, and its scenery, the great rift valley being one of them, it stretches all the way from Ethiopia all the way down to Tanzania, it is said to be an aftermath of the great tectonic movement when the earth was being formed and what was left was a huge trench that has become a great valley with undulating hills and very beautiful scenery, the look out point stood at about 800ft above sea level, overlooking this great cliff was this massive deep trench with beauty scenery no words can explain this.

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The hills at the escarpments.

The weather here was cool and then slightly moved to cold, the sun was quickly disappearing beyond the clouds and as we continued on at the rift valley the surrounding vegetation was a vast of green carpet, all around was green, green and more green, wow, now I may sound like a tourist yet am not but at this point am proud to be living in such a beauty country like Kenya. The roads were great, smooth and I left like we should just continue driving forever, the traffic was not as bad although Naivasha highway is well know to be a transit point to western part of Kenya hence huge truck filled the road, from oil transporters to flowers exporters name it all sorts of truck could be seen on the highway.

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One of the vehicle we used passing the rift valley.

As we proceeds on among the vast greenness I saw dots of white, at first I did not know what they represented but as we drove close by I actually identified that those dots of white were actually IDP camps (internal displaced people), one of the outcome of the post election violence, it was not a pretty sight as I somehow felt sad that in the midst of all this beauty was these people who have no home and no where to go, that was really sad.

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view from the rift valley.

I slowly drifted away reading the newspaper as the rest of the team was first asleep I guess from the exhaustion of traveling from far one of them was from Tanzania and the other from Ethiopia and our trainer is from UK, the newspaper somehow seemed interesting , well that is you are crazy about Obama as I am or do I say all Kenyans are or is it all Africans, the world.. whatever call it what you may but am sure glad Obama won, for me it represents a beacon of hope that I can make it in life if am determined to and focus on it, it was great reading about him and I guess for the next few months the pare will be just Obama this and Obama that and Michelle this and first family and first dog… ok sometimes it gets crazy so drifting from the Obama maniac from the papers my eyes focus on yet something interesting to me just as we were approaching Naivasha, mount Longonot which is one of Kenya crater mountain could be seen from a distance, again the view was great, as the sun set in the horizon the beautiful shadow it cast made the mountain look more beautiful than I have even seen it. A few meters from that was this small wood lot of eucalyptus trees that ere farmed form timber, I think this is a great idea and reduces pressure on indigenous trees for timber, just farther on the magnificent view of the lake could be seen, Lake Naivasha a fresh water lake in Kenya is well know for its biodiversity from the fish eagle, the hippos and others found in the lake, and before long as I was enjoying the view of the lake, we had arrived to the flower town, Naivasha can be referred to as the flower farm of Kenya as it has the highest number of flower farms, we headed down at south lake where we were to set camp at Kijabe farm in tented camps. We will be here for the next one week and already am liking it, it’s a good feeling begin away from the ocean and forest and enjoying the different weather, as I got to bed I cover myself with two blankest and have two jumpers a very contrast of what I have in the coast, we star the training tomorrow as I decide to hit the sack early to be fresh tomorrow morning.

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Tracing the tracks of the dead man (poacher).

Tracing the tracks of the dead man (poacher).

In an earlier blog I had mentioned the story of the poacher who died in the forest after he accidentally stepped on an elephant snare that was set by another poacher who was targeting to kill an elephant. I later on when to do a follow up of that story and retraced the path taken by that poacher. I started by visiting the dead man’s family, I was taken to his family by some community members. I however did not refer to the dead man as a poacher this was to show some respect to the family. The family gave me their view of what they thought happened. I was also informed that on that fateful day the dead man was accompanied to the forest by his elder brother, his elder brother retraced the last moment and he even agreed to take me to the forest and show me the path where it all happened.

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The household of the man.

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The grave.

We followed the path that the dead man took, as we continued following the path I came across 31 snares they seemed to be snares for small animals such as Sunis, however most of them were dismantled. The path we took lead us to the road from Kararacha to Nyari view point. At this particular spot the elder brother showed me the path that he had marked, it was sort of an agreement between him and his brother on which route not to take. Unfortunately it seemed the dead took a wrong path and ended up stepping on the snare. After stepping on the snare he tried to walk for a while however he could not go far as the poison on the snare was quickly running through his body, he decide to sit down and he asked his brother to go get help, when his brother returned with help unfortunately he was already dead. He quickly went back home to inform the rest what had happened and they found a way to carry his body from the forest.

