Tag Archives: Patrick Sirya

Change of staff working with David on the mapping

As regular readers will recall, a year or so ago David was joined by Patrick to help him manage the data on the snares and cut trees that he does regular surveys for. Patrick did a great job with streamlining the system of receiving the GPS data from David and making it usable for mapping and reporting. At the end of 2012, Patrick was offered a post with the government offices in Malindi and sadly has left us for it though we wish him all the very best in his new work – he is already missed!

The good news is that in his place we have Silas Ekesa who recently joined A Rocha Kenya as a Research Assistant and who is very keen to work with David and help him in his surveys and getting the results out to the authorities – Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service. Silas holds a degree in Wildlife Management from Moi University and comes with a passion for birds and conservation and so is the perfect match for working with David!

Silas ringing a Crab-plover

Silas will be the one doing the regular updating of this blog on behalf of David and answering questions from readers on David’s work – please do make comments and encourage them both in this important work.

New Bushmeat Control Officer working to support David

GREAT news is that we have Patrick Sirya working with the Bushmeat Committee that has been going for a year and that David has worked closely with, and Patrick is now working to help David with organising the data collection and report writing among many other things.

Patrick is from Gede right next to the forest and has worked with a Sykes Monkey research project in Gede Ruins forest for four years so is very familiar with forest life – and especially Sykes Monkeys! In fact he knows them all by name at the Ruins!

Patrick will be assiting to write the blog posts for David’s blog and hopefully since he is full time with the bushmeat work, will be able to post much more news and updates than I have been able to. Please give us your comments and feedback on how things are going – your support is hugely valuable to us.

by Colin – Chairman of Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke