COMMUNITY GAME SCOUTS


Game Scout programs are proving to be effective deterrents to poaching – particularly in areas with community conservancies. ACC, in coordination with SORALO and the Borderlands Conservation Initiative, train and equip community members to protect and monitor wildlife, engage in community conflict resolution, collect ecological data and generate and distribute environmental information to enhance community awareness of biodiversity and the environment. In addition to the critical conservation role they play, the scouts minimize human-wildlife conflict in these areas.



Further the healthy coexistence of people and wildlife, and conserve life-giving ecosystems.

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Projects & Progress

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THE FRONT LINES AGAINST POACHERS

Regions where Game Scouts patrol have seen a significant reduction in poaching. 231 poachers were arrested in 2013. In the Amboseli Ecosystem, ACC supports the Amboseli Tsavo Game Scouts Association together with other partners. In the South Rift, ACC supports the Game Scouts covering the Shompole, Magadi, Nguruman and Loita Conservancies. In Laikipia, ACC supports Game Scouts in the Ilpolei-Munishoi group ranches which are part of the larger Naibunga Conservancy.

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GPS TRACKING

Ten global positioning system (GPS) units were purchased for recording animal movements and location of poaching incidents. In addition, four new scout bases have were built to house scouts in the field.

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COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING

The Game Scouts program provides employment for local community members, many of them Maasai. Currently there are over 400 employed in the Borderland area between Kenya and Tanzania. The Game Scouts are trained in tour guiding, biodiversity interpretation, environmental education and awareness campaigns. Game Scouts have completed courses in tracking techniques, action drills and communications.

Equipped with vehicles, mobile phones, radios and field equipment the Game Scouts patrol the landscape to deter poachers, stem conflict and monitor wildlife movements. Linked with Kenya Wildlife Service for backup support by radio, the scouts have made quick progress and won wide support.

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Implementing & Funding Partners

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