With the increased rate of poaching conservation efforts have been affected extensively. This has been highly contributed by the increase in population growth and poverty level among the communities in the neighboring lumo.

In the beginning of this year 2012 lumo together with David Sheldrick have incorporated their efforts towards the disnaring programme. The team of rangers has been able to remove some shares which have caused a lot of harm to wild animals. Bush meat has become a source of livelihood among the community making subsistence poaching to be on the rise. This has not left behind ensnaring elephants for ivory. At one point the lumo rangers identified an elephant which escaped with pieces of wire on its hind limb unfortunately after tracking it together with David sheldrick rangers for few days it vanished into Tsavo west.

Due to uncontrolled grafting in the ranches and partly lumo the advance effects have clearly been noticed. The number of cattle has outnumbered the total area of the ranch required to hold the livestock. The total number of cattle versus the number of hectares is increble alarming. Livestock are competing for pasture with wild animals.

Most of the lumo area has been degraded in such that there is no longer any seed count for germination to take place. Trees have also been cut in bomas preparation by the grazers as they shift their bomas in search of pasture and water.

Due to the poor condition of the two old sanctuary vehicles, our rangers have not been able to cover the sanctuary as diligently as they would wish. But joint patrols with our neighbours, Sarova, and Sheldrick Trust rare in place. In the thick bush area between the main gate and Makitau no new wire snares have been found since out last report.

 The sanctuary has two old vehicles (land cruser KAP 876Q, and maruti gypsy KAN 299V) and one motor cycle. Unfortunately the vehicles are on constant repairs due to their depreciation nature hence hampering conservation efforts.

In February an extensive elephant count was carried out within the total Tsavo eco-system by KWS and IFAW amongst other concerned donors. Despite the dreadful drought of 2009 and the increased poaching incidents the great news is that Elephant numbers are on the rise with over 12,500 counted.

In LUMO we have noticed an increase in tusk size and numbers of elephant who stay longer. Is this perhaps due to a feeling of safety in our sanctuary?

Direct volunteer visits to LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary:

There is no need for volunteers now to come through agents or other organizations to realize their dreams of doing their volunteer work. We are now giving volunteers all over the world a chance to see the wild game while doing what they like best during their visit in Kenya.

We have set up a volunteer section within our sanctuary to assist the volunteers visiting Kenya and Lumo in particular feel that they will never forget Lumo Sanctuary and Kenya as a whole.

The pulse of activity within LUMO CommunityWildlife Sanctuary is dictated by the rains. Our short rains failed, but we had a green Christmas followed by a short dry period and then the long rains came by mid-February- a full two months early. We now must manage grazing and water to ensure that the sanctuary can sustain increased wildlife herds as animals begin to feel safe in LUMO.

LUMO secretary has been in existence for almost 10 yeas but its very unfortunate since most of the shareholders feel like a lot has not yet been done to them. A trip by KWS to northern rangers sanctuaries by the stakeholders has called for more from LUMO by its shareholders who believe even lumo can be in a position to benefit all its members who amount close to 5000.

After 10 years the shareholders finally received a tangible financial return for setting aside their land to form the LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary Trust which you have enjoyed. Lualenyi, Maramba and Oza ranches each received Ksh 50,000/= for bursaries and Ksh 150,000/= towards their own choice of community projects at a colourful ceremony held in the EGGS Campsite.

Grazing has been a very big challenge towards our conservation efforts since the ranches have already exhausted the grass in their conservation area and already the land has been degraded to an extent that there is no seed bank and the area remains bare. More cattle are hence being moved into the conservation area and this is pushing out the wild animals towards the neighboring sanctuary.

 The Taita lower zone has been known to harbor wildlife for ages even before the gazettement of Kenya national parks and game reserves. The forefathers used to live on the hills where they tilled land and came to the lower zone for hunting and gathering. Fortunately as told through generation the Taita hunted strong energetic bulls and would never hunt a female or young one. With this kind of lifestyle the two groups lived harmoniously without HWC.

The first EGGS ‘Eye Go Game Spotting’ competition was won by ‘Scrambled Eggs’ led by Alex Rostocil, narrowly beating the home team; Sarova of Taita Hills.

Each vehicle had thirty hours to spot as many different varieties of game, birds, dung and plants. Each new ‘spot’ had to be photographed as proof and points were awarded. Among the rare species found were aardwolf, pangolin, civet, wild cat, lion and porcupine.

The community conservancy has started a programme of taking volunteers from allover the world to come to LUMO and help in the conservation efforts and also do something for our community. The programme which started mid 2011 has already about 10 volunteers who have come and made an impact towards the project. The sanctuary manager’s initiative of starting this programme was supported by LUMO board together with Tsavo volunteers who coordinate in bringing them to our sanctuary has started showing its importance to the sanctuary and community.

Recent Updates

Fundraising Event for the Community

10 May 2011

The first EGGS ‘Eye Go Game Spotting’ competition was won by ‘Scrambled Eggs’ led by Alex Rostocil, narrowly beating the home team; Sarova of Taita Hills. Each vehicle had thirty...

Elephant Count

11 May 2011

In February an extensive elephant count was carried out within the total Tsavo eco-system by KWS and IFAW amongst other concerned donors. Despite the dreadful drought of 2009 and the...

Water management

11 May 2011

The pulse of activity within LUMO CommunityWildlife Sanctuary is dictated by the rains. Our short rains failed, but we had a green Christmas followed by a short dry period and...

Funds to the Community

11 May 2011

After 10 years the shareholders finally received a tangible financial return for setting aside their land to form the LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary Trust which you have enjoyed. Lualenyi, Maramba...