ECOLOGY STUDIES IN THE FOREST

On Tuesday and Thursday Sanctuary hosted Braeburn International School for their ecology studies. On each day they were divided into four groups. Upon their arrival they were welcomed and ushered into the Sanctuary’s education center where they were briefed by the project Coordinator and Laura an intern at the Sanctuary respectively. Their areas of study were the woodland habitat, grassland habit and aquatic habitat.

briefing at the educatin centerbriefing laura

students are briefed at the Education centre
In the grassland Habitat they were to find out how many organisms were there in a particular area where they were supposed to measure out a certain area of 10 meters by 10 meters. They were then to drop the quadrant randomly in the measured area and use the mathematical way to estimate the number of organisms then record the number of plants found. Another activity that was conducted in the grassland habitat was that the kids were to use sweep net to catch invertebrate into the sweep net then record the no. and the type of invertebrate in there booklet.

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At the grasslands
They then headed t the aquatic habitat here they were supposed to use the pond dipping method which is a very basic but effective way of surveying organisms in a pond is t pond dip using a hand held net. During the 2 days visit one group were lucky to find a water scorpion which other groups did not find. Another group was also lucky to find 26 Cray fish to everyone’s surprise. They then emptied them on a plastic water tank and tallied them and record them in their booklets.

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Finally they headed to the woodland habitat here they were expected to survey invertebrates in trees and bushes using a beating method which involves the shaking or beating of branches to dislodge the insects, which then falls onto a white cloth that was placed at the base of tree and shrubs, which then was trapped into a viewing tube to help them take a closer view.

at the woodland habitat

at the woodlands

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NGONG ROAD FOREST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PRACTICE HOME BANKING SAVING SKILLS

The Sanctuary is working closely with the people in awareness campaign to inculcate the culture of sustainable use of natural resources. In the recent past the Trust has been working closely with a non- governmental organizations teaching the community on the benefits of saving, making detergents, embroidery among other economic empowerment businesses.

opening the home bank

Opening one  of the members home bank
Currently they are learning the benefits of saving taught by the staff of an NGO by the name of Hand in Hand in order to start various income generating activities. After training on how to save each member was given a home bank to which he/she was to keep for six months and were encouraged to save a certain amount each day. After the six months they brought the money and the member who had saved the most was awarded.

counting the money

person with the highest savings

Counting and recording the money from the members
During the last meeting they brought the home banks where the officials of Hand in Hand counted and recorded the money. The total savings from the community members was Kshs 77,493 with the highest member saving a total of Kshs 25,081 and the lowest saving a total of with Kshs 500. They were encouraged to start a business with the money they had saved.
Story by Laura &Hellen- Interns
office@ngongforestsanctuary.com
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HIVE INSPECTION

It was early in the morning at around 7 am when my colleague and I accompanied some of the community members into the forest for them to inspect their hives. The bee hives are located in different sections but within close proximity to each other.

changing ino bee hive suits

changing

changing into the beehive suits
The community members were dressed in the attire required during an inspection (bee hive suits) so that they could not be stung by the bees. Unfortunately for us we did not have the required clothing therefore just viewed from afar as we took some photographs. The hives known as ‘mzingas’ in swahili as the members called them, were not ready for harvest as most of them had a little or no honey at all. Some of them were invaded by the wax moth as it laid eggs inside and others wasp thus they had to be cleaned up and some plants with an attractive smell to bees placed inside.

inspection

inspection 1

inspection 2

inspection 3

Inspecting the hives
The cool breeze, the fresh air, the beautiful sunrise and the active birds within the forest made the experience lively and good. Hopefully next time we may be given the bee hive suites so as to participate practically in the bee hive inspection too.
By Laura and Hellen
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SANCTUARY HOSTS A CHARITY A CHARITY WALK

On Saturday we hosted the annual Nairobi Hospice Charity walk. Nairobi Hospice is a charity caring for patients with life limiting illnesses such as cancer, HIV and Aids. The theme of the walk was “Chose to add life to their day not just days to their life.” We arrived early at Hillcrest School grounds where the walk was scheduled to start. Participants started streaming in at around 9:30 am majority of the participants were young children.
After a brief welcome they were then flagged off the walk was mainly concentrated in section 3 of the forest and the route had been prepared in way that it headed back to the Hillcrest grounds. There were several check points in the forest where the participants were given a sachet of glucose to boost their energy. They then headed back to Hillcrest school grounds were there was entertainment and a few speeches as the walk came to a close.

