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TAGGING EXPEDITION 2010

Happy new year everyone!

2009 was a big year for us here at the East African Whale Shark Trust. Volker qualified as a microlight pilot in June and HUGE news is that the EAWST now has its own microlight thanks to very generous donations in lieu of wedding gifts – yes you guessed it, Volker and I got married in October ūüôā¬† we figured that rather than a gift register (how many toasters and towels do you need!!) we would ask people to make donations to the EAWST instead. We didn’t expect so many people to be so generous but it seems love was all around that day and voila we now have our own microlight!!

In practical terms this will make an enormous difference for us because we won’t have to hire a plane. It will really bring down the cost of running the expedition and we will be able to do so much more for whale sharks now that we are more independent. Effectively as soon as we know the whale sharks are around we can get out there and work rather than having to book a plane and a pilot in advance. We are also going to work with the KWS on more regular marine surveys, something we have been harping on about for years. Now it is really going to happen. So we are very excited at the start of 2010!

Just letting you know as well that we are now taking bookings for the 2010 tagging expedition which will run from February through March. Trips leave from Aqualand Watersports Centre next to Pinewood Hotel on Galu-Kinondo beach south of Diani on Kenya’s beautiful south coast. The 4-5 hour trip costs USD150 and all the proceeds go directly to running the expedition. We are already flying several times a week to check on whale shark numbers and will keep you posted. Email me [email protected] for more info on the expedition and we hope to see you in Diani next month.

GIANT TURTLE SAVED

Sorry for the silence folks! I have been away most of the summer helping my parents recover from hip surgeries and planning my wedding which is now in less than a week (yikes)!! The EAWST is still alive though and getting ready for the season.

Yesterday a giant green turtle was rescued on our beach, caught in the fishermen’s
net.  Even the fishermen were amazed at the size, saying
they had never seen such a big turtle. Measurements were taken – length of
shell : 1m 56 cm; width of shell : 108 cm; size of front leg taken from
armpit 57 cm ; back leg 32 cm. Huge!!

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Thanks to Luciana, Cara and the Colobus Trust for helping in the rescue and sending me these pictures.

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Let’s hope she stays clear of the nets in the future.

Papa Pata Pata!

My name is Dipesh Pabari and its great to be able to have the opportunity to be blogging on the WildlifeDirect platform having worked in the Nairobi office for several months. Over the last few months, my wife, Elodie and I have been assisting a little bit at the Colobus Trust  so being the blogaholic I am, I have been in full blog mode down the road from the East Africa Whale Shark Trust as well as at Camps International where I am now working on lots of different exciting projects.

Can‚Äôt tell you how happy my family and I are to be back on the Coast especially Diani. For small town people like us it’s perfect and finally I have learned where north and south are (only because Diani is a one street town going north or south! :)). More importantly, I am finally doing exactly what I have always wanted to be doing ‚Äď working within a responsible business framework that cares for the people, the environment and the wildlife that it depends upon…

Enough of me…

Aside from all the other exciting projects that Camp Kenya is involved with this summer, one of the most exciting funky little projects we have initiated is building a life size whale shark out of recycled flipflops picked off the beaches here! Yup!

And here‚Äôs the proof…

First we had to do a lot of wiring to make the frame which an amazing local artist called Benson literally got his hands tied up all in for three days!

Once it was done we had not quite figured out how we were going to get it to our beach camp. Alas, the old landcruiser had to prove herself!

Alas, he arrived well and unharmed to his new mother, Fadhili who is an old friend and accomplice in creating funky marine art from recycled beach debris…

Fadhili and I met a few years ago when we did the first ever life size minke whale from recycled flipflops. It was quite ambitious but we had a lot of support from the World Society for the Protection of Animals, Camp Kenya, Global Vision International, Watamu Turtle Watch, UniquEco and hundreds of local school children across the Kenyan coast who helped pick over 15,000 flipflops and countless bags of rubbish in less than two months.  BBC and a number of other media houses loved the story. You can watch the first BBC feature by clicking HERE

Mfalme (above) was built as our contribution to a global campaign against whaling but stood for so much and really put us on the map as having people who genuinely care for our environment. We hope that Papa Pata Pata will make people from all over the world realize how precious and misunderstood whale sharks are…

Dipesh Pabari
Camps International

Bumble The Whaleshark

The whale shark adopted and sponsored by Peter and Philipa Gibbon is to be called Bumble. Many thanks again Peter and Philipa for your kind support! Bumble is Kenya’s first shark to be tagged with an acoustic tag.

