People We were honoured that the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda and his wife Tunu, were able to take the time to travel to Gonja to lay the foundation stone of the Gonja Mheza Vocational Training Centre (VTC). Also there were Ted van Dam and Dik Dekker of the Suzuki Rhino Club; Anne Kilango Malecela, the MP for Same; the District Commissioner, Herman Kapufi and many other regional, district and town officials. [more]
Rhino and Mr BRRRR The two rhino calves are doing extremely well and we are hopeful that there will be two more births over the next few months. One of our senior rhino trackers has been working with Dr Peter Morkel and Dr Idrissa Chuma in the Serengeti National Park on rhino conservation. Pete was then able to travel to Mkomazi with TANAPA. [more]
Infrastructure We are continuing to work with TANAPA on the road maintenance in the park. The rains are now taking hold so the work that has been done on the main access roads by the Trust’s plant machinery has been timely. We are also working with TANAPA on a big project to develop another large water source in Mkomazi National Park for the elephant herds and other wildlife (oryx, buffalo, zebra, giraffe etc). Elephant numbers continue to be much lower than in previous years, which can only be due to the massive poaching on the Kenya side of the border. [more]
25th anniversary held at the Royal Georgraphical Society On September 25th the trust celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Mkomazi Project with a reception at the Royal Geographical Society in the presence of our patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Prince Michael. Some 150 supporters and funders enjoyed the premier of a new film, produced by Jake Thomson, Astrid Harbord and Henry Morley, on Tony Fitzjohn’s life in Africa. That was followed by a stirring speech by Elisaria Nnko, the project’s Operations Manager and the longest serving employee at Mkomazi. Many of those present had met Elisaria in Tanzania over the years so it was a real treat to have him in London and witness the pride he takes in the project. [more]
George Adamson, the "Lion Man" of Africa was one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation. He is best known through the book and film "Born Free", the story of Elsa, an orphaned lioness raised and released into the wild by Adamson and his wife, Joy.
He was born in India in 1906 and first visited Kenya in 1924. After a series of adventures, which included becoming a gold prospector, he joined Kenya's game department in 1938 and, six years later, married Joy. It was in 1956 that he shot the lioness whose cub was to become world-famous as Elsa.
George Adamson retired as a game warden in 1961 and devoted himself to his many lions. In 1970, he moved to the Kora National Reserve in northern Kenya, working with Tony Fitzjohn as his right hand man, to continue the rehabilitation of captive or orphaned big cats for eventual reintroduction into the wild.
In 1989 at the age of 83, Adamson was murdered at Kora by Somali bandits.