WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
Habitat loss is one of the key threats facing our wildlife. Many pieces of research on climate change have indicated that the earth is become significantly hotter and drier, resulting in poorer foraging conditions. This situation threatens the survival of the vast majority of species and further complicates the already fragile land issue. Increasing Human-Wildlife Conflicts (HWC) further aggravates the plight of African Elephants and other wild animals. Habitat loss and poaching for ivory has brought the population of African elephants to a catastrophic risk. At the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 415,000 – 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 – 40,000 wild Asian elephants.
Shrinking elephant habitats and expanding human populations mean people and elephants increasingly come into contact. Elephants can be dangerous to humans and can devastate crops and buildings. Each year, around 35 people in Kenya are killed by elephants (Un-published report by KWS 2013). Research work undertaken by Elephant Neighbors Centre and Green Warriors Movement in Amboseli National Park, Marsabit, Maasai Mara National Reserve and Tsavo Conservation Area shows that: human-elephant conflict is on the rise between the year 2014 – 2017 due to human interference within the conservation areas and climate change effect. However, we have established practical and inexpensive ways to help people protect themselves, their crops and get a source of livelihood. These include Bee Hive Projects, Boma Proofing by lights, Continuous Awareness Creation and mitigation by visiting the people living close to wildlife/wilderness areas and town near their environs.
The Big Five Festival seeks to bring both the conservation-minded, conservation not minded people, fun loving people, youth and old people together under a melodious musical and cultural festival and thereby enhance their conservation awareness. Ultimately, this will increase the population of Kenyan citizens, residents and non-residents visiting our national parks and reserves since the event will be biannual in different thematic areas.
On August 11th – 12th 2018; the Elephant Neighbors Centre, Green Ranger Safaris, Glitterz Eventz Management, Seasons Hotels, Elephant Lovers, Conservationists, Youth, Children, Artists and others wish to have quality music fun festival to dance for and celebrafe our Precious Flora and Fauna and express our concern, share our knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild animals alike. Poaching is a cross-cutting issue all over the world. The population of Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes and other wild animals has drastically gone down. Currently, we only have TWO Northern White Rhinos left in the World. It’s shocking, but that’s the reality. Sadly, the two females at Ol Pejeta Conservancy can’t have a normal pregnancy! This shows that if we are not responsible for taking care of our wildlife heritage, we will have no Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, Buffaloes, Lions and other wild animals in the future.
It is on this underlying principle that we: Elephant Neighbors Centre, Glitterz Events, Green Ranger Safaris, Safari Exposure Tours Ltd and Green Warriors Movement wish to partner with the Season Hotels and organize the Big Five Festival. The venue for the noble event will be at the Duara Camp, Lake Elementaita. Our main purpose is to proactively increase the participation of the youth and local communities towards wildlife conservation, particularly the Elephant conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.
Secondly, we wish to raise funds to implement community-based conservation programmes as outlined herein. The Big Five Festival is a noble initiative which will provide a platform for corporate organizations to market their products and services whilst engaging all members of the society in educative and interactive learning sessions. Additionally, the event will integrate artists and local celebrities to educate the people on wildlife conservation matters, waste management and community development.
PURPOSE OF THE FESTIVAL
Through this festival, we hope to realize our noble objective which is raising funds for conservation programmes in Kenya. We aim to encourage and emphasize the importance of wildlife conservation and raise funds for Wildlife Conservation programs to be undertaken in the Tsavo Conservation Area and other parts of the Kenyan Republic.
BIG FIVE FESTIVAL OBJECTIVES
- To raise funds for Environmental Education in primary and secondary schools with a focus on Elephants (Ivory Belongs to Elephants Campaign long-term program). We will build the capacity of the Youth and Local Communities to enable them to participate and influence decision making. (Short and Long Term).
- To raise funds for Mitigating and effectively control Human-Wildlife Conflict in Tsavo Conservation area by setting up 1,000 Beehives around affected farms and also integrate 10,000 families to effectively mitigate Human-Wildlife conflict project Phase One. (Long-Term).
- Boma proofing by lights – for controlling Lion attacks on Livestock (Long Term).
- Create more awareness of the Kenyan parks and encourage tourism (Short and Long Term).
The Big Five Festival will feature challenging, competitive and fun activities including, a unique and exciting theme that also provides a platform to market your product/services for a good cause. The event will be graced by amazing performances, local artists and deejays entertaining the audience as they show their support for the initiative and the passion driving all of us to make a difference.
Additionally, the Venue (Duara Camp, Lake Elementaita) provides a superb opportunity to reconnect with nature.
Furthermore, music connects us with reality. In line with this, we will use music as a tool to communicate with the public. We will also have an art exhibition and a children’s corner.