Mara Elephant Project’s Field Administrator Wilson Sairowua wrote about his experience participating in the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in the Mara.
The Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in the Mara is organized by Friends of Maasai Mara. Mara Elephant Project, Basecamp Foundation, Angama Mara, Narok County Government, Geothermal Development Company and many other organizations supported this annual event held on September 24.
The objective of the march was for local communities to gather in protest of the illegal wildlife trade and to demand our government take action to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos every year.
The march involved local communities from the Maasai Mara region, women’s organizations supported by the Basecamp Foundation and three schools around the Talek area; Talek Primary, Talek Secondary, and Ololoigero Primary School.
The walk was 7 kilometers and started at the Nyumbu gate and ended at the Talek gate. Johnson Ole Nchoe M.D. and CEO for Geothermal Development Company (GDC) led the congregation to Talek gate.
“The greatest superpower in the world is public opinion, and the greatest threat to wildlife is the belief that someone else will save it. Let’s all unite together and stop thinking of somebody else to save.” Johnson Ole Nchoe M.D.
Maasai Elders from Talek and the entire county supported the movement and urged the young to take care of the wildlife.
“Wildlife exists in the Mara because we give our land and provide security to them; now it’s time for the youth to take care because we did our part.” Message from the Elders
Certificate of participation given to Mara Elephant Project.