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africanlatitude wrote this at 19:37 :

Well, it had to happen. We are now on Facebook

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Film maker Anna Campbell was in Shompole and Olkiramatian

africanlatitude wrote this at 13:17 :

And here is the result: Shall We dance a beautifully filmed window on Shompole and Ol Kiramatian Group Ranch, their people and their wildlife.

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Pride & Pastoralist. This short film gives an insight into the complicated layers of the human-animal conflict and highlights the importance of coexistence in the future of sustaining wildlife populations in Kenya. The underlying message is that coexistence of pastoral livestock and wildlife is not only possible, but is the best hope of sustaining large viable carnivore and other wildlife populations. Although this film focuses on specifically lion in the South Rift region, it speaks to many human-animal conflict issue worldwide. More information and pictures can be found here:

Yann Arthus Bertrand filming at Loisiijo

africanlatitude wrote this at 17:33 :

Yann Arthus Bertrand a famous French photographer and film maker came to Loisiijo to film the salt formations on Lake Magadi and Lake Natron. Yann has come many times to Magadi for filming, and this is his second visit to Loisiijo, an ideal base for photographic work in the Rift Valley

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Michel and Yann were filming from the air in a helicopter, for Yann’s next film “Human”. They then flew onto Ethiopia where they continued filming for three weeks.

You should have a look at Yann’s previous film “Home”, there are some incredible aerial images from all over the world (and Magadi ;-). You can download it on this link .

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Here are a few images of Lake Magadi from his film.
“A Thirsty World”.

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Communication tools for the Chairman

africanlatitude wrote this at 16:57 :

Mr Vincent Gesser, a friend and regular donor to community projects, donated a portable computer to Isaac Kiresian the Chairman of the Shompole Group Ranch. This will allow him to receive emails (network permitting) from his village and assist him with his day to day communication.

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Life should be a little easier now on the communication front. Thank you Vincent.

Rebuilding the pride.

africanlatitude wrote this at 10:48 :

Guy Western from the African Conservation Center was in Loisiijo to give us an update on his work with Lions, his project is known as Rebuilding the Pride

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As we all know lions are diminishing in great numbers, they are poisoned or hunted by farmers due to conflict in grazing areas with their cattle. Here in Shompole and Olkirimation Group Ranches, we are all working on building a sustainable environment for wildlife and people.

When Guy is present in the area he is available, upon advance request, to give a lecture on his project at Shompole. So if you are staying with us, don’t hesitate to contact us in advance about it.

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Rebuilding the Pride aims to increase lion and other carnivore numbers across the South Rift, linking the Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo into a viable meta-population. The program centers on reducing human-wildlife conflict, preventing range fragmentation and maintaining healthy prey numbers. The project explores the basis of traditional practices among pastoralists that allow herders to coexist with wildlife and minimize conflict with predators.

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