Last winter, Overland Journal ran a story about Sean Avery’s family endeavors with their pink Land Rover in the wildly successful Rhino Charge in Kenya. The Avery family is at it again this year, and here’s an update from Sean:
- These are Â challenging times for East Africa and its wildlife. Â Â
- Bushmeat is a source of “free” food for the poor – the attached disturbing article says that Kenya has lost 60% of its wildlife in the last 30 years, and with ever increasing population and poverty, the bushmeat trade escalates also. Â
- You will all be aware of the severe implications of the global economic downturn on tourism to Kenya, which in turn impacts the income stream that sustains the country’s wildlife protection bodies. Â It is a challenging time, and the blame for the recession rests with the First World.
- The Aberdare Conservation Area (ACA) is Kenya’s principal water tower upon which 1 in 3 Kenyans depend, and it is also a wonderful montane National Park bordered by Forest Reserve, in turn bordered by dense small-scale human habitation, and the ACA holds one of Kenya’s remaining but threatened black rhino and bongo populations. Â The threats come from poaching for horn and bushmeat.
- The Rhino Charge takes place on June 1st to raise funds for Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, which has for 20 years been successfully constructing the largest electrified game fence in Africa to protect the Aberdares, in close co-operation withe the Kenya Wildlife Service.If you are interested and would like to support our fundraiser, please visit the Justgiving websitse which we have set up. Â If you are US or UK tax payers, your donations subject to the tax exemptions applicable in those countries. Â If you know anybody else who might be interested, please forward this e-mail to them.