Twelve ILMAMUSI Community Forest Association (CFA) rangers underwent a 3-day training on the use of Geographical Positioning System (GPS) for wildlife monitoring, data collection, and reporting.
The training was held at the CFA headquarters – Loragai office in Laikipia North Sub County, was organized by LWF and assisted by the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT). The rangers were trained on the use of Wildlife-Conservancy Management Monitoring System (Wildlife-CoMMS) – a ranger-based monitoring tool for wildlife and illegal activities.
The 12 rangers represent the four group ranches around Mukogodo Forest (Ilngwesi, Makurian, Mukogodo and Sieku). They are divided into four patrol groups based on their area of scouting:
- Ilngwesi block- with 4 Locations- Lokusero A/B, Upper Sanga, Nadungoro, Olmaroroi
- Makurian block – with 3 Locations – Arjijo, Sepeyo, Lariakorok
- Mukogodo block- with 6 Locations – Seek, Bokish, Toirai, Sior, Olorepirepi, Kuri-kuri.
- Sieku/Lekurruki block- with 3 Locations – Ildorot, Naimarlal, Nadungoro.
The scouts will monitor and report on wildlife observations, wildlife carcasses, human-wildlife conflict cases, and illegal activities within the Mukogodo landscape.
“The introduction of GPS and monitoring system (Wildlife-CoMMS) is a big step in efforts to conserve the Mukogodo forest,” says ILMAMUSI CFA Coordinator, Samali Letai. He adds that these tools contribute to better understanding of wildlife movements, and can help to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts, as we will be able to report more accurately.”
The training exercise is part of the Disney Conservation Fund project activities funded through the Wildlife Conservation Society, through the Laikipia Wildlife Forum to mitigate Human-Elephant Conflicts with the support of the ILMAMUSI CFA.