How to help?
If you are interested in participating in research and conservation of Taita mountain dwarf galago and Taita tree hyrax you are most welcome to.
These animals are almost extinct. There is urgent need for conservation of Taita mountain dwarf galago and Taita tree hyrax.
I don’t want to see these species go extinct.
When species habitat is destroyed, for some time species will survive, but this is only temporary. Phenomenon is called extinction dept. Viable population requires at least 500 individuals and unfortunately Taita mountain dwarf galago population size is bellow this.
Research and conservation efforts including reforestation are needed.
Research focuses on taxonomic identification and assessment for IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This official identification is necessary to proceed with conservation in larger scale.
In Taita Hills reforestation plans has been made years ago with Kenya Forest Service and researchers from University of Helsinki. Plans to increase sizes of indigenous forests protect thousands of other species, including endemic and rare birds Taita apalis, Taita white-eye and Taita thrus.
During years 2021 and 2022 research will be funded by Kone Foundation.
We have also received funding from University of Helsinki, LUOMUS – Natural History Museum of Finland, and logistical and other support from Taita Research Station.
Donations can be made to University of Helsinki Taita fund. These donations will be used directly to the research and protection of these species. I will be personally able to decide how money is spent and report to you as funder what has been done.
DONATE – UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Choose Taita fund and write dwarf galago, tree hyrax or Hanna Rosti to message field.
Please let me know also that you have made donation. I will keep you posted on monthly bases on the research and behind the scenes issues. Or I can take you to the forest with me as my assistant. Or something in between.
Taita Hills would be excellent base for companies selling Carbon Credits!
Reforestation plans are already made by researchers from Helsinki University and Kenya Forest Service. Area is safe. Replanting forests would create well being for large area, both humans and all the nature. Indigenous forest are important for water catchment. Water from Taita Hills runs all the way to surrounding savannas. At the moment people and animals of the savannas are struggling as lack of water and hence lack of food. You can read more about this from my post about Elephants are pushing down trees of savannas/