Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary

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Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary (MES) is a community-owned elephant park, a conservation area for elephants and Encephalartos cycads in Kwale District of the Coast Province of Kenya.

Location[edit]

It is located 45 km southwest of Mombasa and is adjacent to the Shimba Hills National Reserve. The sanctuary was formed in the early 1990s as a cooperative project between the people of the surrounding Mwaluganje community, United States Agency for International Development, and the Born Free Foundation and the Eden Wildlife Trust.[1]

Ecotourism[edit]

MES is an example of ecotourism, as well as community-based-conservation efforts, both of which are very recent trends in conservation management. In this community-based program, the local people have leased their privately owned property to a community-based trust.

The trust manages the sanctuary for the conservation and preservation of the elephants. In addition it is a valuable source of revenue for the local people, re through monies generated by eco-tourism and gate entrance fees. The area is off the Shimba Hills escarpment in Kwale District and is on the to the migratory route leading to Tsavo East National Reserve.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USAID Helps Kenyans Develop Community-owned Elephant Sanctuary". USAID. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Volunteer abroad - Camp Mwaluganje.". Camps Iinternational. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 

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Coordinates: 04°16′S 39°22′E / 4.267°S 39.367°E / -4.267; 39.367