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Investing in Communities & Conservation in Tanzania

The Nomad Trust was set up in 2007 in areas of Tanzania where we operate our safari camps. We have always strongly believed in our long term commitment and responsibility to the surrounding communities and environment, not only for tourism but also wildlife conservation. For more information on the Nomad Trust, please email me - Lali Heath - on nomadtrust@nomad.co.tz.



Pack for a Purpose

Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Christmas in Kigelia

Christmas was extra special in Kigelia this year. We all know Christmas isn’t quite the same without children around to share the magic with. So our Kigelia camp crew invited three cars full of students from the local primacy school to put their feet up in camp (quite literally - check out photo 4), and enjoy a safari game drive around Ruaha National Park. 


Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Six months of Serengeti de-snaring

Quite possibly the most effective de-snaring team in the Serengeti, we are proud to have been supporting the FZS program for the last six month, and we are looking forward to helping them continue to make a massive difference in the coming year. 

1 car 8 men 127 patrol days 421 animals found snared 8560 snares removed


Abrahame Sedyai - head of the Serengeti de-snaring team


Ranger and one team member collecting wire snares)


Confiscated wire snares

All photo credits to FZS & Eickemeier


Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Changing attitudes with baby elephants.

Not long ago, a baby elephant was attacked with a spear by local villagers in West Kilimanjaro. In fright from the attack, the elephant calf fled, loosing her herd and mother. Luckily the elephant's cries were picked up by another female elephant in the area who called to her and drew her to safety. The calf is now being looked after by some rangers, and has been put on a feeding program, had her wound seen to by local vets, and is on track to make a full recovery. 

Sadly this type of attack happens often in villages that share land with the surrounding wildlife. Communities act on fear instead of understanding for these great creatures and it is not usually a happy ending for the wildlife. Reversing this culture of conflict and the mindset of people who are protecting their livelihoods, as well as those who kill wildlife for a living, is no easy task. 

In an effort to address this problem, Nomad Trust joined forces with local game wardens, a couple of vets, and Tanzanian wildlife officials to organise a school trip for children from the village. Identified as being leaders in their school, primary aged children from different classes had the chance to go on a conservation themed school trip to see the baby elephant and learn more about wild animals and how people can live along side them in peace. 

‘Ndarakwai’ as the calf has been named, was a perfect example for the students to see first hand the after effects of the wildlife retaliation and attacks going on in their village. Spending the day learning just how like humans elephants actually are, everyone came away with a whole new appreciation for elephants and big beaming smiles. Watch out these primary school students have taken their role as elephant ambassadors very seriously.


Tue, Dec 12, 2017

When Ruaha meets Kuro

Stanley from Ruaha Carnivore Project, joined our camp guides in Kuro last week for our Nomad Guide Training in Tarangire National Park. After a week in Kuro, with some of our top Nomad Northern Guides mentoring the group, and wildlife experts Nick and Richard running specialised training, Stanley came back from the bush beaming. Having him with our Nomad guides was a big hit, not just for Stanley who picked up guiding skills and learnt about birds and beasts and a whole range of new wild topics, but also our camp guides who got to meet Stanley and hear first hand the great work RCP is doing near our Kigelia camp in Ruaha.


Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Curiosity killed the cat ... not on our watch!

Collaring Carnivores.

Our Trust partners, RCP, have been busy working with the Ruaha National Park authorities to place the first satellite-collars on lions in the area. This is to provide invaluable data on the spatial ecology, demography and mortality of Ruaha’s lions.  

These clever collars have a ‘geo-fence’ mechanism built in which tracks movements outside of the protected area and alerts RCP staff when a lion crosses over into village territory so that they can be on hand if needed to prevent possible conflict.

In this initial phase 3 females have been collared and 1 male. 

M1

Collared in the eastern area of Ruaha towards Lunda, M1 has a calm and laid back nature. M1 has some characteristic features if you see him in the park - a missing lower incisor and a black stripe down the centre of his mohawk. 

Over the last month M1’s movements have centred around the river, although recordings also show intermittent forays to the south (coming close to village land) and the north.

F1

An adult but small in size, F1 has a body length of 137 cm. She seems to be one of the key females in the Bushbuck pride and will likely be seen in the heart of the National Park by guests and guides. Since being collared, F1 has spent most of her time around the Ruaha and Mwagusi rivers, with some movements to the south and east. Bushbuck is one of the largest prides in Ruaha National Park so it will be very interesting to learn more about the pride’s movements.

F2

F2, the second female to be collared, has ventured the furthest of all the four collared lions. She has been located near Ruaha River Lodge, and also has seen moving south of the river. Just last week she headed south fairly rapidly and came very close to village lands, but turned back north again. If she continues these type of movements, she likely come into conflict with pastoralists. Luckily the geo-fence feathery will alert RCP if this happens. 

F3

The last female is in a challenging environment, and is one of the lions most lively to come into conflict with people. She is the largest of the females caught with a body length of 153 cm. Based on her teeth, she is estimated to be around 4 years old. 

She remained in the same area after collaring and never moving too far from the river. 

Why is RCP doing this:

To get a better understanding of lion ecology To monitor lion movement and conflict To protect lions coming into contact with villages To collect data to guide future conservation strategies 

The river and weather dictate a lot of the lion movements, and with the rains on their way we are likely to witness a change in their movements with wider dispersal and more crossing over into danger zones.


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