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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]

Kora National Park

Kora was the home of George Adamson and Tony Fitzjohn for nearly 20 years. It was recently made into a national park and the trusts have a strong commitment and duty to try to help Kora prosper into the future

At the request of Kenya's then Foreign Minister, and Kenya Wildlife Services, Tony Fitzjohn has conducted several surveys of Kora on behalf of the Kenyan Government and the trusts to try to ascertain what steps need to be taken to continue development and protection of the area. On-site meetings with representatives from the District Offices and Kenya Wildlife Services have taken place, and detailed reports have been written

In the past, Kora was an insecure area. Today, the political will is in place to protect it and Kora is therefore in need of funds for development and long term security. The trusts are assisting the Kenya Wildlife Services Senior Warden of Meru and Kora National Parks on a multi-disciplinary programme of development. This initially includes the rebuilding of George Adamson’s camp to serve as a memorial and a tourist attraction, and the opening up of old road networks and cutting of new road networks. Further plans are in place once these initial tasks are completed.

Tourism could bring in important revenue and a bridge has been built between Meru National Park and Kora - always a dream of George Adamson's - which is helping to put Kora on the map for a new northern tourist circuit.

The mess hut at Kora prior to restoration

Tony has assisted in the siting of a proposed tourist lodge close to the magnificent Tana River

Asako is the main village on Kora's boundaries. George and Tony's loyal and sympathetic neighbours for nearly two decades, it is isolated and virtually forgotten and at the mercy of all too regular shifta bandit attacks. The security of the area is now improving, yet the village is in desperate need of development and assistance. The trusts are funding medical visits and have stocked a small dispensary which has been carried out by the Flying Doctors Service. The trusts have also funded the revival and maintenance of a clean and regular water supply, which is being effected through AMREF (African Medical Research and Education Foundation). Upgrading of housing in the village for a recruited government nurse is another priority.

The trusts are working to maintain and increase their close commitment to Kora and the village of Asako to ensure the further development of this unique, and virtually unspoilt, piece of northern wilderness