Yesterday we didn’t see any sharks and I am just leaving now to see off the expedition of 20 Swedish students. We have to take 60 litres of petrol to the pilot and then organise and brief the expedition members down at Aqualand. It’s going to be a busy day.

Will keep you posted.

Baby Dugong Caught In Net

Dugong find in Kiunga Marine National Reserve

The news filtered through the village, in disbelieving whispers that a dugong‚ÄĚnguva‚ÄĚ had been caught in one of fishermen gillnets. There was a palpable but restrained sense of excitement in Kiunga village. Then fishermen confirmed and identified whose nets had caught the dugong there was a pandemonium in the otherwise sleepy village.¬†¬† Everyone who could walk (mostly women and children) made a beeline to the fish landing site to wait for the mysterious and extremely rare dugong.¬†¬†

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The last time a dugong was sighted in Lamu archipelago was in 2003 and it was already dead. The exciting part is that the fisherman in whose gillnet the baby dugong was caught said that the mother was in the vicinity. This indicates that there is a breeding dugong population north of Kiunga Marine National Reserve   presenting and opportunity as well as a challenge to the conservation of these rare sea cow.   It interesting to note that although there have been anecdotal sightings of dugongs along the coast especially in Shimoni and Kisite areas at the southern coast of Kenya dugong foraging grounds have not been exactly identified unlike in Kiunga where the dugong was entangled in a gillnet set  across sea grass beds.

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The dugong is a subject to many lores and stories in the Bajuni culture such as the mermaids (dugongs are part of the mermaid lore and its believed and practiced that any fishermen who brought a female dugong to shore must be taken to the mosque to swear that he did not¬†have carnal knowledge with it –¬†this was mainly due to similarity of a female dugong with a woman body)

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Conservation implications

The baby dugong entangled in the gill net indicates that there is a breeding population in Kiunga Marine National Reserve.¬† This brings to fore the need to develop conservation strategy for this esoteric sea mammal using a wealth of indigenous knowledge that could disappear forever if not integrated into mainstream policy and research.First and foremost the population needs to be verified, set up code of conduct for identified dugong foraging sites and regular monitoring and research to glean more information and knowledge about these mammals at this part of the world ‚Äď Western Indian Ocean

Threats

The greatest threat to dugongs is the loss of their habitats (sea grass) due siltation and increase in nutrients from human activitiesFishing nets also pose a threat to dugongs as clearly shown by the entangled baby dugong in Kiunga. 

Dugong facts  

Along with the manatee and the now-extinct Steller’s Sea Cow, the dugong makes up the order Sirenia.

Dugongs are usually found in shallow waters protected from large waves and storms. Dugongs live for approximately 70 years. Female dugongs first breed between the ages of six and 17 years old. They produce calves every 2.5-5 years with a gestation period of one year. Dugongs reach adult size between 9 and 17 years of age.

Dugongs have an average size of 2.4 to 3 meters and weigh between 231 to 500 kilograms; they can stay underwater for approximately 6 minutes. Dugongs graze on underwater grasses day and night. Dugongs spend much of their time alone or in pairs, though they are sometimes seen gathered in large herds of a hundred animals.Dugongs are sought after for their meat, oil, skin, bones, and teeth. Dugongs are now legally protected throughout most of their range, but their populations are still in a tenuous state. Dugong can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific. Dugongs are also highly migratory.

 Internationally, dugong are listed on Appendix I of the Conservation of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and on Appendix II of the Convention on Migratory Species (the CMS).

This report was sent to me by Mike Olendo, WWF Kiunga which is in Northern Kenya. We are all very excited because dugongs are so rare these days! We are hoping to put a programme together to see if we can tag some. It is encouraging to see that they are still around our coast. Thanks to Mike and his team for the write up and great photos!

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Open Letter from Captain Paul Watson

Happy new year all!

