Lumo Volunteers program aims to bring volunteers from all over the world to support the rangers in protecting the wildlife and helping the local community develop sustainable means of living. In the past years, there has been a growing number of dedicated people of all ages and of various nationalities who have really made a difference to this area. Volunteers provide practical help by bringing a lot of different skills and new ideas to the community, from which many people here can benefit – whether this is specialist knowlegde about biology, languages, trees, birds, healthcare There are many tasks in which volunteers simply provide some very much appreciated extra man-power for the rangers, like when looking for poachers´ snares on foot patrols, chasing cattle back into the grazing area or planting trees with school children or tourists.
Work with Rangers in the Lumo Wildlife Conservancy At the Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya, you can accompany and support the wildlife rangers in their daily work – with the registry of wildlife sightings, maintenance of the protected area, removal of traps, treatment of injured animals, guiding of tourists, reforestation, environmental education in neighboring schools and programs for the local population. Your activities with the rangers The Rangers begin work at 8:30 in the morning, driving through the conservancy and registering wildlife sightings. Rangers with Volunteers mark the animals sighted on GPS. On these patrols, you will pretty much always be able to see some wildlife – elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, antelopes, sometimes even lions, cheetahs or leopards…. Rangers engage the volunteers in road maintenance work, e.g. clearing away stray trees or branches, filling potholes, renewing signs and markings or general improvisations. The protected area has, unfortunately, several poacher traps. The rangers and volunteers find traps and eliminate them. These patrols are done on foot. If injured wild animals are spotted, a veterinarian is called for and the animal is treated. Part of the work is also the remove cattle out of the conservation area. There may be cows outside the designated grazing area which need to be driven back into their zone The Rangers also conduct environmental education activities in the neighboring schools. In schools, videos are shown and discussions about animals are held with the students. Volunteers can conduct these, if they wish to; they need to be proactive about it. This time is also utilized to donate to needy students. Sometimes we also plant trees together or do a spot of rubbish-picking. Thus, you will have many opportunities to meet with the local population and to get to know about their lives. Another activity is Outreach to the orphanage as part of wildlife conservation benefits. Rangers and volunteers deliver the goodies to the needy children.