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EditPhoto Title:THE SARARA INITIATIVE
EditPhoto Description:For elephants. For people. For Africa
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​Northern Kenya’​s Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy is a place worth saving — for elephants, for wild habitat and for people.

In the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya, the fate of elephants and people are intertwined — the threats they face, they face together. Habitat loss ​​and poaching don’t just hurt elephants — they hurt the livelihoods of the local Samburu people and other tribes that call this landscape home.

Now, an opportunity is arising to establish a model of sustainable community-based conservation at an unprecedented level in Kenya — and beyond.

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Edit Title:Life is Good
Edit Text: In an effort to support the Sarara Initiative, Life is Good created this Limited-Edition Life is Good Sarara Elephant T-shirt. The design is inspired by the beautiful beadwork of the Samburu people and 100% of the net profits will help fund conservation initiatives in Africa.
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Edit Title:A silver lining for grey elephants
Edit Text: glassybaby — maker of one-of-a-kind, hand-blown, 100% sustainable, glass votives and drinking glasses — has partnered with Conservation International to bring hope and healing to our planet. The company donates 10% of sales of its signature votives — “silver lining” in support of our elephant and wildlife conservation initiatives in Kenya. The glassybaby contribution from “silver lining” will support Conservation International's work with the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy (NWC) and the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (Kenya), which provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and a home for orphaned elephants affected by poaching and the ivory trade.
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Edit Title:Sustainable socks for wildlife rangers
Edit Text: Osom Brand, a sustainably-minded clothing company has custom-designed and donated 1000 pairs of upcycled socks for wildlife rangers in support of our elephant and wildlife conservation initiatives in Sarara (Kenya) and beyond. The thoughtful design of the “Wildlife Ranger” socks provides maximum comfort, support and protection to the rangers in every step they take on their journey to protect wildlife threatened by poaching and ivory trade in sub-Saharan Africa.
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The Sarara Initiative intends to chart a new course of sustainability in East Africa, delivering significant conservation impacts, enabling communities to benefit from wildlife and maintaining cultural traditions and reliance on nature.

The Initiative is a visionary partnership between Sarara, Northern Rangelands Trust and Conservation International (CI). It will focus on Namunyak’s 850,000 acres, with a potential reach of millions of acres of wild country stretching from close to Lake Turkana, down to Mount Kenya and out to the coast.

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      EditSection Title:Namunyak: A refuge for elephants
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        EditImage Description:Elephants in Sarara, Northern Kenya
        EditText:The elephant’s importance coupled with its extreme vulnerability is emblematic of a bigger challenge playing out in Kenya today. While poaching attracts global attention, the habitat damage that is destroying this landscape — and the livelihoods of the people who depend on it — is often overlooked. Outside of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Namunyak contains higher populations of large mammals than any other landscape (protected or unprotected) in Kenya — including the second-largest elephant population in the country, with more than 6,300 individuals.
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          EditSection Title:To fight poaching, more boots on the ground
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            EditText:The Mathews Mountain range that makes up the bulk of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy is under increasing threat from poaching. While targeted efforts have shown a 74% decline in the illegal killing of elephants in 2015 compared with 2012, poaching continues to be a major threat to the elephants and to the broader community. The park ranger units used to support anti-poaching efforts are stretched very thin across a vast landscape — that’s why a key component of the Sarara Initiative is focused on getting more boots on the ground with access to the technology and tools they need to eliminate the poaching threat altogether, and to safeguard people and ecotourism.
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              EditSection Title:Working with communities to achieve long-term sustainability
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                EditText:The Samburu can derive significant income from protecting the land and wildlife. One component of the Sarara Initiative is mapping and valuing the landscape’s “natural capital” — the sources of the benefits that nature provides to people. Through this effort, we will be valuing the benefits that wildlife provide to 24,000 semi-nomadic pastoral people from the Samburu and other tribes, giving them the incentive and means to conserve a critical natural resource they rely on. The Initiative’s emphasis on raising long-term funding and boosting ecotourism will directly support local peoples and community-based conservation efforts.
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                    The Sarara Initiative starts with security for elephants and people. The Initiative will focus on three efforts with clear outcomes and benchmarks:

                    1. Ensure security for wildlife and people in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy
                    2. Expand community infrastructure to increase revenue from wildlife
                    3. Drive towards long-term sustainability via market mechanisms including carbon, water and cattle

                    With the establishment of a dedicated rapid-response mobile wildlife enforcement unit in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, we can make the landscape truly safe for elephants and people. The initiative will produce an increase in revenue — primarily through tourism and the elephant sanctuary — for community investments including schools, clinics and businesses. Critically, the Initiative helps secure long-term funding by mapping and valuing the area’s essential natural capital.

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                    EditImage Alt Text:Maasai woman, Chyulu Hills, Kenya
                    EditCaption Title:In Kenya’s famed ‘green hills,’ saving water means saving forests
                    EditCaption Description:Overlooking the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania, Kenya’s once verdant Chyulu Hills are under threat from severe drought.
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                    EditCaption Title:Wildlife trafficking, a threat to your security
                    EditCaption Description:Conservation International’s President and CEO, Peter Seligmann, highlights the direct link between wildlife trafficking and national security.
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                    EditImage Alt Text:Elephants around a waterhole at dusk, Chobe National Park, Botswana.
                    EditCaption Title:Dead or alive: The value of elephants
                    EditCaption Description:An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. But these iconic creatures are worth more alive than dead — and these numbers prove it.
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                    EditCaption Title:5 things you didn’t know about wildlife trafficking
                    EditCaption Description:Wildlife trafficking is a global problem that affects international security, economies and ecosystems. Here’s what you need to know.
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                    EditImage Alt Text:Mt. Kilimanjaro from Kenya with elephants in the foreground.
                    EditCaption Title:A call to end the ivory trade, led by Africa
                    EditCaption Description:Led by the African member states of the Elephant Protection Initiative, the international community has voted to close domestic ivory markets worldwide.
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                    EditCaption Description:CI’s director of wildlife trafficking, Keith Roberts, explains why nothing can replace a ranger when it comes to fighting the illegal wildlife trade.
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                    EditCaption Title:In wildlife trafficking, organized crime still a step ahead
                    EditCaption Description:Wildlife trafficking is a lucrative enterprise for organized crime networks. These are the three specific steps we can take to put an end to it.
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