As we start the New Year, let’s spare a thought for Paul Watson and his crew fighting the good fight! We wish them all the very best and every success in their endeavours.

An Open Letter from Captain Paul Watson from the Tasman Sea

Dear Friends,
We are finally on our way. My ship Steve Irwin and my crew left Brisbane in Queensland, Australia on December 4th. We made a brief stop in Newcastle in New South Wales to take on fuel and oil and departed on December 7th. We will make another brief stop in Hobart in Tasmania to top up the fuel tanks to allow us the maximum range when we head to the Ross Sea to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet.

We are under no illusion that this will be an easy campaign. Japan has budgeted 8 million dollars to oppose our efforts. What this means we have no idea. Will they send a gunboat? We don‚Äôt know for sure but they have said they will arrest us if we interfere with their illegal whaling operations. How they will do that is unknown. Will the fire on our ship or board our ship? ‚Äď we don‚Äôt know. We just need to be prepared for all possibilities.

This is a four part campaign. Basically it gets down to ‚Äúprepare, search, intercept, and stop‚ÄĚ.¬†
We are prepared. We have improved the ship substantially since the last campaign.

We have a newly constructed helicopter deck and hanger, a completely over-hauled helicopter and in addition to our very experienced ex-military (U.S. Marine) pilot we also have a dedicated helicopter mechanic.

On deck we have a new hydraulic winch and two new fast interceptor boats.

We have three times the safety equipment required including immersion suits, survival suits, lifeboats, and EPIRB’s. We also have a medical doctor onboard and officers holding EMT certificates.

We have a master welder, master carpenter, and a crew of very experienced engineers led by our longtime Chief Engineer Charles Hutchings. We have qualified divers, communication techs, and navigators

We also have new tactics, new equipment and new ideas to help us with our mission.
And we have an excellent crew. There are 40 crew presently, plus an 8 person crew from Animal Planet to shoot the 2nd season of Whale Wars. A third of the crew is Australian and a third American with the remaining third composed of citizens from Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Hungary and Japan.

A third of the crew are women and half of the crew are returning veterans.
Upon leaving Hobart, we will begin the 2nd phase of the campaign Рthe search. This year the Japanese whaling fleet is operating in the Ross Sea and that is where we will be heading. It’s a long haul to get there and once there it’s a vast area to search but we will scour those remote frozen seas until we find them and once we do we will intercept them and hopefully before they kill too many whales.

There are quite a few differences between this campaign and our previous four voyages to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

This year we will be very much alone down there.

The new Australian government of Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett has reneged on their election promises and they will not have any ships in the Southern Ocean.. In fact the Australian Navy has been ordered into port ‚Äď practically all of their ships and their officers and crew have been sent home for a two month vacation. There is not a single Australian government ship patrolling the Australian Antarctic Territorial waters despite the fact that the Japanese whaling fleet has been killing whales in direct contempt of an Australian Federal Court ruling specifically forbidding the killing of whales in waters over which Australia has declared sovereignty.

Greenpeace will not be down in the Southern Ocean, despite raising millions of dollars for that express purpose. They have backed out primarily because they do not want to be associated with Sea Shepherd actions. Their excuse is that they need to address the trial of two of their Japanese activists. Greenpeace has the funding to do both and they certainly have the ships. The truth is that they have surrendered the Southern Oceans to the Japanese whaling fleet. They no longer have the stomach for confrontation.

The key to success with the Japanese whalers is persistence. We must never retreat or surrender the Southern Ocean Sanctuary to them. We must continue to undermine their profits and we must continue to expose their illegal activities to the world.

We must do this no matter what obstacles they throw up before us, no matter how violent they become, no matter what political, media and economic pressure they direct at us.

They can call us all the names in the world but they cannot deny the reality that they are targeting threatened and endangered whales in an established whale sanctuary in violation of the international moratorium on commercial whaling and in contempt of the Australian courts.

Sea Shepherd on the other hand has not, and is not violating international law. We have not injured anyone and we have not been charged with any crime. We are acting in accordance with the principles established in the United Nations World Charter for Nature by working to uphold and enforce international conservation law.