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Me being shown the path.

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The sign.

When I asked his brother what they were looking for in the forest he simply said mushrooms, I was not full convinced that they were looking for mushrooms, as why would they go deep in the forest to look for that and secondly why would they take the paths that are restricted, and why take the elephant tracks? I kept on wondering this but I did not want to raise it up with his brother as it would be pointless to argue with him on that.

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The brother of the dead man holding mushrooms.

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The mushrooms.

Personally I am very sorry that his brother died, am mostly sorry for his family. However I still feel that they had ill intentions especially where the elephants were concerned. The elephant trap has not been found till now and this poses a big risk not only to the elephants but to those who use the forest daily such as researchers, tourists and even me!

It was helpful to be shown the path and to follow it, we now have a clue where the traps could be located for we also took the GPS coordinates, it just a matter of time before we actually locate the them, in as much as we have a clue where to start from, no one is willing to take the risk of going to look for the traps without the proper equipment for fear of being the next victims. We tend to think that they are many snares in the forest.

As we lack the necessary equipment such as metal detectors to enable us to locate the traps quickly, the snare continue to pose a big risk. We are kindly requesting for your help in purchasing a metal detector and good walking boots, to be used for patrols in the forest, these equipment will assist us to remove the metal snare that are normally targeted for elephants and make the forest much safer for them and for people as well.

Yous David Ngala

Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Conservation Officer.

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Thank you for your help in the forest (more photos)

This is to say thank you very much to all who made the work in the forest possible. We especially want to thank Nature Kenya and all the Nature Kenya members who participated, Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke members, Kenya wildlife service for their support, Watamu turtle watch, A Rocha Kenya and the Arabuko-Sokoke forest guide association. With all your combined effort we were able to achieve a great task of clearing up to 3 Km of nature trail at the Elephant track, it could not have been possible without you. Thank you so much for the time and effort you all put in this.

Long live Arabuko-Sokoke Forest!

Here are some photos to sum it all up!

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During bird watching.

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At the forest.

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Having fun

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At mida creek

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At the tree platform

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More fun!

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saying goodbye…..

Caroline

FoASF Manager

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Day three of forest trail clearing

Day three of forest trail clearing.

That evening as a reward I took the group to visit one of the community based projects of Arabuko-Sokoke forest, the Kipepeo butterfly project. This project is located at Gede Ruins Museum, the project has become a success and has become a replica in other parts of the country. It started as a simple idea to help the community living adjacent to the forest value the forest and earn an income, the founders of the project saw fit for the community to start farming butterflies and exporting there pupa and in return the community gets income. The project now works with 27 other community groups and exports butterfly pupa to countries such as Japan, UK and USA for displays in museum and also for replica in fashion designs.

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getting a lesson on butterflies inside the butterfly house.

The group was excited to learn about this project and for some it was a dream come true to finally visit Kipepeo after hearing and learning about it from media sources. We proceeded on to Gede ruins to learn more about the ancient Swahili town and why the occupants of this town left in such a rush!

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the team being shown around at the Gede ruins

It was great to learn how these people lived, according to me they were real conservationist, our guide Samuel explain to us how they used to reuse their water and how they would filter it, they had very interesting ways of living which were eco-friendly. That afternoon after the tour at Gede we headed to blue bay beach in Watamu for more exploring of the water.

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the excited team at Gede.

Day three saw the group arise early to carry out the morning birding, they were joined by Rob Markham of Watamu Turtle Watch a keen birder and Jessica Rawley a Peace Corp volunteer with Nature Kenya. The morning birding was great and they were able to identify some new species to them.

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Keen birders in the group.

After breakfast, the crew headed straight to work. This particular day seem a lot more easy than the previous days, could it be because they were getting used to the hot temperatures or because they were getting used to holding the pangas and slashers ( a type of machete) ? Work went on quite smooth and it seemed we were to wind up quite fast.

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one, two three, pull…….

