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Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge hosts a cocktail evening with Dr Jane Goodall

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Elewana Collection is delighted to announce that we are hosting a cocktail event at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge on Monday 2nd July 2018 with D.r Jane Goodall.

As the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, she has dedicated her life to working extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996 and was named a UN Messenger of Peace in April 2002.

Dr. Jane Goodall inspires people through her message of hope to conserve the natural world we all share. Join us for a memorable evening as Dr. Jane Goodall shares her passion and inspiration to preserve our earth for future generations.

  • Limited tickets available. US$50 per person.
  • All proceeds go the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots Youth programme
  • To book you ticket, please contact +255 699 794 668 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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World Giraffe Day: June 21 2018

San Diego Zoo Global: Reticulated Giraffe Conservation Program

Current estimates are that over the past 20 years the reticulated giraffe population has declined by over 70%, from 36,000 to less than 9,000 today. It is thought the main drivers behind the decline are habitat loss and fragmentation, land degradation, and poaching. However, relatively little is known about reticulated giraffe movements, or their ecology.

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To help address this, in May 2016 a collaborative giraffe conservation initiative was launched between: The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, The Northern Rangelands Trust, Loisaba Conservancy, Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy and San Diego Zoo Global. Beginning with a two-year pilot project centered on two sites (Loisaba Conservancy and Namunyak).

The project is a community-led conservation and research effort that uses both social and ecological methods to help sustainably preserve the reticulated giraffe species in the wild. At Loisaba, Symon Masaine is the Head Researcher, he is currently studying at the University of Michigan under the MasterCard Scholarship. Whilst he is away Lexson Larpei, the Assistant Researcher is managing the project.

In June 2017 seven reticulated giraffe were fitted with GPS satellite tracker units on Loisaba Conservancy. These units made by Savannah Tracking are solar powered and are attached to giraffe’s ossicones. The data collected from these units will allow greater insights into giraffe movements in the region, especially wet season-dry season movements, and utilization of different areas/habitats, space requirements. It also has the potential for the movement data to inform decisions around future infrastructure and settlement decisions. A further 25 GPS units will be fitted with the Kenya Wildlife Service in September 2018 across Loisaba Conservancy, Mpala Research Centre, Buliqo Bulesa Conservancy, Melako Conservancy and Leparua Conservancy. These units will provide insights into numerous localized questions, e.g. the dynamics of giraffe between Leparua and Lewa/Borana, where do the giraffe on Biliqo and Melako go?

In conjunction to the GPS data, camera traps are deployed across the conservancy to help track and identify giraffe. A total of 135 cameras traps have been deployed creating over one million images – all these images need analyzing! Here is how you can help:

The final essential element to this project is gauging human perceptions and attitudes towards giraffes and poaching. Consequently, over 400 interviews have been conducted in our neighboruing communities, namely Kirimon, Ol Donyiro, Koija, P&D, KMC and Ilmotiok producing startling results. It is estimated that giraffe part and product use is at 30% within these communities and knowledge on giraffe species, ranges, and population was found to be very low. Through education and outreach within these communities, the project aims to reduce that number while also raising awareness of the overall decline and building community pride in the uniqueness of northern Kenya’s giraffe species.

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The team from San Diego Zoo conduct Giraffe Training at Loisaba Conservancy

Elewana are incredibly proud to partner with TNC and Loisaba Conservancy where this valuable conservation research is happening. All revenue generated from Tourism activities on Loisaba is carefully reinvested into the conservancy and the surrounding communities. We are extremely grateful for the fantastic work that SDZG and The Giraffe Conservation Foundation are doing and look forward to supporting it in the future.

 

Island Charm – Zanzibar’s Beaches

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A discussion on African islands would not be complete without mentioning those on the East African coast, many enmeshed with a trading history over hundreds of years. The largest, Zanzibar, also known as the “Spice Island”, is an island state within the United Republic of Tanzania and was once one of the most important trading centers in the whole of the Indian Ocean region.

Aardvark Safaris have put together a list of Zanzibar Hideaways you don't want to miss out on when you're planning your next Tanzanian holiday or in search of a beach adventure. For more see...

 

San Diego Zoo Global: African Leopard Conservation Program

Most of the wildlife in Kenya lives outside of government parks and reserves, so it is critical to work with communities that are sharing land and resources with the wildlife that we want to protect. To better understand the ways that people are interacting with and perceiving leopards, in June 2017 a collaborative partnership between San Diego Zoo Global and Loisaba Conservancy was set up to conduct social and ecological research on the local leopard population in and around Loisaba.

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Ambrose Letoluai, who completed his secondary education with support from the Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation is the Assistant Researcher for the leopard project. From June to August 2017, Ambrose conducted close to 90 interviews in communities around Loisaba, collecting data to test the relationship between livestock loss, risk perceptions, attitudes, and behavioral intentions towards leopards. When asked if leopards caused them problems, 75% of people answered yes, that leopards kill or injure their livestock. Such experiences can influence community members’ attitudes towards leopards and decisions when they come across leopards in the future. These connections are important to understand for conservation because leopard populations are in decline across their range. Leopards are listed Vulnerable by IUCN, with human-leopard conflict listed as the greatest source of direct mortality. A Community-Based Conflict Reporting Network has now been established with 13 Community Representatives from Kirimon, Koija, Ol Donyiro and Mutiyak to record and report large carnivore conflict in their respective areas.

To date, 35 cameras traps and 17 scented hair snares have been deployed across Loisaba, Mpala and Lorok covering 40,000 hectares. This has led to the identification of 15 individual leopards on Loisaba Conservancy and Lorok. With the camera trap expansion across to Mpala, it will likely take another 6 months before we have a better idea of total abundance on Loisaba. The last scientific estimate on Mpala in 2008 was approximately 12 leopards per 10,000 hectares. SDZG estimate between Mpala, Loisaba and Lorok there to be between 36 - 60 leopards based on that estimate.

On 15 th June 2018, a one day workshop on leopard/carnivore conservation will be held at Loisaba’s Conservation Centre. Led by a group of researchers from SDZG, the workshop will bring together all stakeholders in order to discuss the goals, plans and early results for the Leopard Conservation Program.

Elewana are incredibly proud to partner with TNC and Loisaba Conservancy where this valuable conservation research is happening. All revenue generated from Tourism activities on Loisaba is carefully reinvested into the conservancy and the surrounding communities. We are extremely grateful for the fantastic work that SDZG and LionLandscapes are doing and look forward to supporting it in the future.

 

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

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The Manor at Ngorongoro and Elsa's Kopje Meru have been welcomed into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. As you know, the Certificate of Excellence can be earned only by receiving consistently great reviews on the world’s largest travel site

A big thank you to the guests who took the time to post a review of their stay with us.