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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.


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To be continued

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Moving to Arabuko

Hi sorry we have not been online for a while, we were having network issues, kindly bear with us.

Hi this is Carol,

The long awaited journey has finally come, I will be moving to Arabuko this coming weekend and I hope to be meeting up with the rest of our team that is David and Mary. I have been in Nairobi following up on a few details for FoASF – Friends of Arabuko Sokoke and I got the chance to meet up with part of the team at Wildlife direct who have been a big help in helping us restructure our blog.

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A path in Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

As I take up this position at Arabuko, am anxious to meet David Ngala and it will be an honour to work with him after having heard so much about him. FoASF needs some revamping in its activities and this will be one of my duties, to reactivate the activities at FoASF and to guide and help David in his field research work.

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A tree platform at Arabuko Sokoke Forest

While in Nairobi I also got a chance to speak to Friends of Nairobi Arboretum (FONA) and Friends of City Park (FoCP) who were quite encouraging and gave us tips of how to turn around FoASF into an active organization.

I also got chance to meet with Colin Jackson a while back and he was able to brief me on FoASF and what FoASF has done so far, in as much as I will be technically running the show on my own with the help of my team and the A Rocha team at Mwamba.

I hope the net at Watamu or rather Gede will be fairly ok, so that I may be updating you how far we have come in our efforts as FoASF.

Thanks for all your support and I look forward to hearing from you guys as well,