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and the ladies clear.

As we carried on with our work, part of the team was destructed to some rather wired noise, it wasn’t the noise of a axe cutting a tree, or a slasher on the weeds or a panga ( a type of machete) on the shrubs, neither was it the noise of one teammate telling the rest to watch out as a cut tree fell, no that was not the destructing noise, rather it was the noise on an elephant in the bush, would you believe it? An Elephant!!!!, good thing I didn’t see it because I think I would have fainted due to fear, and good thing it was a lone as it quickly went away, what remained was the dung and the mountain of sand it had dug up. That was a close call.

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a close up of the dung.

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Dug up sand, done by the elephant.

On our way out of the forest we visited one of the tree platforms in the forest built by A Rocha Kenya, the view from the platform was magnificant, no word can describe it, what a way to close the day!

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part of the team at the tree platform.

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background view of a swamp from the tree platform

We headed back to camp to prepare for lunch and visit the nearby mida creek later on in the afternoon.

Caroline

FoASF Manager

To be continued

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Day two of nature trail clearing

Day two of nature trail clearing in the forest.

Day one of the trail clearing ended well, with most volunteers exhausted and drained by the hot sun, it was all the same a very successful day as a good portion of the trail was cleared and our KWS transport vehicle could now pass with ease.

The team was so exhausted after about five hours of serious work in the forest the previous day.

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Part of the cleared trail.

The guys decided to visit the beach, as some of them have never been to the coast and had never seen the ocean, you know living quite close to the ocean you tend to think that everyone has seen the ocean only to find out you are wrong, I was a bit shocked when some of the volunteers admitted that they have never seen the ocean, this made me open my mind more to reality.

Day two saw the volunteers rise before the morning sun to do birding, David Ngala our conservation officer and a guide at Arabuko-Sokoke forest was delighted to direct the group in the birding activity.

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Early morning birding.

Later on that morning, we embarked on the hard work, slashers, axes, and pangas ( a type of machete) were among the tools were took with us. Working as a team we mobilized ourselves and we were able to clear a large portion.

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come on lets clear this.

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Yuda busy chopping a tree that had blocked the road.

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Mercy is helped clear the shrub by the KWS ranger.

We took a break at mid day to look back at our progress then embark back on the work.

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Break time. – the team having snacks.

It was song and laughter as we continued working, we figured making a bit of fun easiness the job, and true to that before long, we were done for the day, only to begin again the next day.

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lets have a laugh – Onesums seeem to be telling the rest.

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End of a tiresome day – the team waiting to be transported back to camp.

A day well spent, as we waited to be ferried back to camp, we couldnt wait to relax at Gede ruins and the beach!

To be continued…..

Caroline

FoASF – Manager

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Nature trail clearing at Arabuko-Sokoke forest

Nature trail clearing at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

This past week has been a hectic and busy week for us here at FoASF. The nature trails in Arabuko-Sokoke forest have been overgrown with trees. Elephants have not made it easy either, by trampling on trees and blocking the roads. The trails have hence not been used for a while especially the elephant track which has long needed some work to be done on it.

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one of the overgrown trails at the forest.

From 6th November 2008 to 10th November we had a visit from the Nature Kenya Youth committee from Nairobi, who came with an aim to help out clear the nature trails and create awareness on the importance of the forest.

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Arrival day – all clean and smart!

This group was a fun some group which energized youth ready to help out in the forest. So could these urbanists (most of them were from the big city- Nairobi) really slash and cut trees, considering they are not used to this, how were they to cope with high temperatures of 30?C and above at the coast, would they really make it? The next four days were days well spend in the forest and can only be described visually.

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We are here to work – (part of the team)

To be continued……

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A day out camping with the warden

Ever been out camping with the warden? Well David Ngala together with some forest guards went out camping with the new warden of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

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David Ngala (in a blue shirt) helping the rangers set up camp.

It was an exciting time for David and company as he had an opportunity to show the warden what was going on in the forest and its environs.

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The warden- Mr. Korir with the assistant chief – Mrima wa ndege and a ranger.

The new Arabuko- Sokoke Warden- Mr. Dickson Korir- had a chance to experience real bush life as he set his eyes in bringing positive change to the management of the forest through KWS – Kenya Wildlife Service. Well done bwana Korir!

