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Saving the Kimana tuskers, with help from the world’s smallest superheroes.

Saving the Wild is currently raising funds to expand our Saving the Wild bee keeping project in the Kimana corridor running through the heart of the Amboseli ecosystem in Kenya.

“As the human population increases, so do competing land uses, such as farming and cattle grazing. As humans compete for limited resources like water, land, and grass for livestock, we further encroach onto what were once wild lands. With less space to share, people and wild animals now come into direct contact at an alarming rate and sometimes with fatal results.” -Big Life Foundation, Kenya

SHIFT IN MINDSET: The BLF Program Officer will be involved in community engagement and outreach, educating the wider community on the benefits of bee keeping as an alternative livelihood.

PROGRAM GOAL: With anticipated income from the honey harvest, after reserving operations costs, the project is anticipating to fund one year scholarships for 5 secondary school children, or 22 primary school students. This income is also expected to grow over time, as the colonies become more established, thus providing a sustainable and long-term source of funds for local education.

BEES AND ELEPHANTS BUILDING A STRONGER ECOSYSTEM: The bees are the pollinators and the elephants are the seed disperses. and these two things work in harmony to ensure regeneration of trees. More hives = more bees = more pollination, resulting in a stronger, more robust ecosystem.

Saving the Wild is dedicated to the protection of the Kimana tuskers, Tolstoy and Craig, through the preservation of the Kimana wildlife corridor, funding of intel investigations, and through international advocacy. Kimana Tuskers short film release slated for 2021.

There are less than 20 tuskers left on earth, and they must be saved.

Craig in Kimana, September 2020 | Photo © Jamie Joseph | Saving the Wild
Tolstoy in Kimana, October 2020 | Photo © Jamie Joseph | Saving the Wild