Continuing Tony’s Conservation Work and Legacy
The Trust wishes to thank you all for the help and support that you provided for the Trust, for Tony and his family and for the cause of conservation. Lucy Fitzjohn, Tony’s wife of 25 years, and Alexander, his oldest child have worked with Tony for years at Mkomazi and Kora and will ensure that Tony’s legacy continues. Alex, or Mukka as he is known to his friends and family, has been working in Kora for the past several years. He and Lucy worked closely with Tony, Kenyan Wildlife Services (KWS), the Kenyan government and the Trusts in creating a detailed “management plan” for the restoration of Kora National Park.
WildlifeNOW will continue to work in collaboration with and provide assistance to the wildlife authority KWS in a restoration and rehabilitation program focusing on the rebuilding of a safe and sustainable ecosystem and the protection of the habitat and wildlife of Kora National Park, Kenya, and to continue our work amongst the communities in the surrounding area.
Photograph by Guillaume Bonn
In late 2019 the Trusts handed their part of the Mkomazi Project in Tanzania over to the wildlife authority (Tanzanian National Parks) and returned to Kenya to focus on the rehabilitation of Kora National Park, continuing extensive discussions with KWS for the long-term stewardship, conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development of Kora and to forward joint objectives.
To date, work in Kora has included the rebuilding of George Adamson’s camp, establishment of a small workshop, installation of electrical, solar, communication and water systems, deployment of a tractor and trailer and vehicles to support KWS and their personnel in the field; construction of roads and tracks; aircraft patrols; working with KWS on ground patrols; purchase and importing of equipment for field work; and community outreach work which has focused on medical, education and water projects. A framework management plan and list of priorities was developed and these were handed to KWS. An environmental impact assessment was undertaken with KWS for proposed fencing for an endangered species program and NEMA approval for this was sought and obtained. All the roads and tracks in Kora were GPS’d and a map was produced and handed to KWS.