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Bushtracks Family Safari Guests Make AWF donation

by Lyn Lavery
August 3, 2017

Bushtracks Family Safari group, photographed by Peter Jaunich

It wasn't all fun and games for the 37 Bushtracks travelers who visited Manyara Ranch this summer. They also presented John Salehe, Director of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Fidelis Olekashe, the ranch manager, with a donation of $3,700 towards the Manyara Conservancy on June 26, 2017.

AWF Manyara Ranch, TanzaniaAWF Manyara Ranch, Tanzania

Owned and operated by the Manyara Conservancy, the Ranch's partners include the AWF together with the Monduli District Council and the Honeyguide Foundation. The donation will support Manyara Ranch, which employs people from the local community, provides education for local Maasai children, protects a vital wildlife corridor, and supports anti-poaching and wildlife research activities.

AWF Manyara Ranch, Tanzania

Protecting a Critical Wildlife Migration Corridor

The 35,000-acre Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a pioneering project blending habitat conservation with tourism for the benefit of local communities in northern Tanzania. Previously owned by the Tanzanian government, Manyara Ranch occupies a critical location between Tarangire National Park, with its characteristic baobab trees and numerous elephants, and Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. The two parks are linked by the Kwa Kuchinja wildlife corridor, which passes through Manyara Ranch. By protecting this critical corridor more than 50 species of mammals found in this region can continue to freely travel between the two parks.

sleeping lion, photographed by Peter Jaunich

Habitat Conservation that Benefits the Maasai Community

Manyara Ranch is equally invested in its local community as its wildlife. The Manyara Ranch Camp delivers comfortable accommodations and breathtaking views to guests, while providing livelihoods for local communities and protection for vulnerable wildlife.  Manyara Ranch Primary School, originally located at the center of the ranch, was relocated to a safer area at the boundary of the ranch. African Wildlife Foundation, supported by the Annenberg Foundation, undertook construction of the new school, which now has modern facilities and a greatly enhanced capacity. The Manyara Ranch School offers perhaps the only opportunity for children of the indigenous Maasai pastoralist communities in this landscape to receive a good basic education.

Maasai community, photographed by Peter JaunichBushtracks guests play soccer with local Maasai kids, photographed by Peter Jaunich

Anti-Poaching and Ongoing Wildlife Research

Other critical projects at Manyara Ranch include anti-poaching efforts and ongoing wildlife research. Anti-poaching operations are coordinated by Honeyguide Foundation, which patrols the ranch with armed rangers, microlight flights and trained sniffer-dogs to seek out poachers. An important informer network that rewards informants is also in place. Ongoing research projects include elephant, lion and wildebeest collaring to track movement and range of these animals. Giraffe and other animal counts take place regularly as do transects aimed at studying vegetation re-growth. Tarangire Lion Project has in the past assisted local communities in dealing with potential lion conflicts.

AWF Manyara Ranch, Tanzania

 

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AUTHOR BIO  |Lyn Lavery

Lyn is a Bushtracks Group Travel Planner and our Director of Operations. Lyn has been with Bushtracks since 2005, becoming a safari expert, not just in the wild areas of Africa and India, but in how travelers best enjoy those places. Her travels throughout India, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania have given her personal experience in a wide variety of camps and ecosystems. As Director of Operations, Lyn ensures that a focus on client needs permeates our entire company culture. She is a watchful eye as details flow through the office, a skilled firefighter if an emergency arises, and an expert educator in incorporating our experience into planning procedure.