January saw Wildlife Traxx head off to the Maasai Mara for two trainings funded by the Mara Elephant project (MEP). Once again the rangers were taught a variety of skills ranging from the collection of DNA samples using the Wildlife Traxx forensic kits, to the drafting of statements and exhibit memo forms. They understood the role forensic science plays in wildlife crime, their powers under the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 and how to testify in court.
The first training site was carried out at the Sekenani gate in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Here we trained 31 rangers including rangers from the Mara Triangle, and the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
On completion of this training we travelled across to Mara North for the second training site that was hosted at MEP’s headquarters and included 20 rangers from the Kenyan Wildlife Service, MEP, Lemek conservancy, Ol Kinyei conservancy, OOC, Pardamat conservancy, Naboisho, and Mara North.
We managed to train at least two rangers from each of the conservancies and reserves but there is still a lot more training to be done down in Mara. Please get in contact if you are interested in funding additional sites in this crucial wildlife area of Kenya.