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Mr. Korir preparing to camp.

The campsite was set in the harsh terrain of the forest from Mrima wa ndege to Bamba to Ganze even till Sokoke and Ngerenye.

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Harsh terrain at mrima wa ndege

He is keen to enhance ecotourism and education at the forest station which is a big step towards enhanching conservation of the forerst. We reckon if more and more people see the value of the forest and understand its importance than we will be experincing less destruction of the forest.

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David Ngala at camp site.

This is an exciting time for us at “Friends of” as we look forward to this great oppoutnity to partner with KWS and other stakeholder in conserving Arabuko-Sokoke forest!

Caroline Lumosi

Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

[email protected]

Manager.

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About Friends of Arabuko Sokoke Forest (FoASF)

What’s special about Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

The forest covering over 400 km2, is the largest piece of indigenous coastal forest remaining in Kenya and also East Africa. As such it is a key site for the global survival of six bird and three mammal species. It is noted for its high biodiversity arising from a history of gradual isolation and the fact that it has three forest types in one.

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View of Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

Dense Cynometra thicket dominates the higher ground on a dark red soil and is home to the tiny Sokoke Scops Owl. There are also areas of open woodland with grasses and flowering plants growing on a light sandy soil under the delicate spreading canopy of the Brachystegia trees. Here the globally threatened Clarke’sWeaver, Amani Sunbird and Sokoke Pipit can often be seen.

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A picture of the globally threatened Amani sunbird.

The mixed forest dominated by the wonderful shapes of the Afzelia trees with twisted boughs and dark green foliage is the favoured habitat of the Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew, another endangered species. Arabuko Sokoke Forest is situated to the west of the road between Malindi and Mombasa, and extends from Gede, south of Malindi, almost to Kilifi, approximately half way along the main road to Mombasa.

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A map showing Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

Apart from local people’s understandable need to make a living for their families from whatever resources they find to hand, elephants and baboons often leave the Forest and damage the crops of people living on its margins.

The Forest is therefore in constant danger from poachers of wood for charcoal, building and carvings for tourists in the nearby coastal resorts, and of animals for food. It is also threatened by people wishing to clear it for agriculture and to rid themselves of nuisance animals.

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Poachers cut tree for wood craving.

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Tree logging at the forest.

The Forest is now also being harvested sustainably by local butterfly farmers who earn an income from the sale of pupae to the Kipepeo Project, which collectively exports them to live butterfly exhibits overseas. In addition the forest provides vital medicinal plants and firewood for the local communities living around it.

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A butterfly species that is found in the forest.

History of FoASF

Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (FoASF) is a support group, consisting of individuals, institutions and businesses who in some way would like to contribute to a positive future for Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. Gazetted as a Forest Reserve, the forest is under a joint management agreement involving four institutions:- Forestry Department, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry Research Institute and National Museums of Kenya.

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Monitoring in Arabuko Sokoke forest.

However, it is recognized that substantial support and interest comes from many individuals and organizations outside this framework. In the past there has been help with the battles over degazettement, reports of illegal activities, updates on natural history sightings, suggestions for management improvements, and financial contributions that have allowed more diverse activities to take place. Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, utilizing this interest and concern aims to contribute to ensuring that the forest is enjoyed and used sustainably for generations to come.

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David Ngala – FoASF ‘s Conservation Officer in the forest.

Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (FoASF) was only started in October 1999 by concerned individuals and institutions to link people interested in the conservation of the Forest with the present Forest Managers. In mid-December 1999, the British High Commissioner for Kenya, Sir Jeffrey James – himself a keen birdwatcher and conservationist – officially launched the FoASF on the same occasion as the constructed Tree Platform was opened by the Mayor of Malindi, Gideon Mung’aro.

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Tree house at Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

FoASF’s Mission

Friends of Arabuko Sokoke Forest (FoASF) seeks to work with local communities to conserve the internationally important Arabuko-Sokoke Forest . This is done through biodiversity conservation action, awareness creation, community work and improving eco-tourism facilities for visitors at the forest. FoASF also supports any activity which helps local people and therefore makes them less eager to destroy it or steal from it for short term gain.