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in a section of the forest

walking in the forest

at one of the check pointsrefreshments

at one of the check points receiving refreshments

entertainment

entertainment
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SANCTUARY TO HOST NAIROBI HOSPICE ANNUAL CHARITY WALK

On Saturday 27th September 2014 the Sanctuary will host the Nairobi Hospice annual charity walk. The walk is aimed at raising funds to help care for patients with life limiting illnesses such as Cancer, HIV and Aids among others.
Preparations are underway to ensure that the event is of great success.

preparations

marking off the routes

marking the trails

 

 

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ONE OF THE BIG FIVE FOUND DEAD IN THE FOREST

Every morning is a working day for us as forest rangers. Most of our patrols are mainly focused in areas adjacent to Kibera as it is prone to logging as it is a source of fuel to the dwellers there. As we headed for our normal patrols we decided to start with a route we don’t normally start with and this is the area adjacent to Racecourse. Just after crossing the seasonal river we decided to check on the holes where the hyenas live as we always find the remains of animals that had been scavenged on.

Once we got there we saw something that looked like a hyena. “Is it a hyena?” My colleague Steve asked. “Let’s go!” I said as I did not want to risk being attacked by the animal. My colleague probed and got closer to our shock it was a dead leopard! It had a tag on its neck and appeared like it had been killed somewhere else and dragged by the hyenas.
We immediately informed the office who in turn informed the Kenya wildlife service personnel with whom they hurriedly came to the scene. After a little dialogue the Kenya Service personnel decided they would take the leopard for further investigation to determine what could have possibly killed the leopard.

Carcas

the dead leopard

The Caracas

kws personnel

kws

transportin gthe dead leopard
Story by Ranger Nicholas Akach
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SANCTUARY HOSTS HONEY CARE AFRICA

Recently Honey care Africa visited the Sanctuary to inspect the hives that are in the forest.changing

Changing

using smokers

using beekeeping smokers

 

inspection

inspection 1

hives inspection

NGONG FOREST MTB CHALLENGE A GREAT SUCCESS!!!

On Saturday 23rd August 2014 Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary in partnership with H&A held a cycling and running event at the sanctuary. The event whose main aim was to: Create cycling trails within the forest for the public, Maintain the existing fence and increase security for all along the trails and Help in the daily running of the Sanctuaries activities was a great success.

warm up

Warming up before  the cycling starts

briefing

flag off

Briefing and flagged off

in the forestforest 2

Cycling in the forest

finishing point

At the finishing point

 

glad he made it

Glad to have made it to the end

certificates

Participants awarded certificates for participation

 

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE NGONG FOREST MTB CHALLENGE????

H & A have partnered with the Ngong Forest Sanctuary and we have agreed on a quarterly cycling and running event in the Ngong Forest.The Ngong Forest is located in Nairobi City and is among the few remaining Forests within the city of Nairobi. The forest is managed by the Ngong Forest Sanctuary trust and is Open to the public.

Our goals together with the Ngong Sanctuary Trust are to;

• Create cycling trails within the forest for the public
• Maintain the existing fence and increase security for all along the trails
• Help in the daily running of the Sanctuaries activities.

The H & A Ngong Cycling challenge is hosted within the forest. The trails are well marked out and boast great variance and beautiful sights.

The Ngong Forest mtb  Challenge is happening on 23rd August 2014 at Ngong Forest Sanctuary.

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kids
Kindly register at : www.hnasports.co.ke

The Spirit of Hiking Revealed In The Sanctuary Once Again.

 

The sanctuary was much glad to welcome the Uvubuzi members for hiking in the sanctuary recently. The team comprised of families and friends who were eager to have a hike in the only forest within a city. The uniqueness of this forest is that despite of the challenges that forests undergo more so from human activities it has emerged to be recognized as the only natural forest in the city.

The members arrived and were ushered in well by our rangers and first we got the chance to introduce ourselves and orientation was done.

getting to know each otherintroductions

entrance

at the entrance
At 12 the hike began with all members ready for the event all dressed in appropriate attires to ease with the hike in the forest. We walked and I actually could tell that the forest could have much to offer when they could see much of the co existence between the flora and fauna and their dependency and adaptations that make each one of them able to survive in the wilderness and how mother nature is so true and quite beyond the human understanding on how actually life is in the forest. As we proceeded with the hike we bonded learned a lot from each other and also saw different animals, birds, trees and shrubs that we came across. The growth and the characteristic of the “mugumo tree” in Kikuyu, English name known as the strangler fig tree botanical name the “Fiscus Thonningiii” wowed and the same time was an amusement in how it grows to be a such huge tree.

at mugumo

amused at how the “mugumo tree” grows
The security was much available and they felt safe to walk having four security personnel walking in front at the back and in the midst of them. We went from the wide trails to the thickets in the forest and down and up the seasonal river which at now is dried up and we walked along the river into the thicket forest and we came to an open place where we had a rest and agreed let us call it a day and went back after a rest at the Racecourse Dam tracing different birdlife of different species around that particular site.

walking

walking in the forest

resting at thedam

taking a rest at the dam

At 2.30 I could tell that majority of the Uvubuzi team were tired and we had to cut it short for another day. Having achieved and gained much knowledge on the forest, have hiked, bonded and also the exercise part and stretching of the body muscles are among the accomplishments that they had managed to accomplish.

uvumbuzi club

welcome again

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