Movies: Conversation on Wildlife Conservation

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Going back in time, “you are the leaders of tomorrow” was a catchphrase among the educationists. Students were rallied behind movements that sensitised on gender, health and environmental issues. It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that the theme for World Wildlife Day 2017  is “Listen to the Young Voices.” With more than a quarter of the world’s population between the ages of 10 and 24, UN is engaging them in the conservation of threatened wild life.

Movies are an effective way for children to think about biodiversity or conservation in a meaningful way. For World Wildlife Day 2017, parents and teachers can also partake in ecotourism with their children to the following areas.

Ngare Ndare Forest

The Legend of Tarzan 2016 has an epic elephant scene in the forest. To quote Tarzan, ‘They say an elephant’s eyes speak the greatest language… Who else could make you feel so much without a word?’

World Wildlife Day 2017 Activity

Tree Canopy Walk

Ngare Ndare Forest is at the foothills of Mount Kenya linking it to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This indigenous forest with 200-year old trees is a migration corridor for the large, iconic African elephant. Take a tree canopy walk to see elephants walking on the forest floor. Tourism to the forest pools funds in a trust that protects elephants from poaching and ivory trade.

Masai Mara Conservancies

The movie Out of Africa showcases the wild, untamed lands of Kenya. Herds of plains wildlife grazing in the savanna, flocks of birds migrating and a pride of lions feasting is evidence of a rich wildlife heritage.

Game drive

Game drive

Masai Mara is often described as the ultimate safari destination for game viewing. With a large population of Kenya’s wildlife living outside the designated boundaries of the Masai Mara Reserve, the private conservancies extend the protected land. Wildlife is then no longer at risk of losing migration routes as well as food and water resources along the long winding rivers. Enjoy a night game drive so as to see nocturnal animals in action.

Kisite Marine Park

The delirious and exhilarating Ice Age sheds light on haunted habitats, man-wildlife conflict and species facing extinction. A topic for discussion during World Wildlife Day 2017.

World Wildlife Day 2017 activity

Ready for snorkelling

A visit to Kisite Marine Park will expose to your children a captivating underwater kingdom. The coral barrier reef acts as a rainforest on the sea by sheltering hundreds of endemic marine lives. The scenic islands are breeding grounds for turtles. Moreover, the park is home to dolphins, whales and sea birds. Also, it’s the migration trajectory route used by Whale sharks. These sharks depend on the cleanliness of their natural habitats for plastics can result to death. In order to see the colourful water kingdom, take a boat ride with a glass bottom.

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Mowgli of The Jungle Book can interact freely with wild animals; an adventurous tale many of us dream of experiencing on World Wildlife Day 2017.

Sheldrick falls at Shimba Hills Reserve

Sheldrick falls at Shimba Hills Reserve

Shimba Hills, the largest coastal forest in East Africa, provides such an opportunity. Since the thick vegetation is not the best for a game drive, partake in nature walks with an armed guide down to the Sheldrick falls. The walk exposes the delicate ecosystem that is key to the survival of the sable antelope, waterbuck, the elephant shrew and the bushy tailed mongoose.

Saiwa Swamp National Park

Environmental issues are discussed in the animation Wall-E, a robot compressing waste into mountains of garbage. In space, exiled humans are enjoying eternity in space over flat-screen entertainment, fast food and drinking soda.

Sitatunga antelope

Sitatunga antelope

Saiwa swamp is a great location to hold Geography and Biology classes in order for students to study and understand riverine forests, acacia woodlands and also observe different water birds. Since the National Park focuses on safeguarding the habitat of the rare, aquatic Sitatunga antelope, it would be a great lesson to learn how each young Kenyan can actively participate in animal welfare on World Wildlife Day 2017.

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