The FoASFFriends scheme.

Friends of FoASF (sometimes known as members ) offer both technical and financial support and also get actively involved in joint ventures relating to the overall care and conservation of the Forest. These activities have helped raise awareness about the Forest and have encouraged more people to use it for recreation. A voluntary committee is responsible for the day to day running of Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and for organising activities that will involve members in different ways. FoASF has employed three staff members who are responsible in the daily running of activities, the team reports to FoASF committee monthly.

In mid-2000 FoASF has almost 80 “friends and is growing slowly all the time. Anyone interested in becoming more involved with such work is very welcome and should email [email protected] or contact the Manger on [email protected].

FoASF logo

The Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew is a strange-looking animal which is thought to be distantly related to the aardvark and to elephants, hyraxes and sea cows. It is only found in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, so its survival is dependent on the continued ecological health of the Forest. It was therefore chosen as the logo of the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

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The Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew – the flagship of friends of arabuko sokoke forest.

More on the Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew….

The Golden-rumped Elephant-shrews practice facultative monogamy, meaning that they pair for life, but will take any opportunity to mate with a ‘widowed’ animal which has not yet found a new mate. Since the pair live together in their own territory, the males chasing off any male interlopers, and the females seeing off other females, one rarely sees more than two together. They feed mostly on insects dug up under the leaf litter, and sleep in nests of dry leaves swept into a small hollow in the ground. They do not bu
rrow or climb trees, so are vulnerable to predation by wild carnivores and, more recently, by domestic dogs. In the early 1990s when Clare Fitz Gibbon was studying the animal, she estimated that there were 20,000 individuals in the Forest.

Some of FoASF Achievements

Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest has now been in existence since 1999. In this time it has achieved a number of things in particular raising awareness about the forest, raising awareness about illegal activities happening in the forest and working together with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Kenya Forest Service (previously known as the Forest Department – FD) to take action to stop them, providing a high quality service to visitors to the forest station Visitor Centre and providing a forum for interested people and parties to get involved and be able to contribute directly to its conservation.

FoASF’s role :

1. To lobby in very tense situations.

2. To work with the “friends” of FoASF to educate the local communities on the conservation of the forest and awareness raising. FoASF also holds trainings for the community members.

3. To create awareness within the stakeholders and outside as a way of getting both local and international support for the conservation of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

4. To provide information on the destruction of the ecosystem which public servants may not provide even if they wanted or are obliged to by the nature of their position.

5. Publicize any information (both good and bad) that the public should know, especially about resource misuse by officers entrusted with the responsibility.

6. To stimulate efficiency and transparency because of fear of being exposed.

7. To enable groups with opposed interest to come together and establish dialogue.

8. To push for policy change through its Friends who constitutes professionals. [using professional skills within the membership ( friends)]

9. To establish a strong link with the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest managers.

10. To collect funds that can be used directly to support the conservation and management of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

Challenges that FoASF faces.

The organization has faced many challenges as it strives to achieve its goals. Due to lack of funds the organization (until recently) was not able to hire more personnel to help out in its activities. This has been a big challenge fand has lead to reduced activities within FoASF. We are currently working on getting full time support to effectively carry out some of FoASF’s activities.

FOASF NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT.

How you can support FoASF.

FoASF needs your support in carrying out its activities.

You can: –

Raise awareness by informing others correctly about the forest.

Increase vigilance by being in the forest and reporting on human activity and natural history sightings.

Become involved in on-going research and monitoring programmes or in one of the conservation projects.

Provide financial support and fundraise when necessary.

Effectively lobby when necessary at different strategic levels.

Encourage visitors to use the forest for recreation.

Donate to support Foasf activities.

Join the friends scheme and annually subscribe to be a friend.

Benefits of being a friend of Friends of Arabuko Sokoke Forest include:-

You will receive FoASF newsletters throughout the year.

With 10 or more other members you can request an illustrated talk about Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, but basic transport costs for the speaker will need to be covered in most cases.

You will be able to use the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest general reference library, situated at the Education Centre, Gede Forest Station, on production of your membership card.

You will be invited to join in any FoASF events during the year.

Join in the effort to help FoASF conserve Arabuko Sokoke Forest.