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Dr. Alfred Kikoti – Elephant Conservationist Extraordinaire

October 18, 2017


It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Dr. Alfred Kikoti in Arusha, Tanzania on October 13, 2017.  He served as the Chair of our board since it was established in 2011.  He was also the leader of the World Elephant Centre, a partner organization with whom we had been developing plans for a major international elephant conservation visitor centre along the Arusha – Serengeti Highway.  Alfred was passionate about elephant conservation and was a specialist in collaring and tracking elephants throughout Tanzania developing an extensive data base on their movements that was instrumental in assisting communities adapt to wildlife movements more effectively while conserving elephant populations.  He also served on the IUCN specialist elephant group and was an outspoken advocate aligned with many organizations actively promoting elephant conservation in Tanzania.  Our sincere condolences are extended to Alfred’s wife Miriam and son Jesson.

Alfred’s passion and commitment to this globally iconic species and the environments which they need to survive was a model and an inspiration to many.  As a tribute to Alfred’s work, it is important for us to continue to promote that commitment in the face of forces of greed and indifference to ensure that living in and with nature remains a valued human ideal.  The Kesho Trust will set up the Alfred Kikoti Elephant Conservation Fund to support ongoing efforts to achieve the outcomes Alfred was so passionately pursuing.  Please contribute to this fund through our website and identify your donations as dedicated to this cause.

Congratulations Emmanuel!!

October 13, 2017

Emmanuel Ole Kileli, Chair of our partner organization EMAYO, has just completed his Masters degree at the University of Victoria and returned home to Tanzania. His research focused on an assessment of the governance model and benefits from community based conservation initiatives in villages within the Loliondo Division in northern Tanzania. His studies were sponsored by the I-CAN project in which the Kesho Trust participates along with our Loliondo partner, PALISEP. His thesis can be found at: Emmanuel’s Thesis

It has been a long but rewarding two year process and we are pleased for Emmanuel and his success in this endeavour.


Information Night – Study Tour 2018

August 30, 2017

Please join us in Victoria for an information night discussing the 2018 study tours being presented by Kesho Trust.

Click here to get the details of the time and location of the event.

Nature Child Reunion – 10th Anniversary

March 20, 2017

The 10th anniversary even of our Nature Child Reunion initiative was held recently in Victoria, BC.  Richard Louv who participated in our initial events back in 2007 and 2009 was the keynote speaker and Lieutenant Governor of BC, The Honourable Judith Guichon, also participated.

It was wonderful to see the energy and success of the efforts of so many people over the last decade.  What was a little considered idea when Richard wrote “Last Child in the Woods” has become a truly significant movement in society.  As the prime motivator in the Kesho Trust’s Nature Child Reunion initiative, Bob Peart has continued to champion this concept and offered these remarks at the conference:

“Ten years ago, the importance of being outside and the value of playing in nature for children and their families was barely on the public’s radar. Now, one can hardly go to a
party, read a newspaper or listen to the news without seeing or hearing references to nature kindergartens, the need for more green spaces in cities, or the connection between
spending time outside and a child’s health and their physical and emotional development. The child-nature movement has had great success bringing these issues to the forefront,
and the momentum we are building should help address the need for greater access to and time in nature, even urban nearby nature’, for all of us”

For a full report on the event, please see the link below.

Report of the 2017 NCR anniversary conference


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