I have called this year‚Äôs campaign ‚Äď Operation Musashi. This is in recognition of Miyamoto Musashi, who is to the Japanese what Robin Hood, Ned Kelly and Jesse James are to the British, the Australians and the Americans.

Aside from being an outlaw, Musashi was also a master strategist. I have incorporated his strategy of a twofold way of pen and sword which means the approaching of the problem through confrontation and communication or education.

Our physical interventions to stop the killing of whales is the sword and our participation in the television series Whale Wars is the pen.

And we also carry the most effective weapon ever designed ‚Äď the camera.

What will happen this year?

It is hard to predict with certainty? Will we find the fleet? I am confident that we will. Will they react more violently this year than last year? We suspect that they will. Will we prevent them from killing whale? I am confident that we will be able to do so.

But as Musashi once observed with regard to strategy, we need to proceed towards the whaling fleet with absolute resolve, with courage and determination, focusing on the goal of saving the lives of as many whales as possible, undeterred by threats or physical violence, unconcerned with the consequences, prepared and cautious yet committed to a policy of no retreat and no surrender. We need to understand that when we say we are willing to risk our lives for the whales that it is not a meaningless slogan on a banner to us ‚Äď it is what we do. We need to demonstrate to the world that there are human beings willing to risk all to protect diversity and the right of other species to live unmolested by the rapacious greed of humankind. We fight not just for the whales in those remote southern waters ‚Äď we fight for the diversity of life and thus the future of our own kind upon this planet.

It will be a dramatic campaign and I will direct all my energies into ensuring that it will be an effective campaign and that the lives of whales will be saved.

I cannot tell you in words just how wonderful it is to have intervened for the whales in the seasons past. To know that at this moment, there are whales swimming freely in those lonely waters that would now be dead if not for our interventions. To know that so many baby whales have been brought into being because we were able to force the whalers to spare their mothers is a source of great happiness for me. I feel them out there, so alive and so aware, in those dark and cold waters and it is this connection that calms my soul with the purring hum of contentment in my heart. In truth to die in defense of life is the most honourable death I can think of and thus there can be no fear ‚Äď only enlightenment and contentment.

And so it is southward that our bow is pointed and it is two thousand miles to the south amongst the ice bergs in the remote frozen south polar seas that we will once again skirmish with the killers of the gentle giants of the sea.

And for their sake and for the sake of our children we will prevail and we will drive these vicious killers from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and thus we will restore the integrity of the Sanctuary in a world where governments seem to have lost the meaning of the word ‚Äúsanctuary.‚ÄĚ

And so for the whales we sail on towards what I believe will be our most aggressive and most effective confrontation with the Japanese whalers ever.

Captain Paul Watson

Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (1977-

Co-Founder – The Greenpeace Foundation (1972)

Co-Founder – Greenpeace International (1979)

Director for Greenpeace (1972-1977)

Director of the Sierra Club USA (2003-2006)

Director of the Farley Mowat Institute

Working Partner with the Ecuadorian National Environmental Police and the Galapagos National Park

Master of the M/Y Steve Irwin

Master of the M/Y Farley Mowat

“Sail forth – steer for the deep waters only,

Reckless O soul, exploring, I with thee and thou with me,

For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,

And we risk the ship, ourselves and all”

                                                     РWalt Whitman 

 

www.Seashepherd.org

Tel: 360-370-5650

Fax: 360-370-5651

Cell: 310-701-3096

 

Address: P.O. Box 2616

Friday Harbor, Wa  98250

USA

 

MySpace Address: myspace.com/captainpaulwatson

 


HUMPBACK WHALE RESCUE PICTURES

At last some pictures of the incredible humpback whale rescue, courtesy of  Diving The Crab.

You can see how big the whale is compared to the diver in the front of the picture and the floating net with buoys. The buoys cause horrible drag which must have been really stressful for the whale.

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It is hard to grasp how massive the whale really was.

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She is able to breathe thankfully. Look how blue and clear the water is – the visibility was amazing.

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You can see the air whooshing out her blow-hole as she breathes in relief!

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She is slowly being cut free by this point Рlook how enormous she is.

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She is almost free by this point and the rescue team get a thrashing as she starts to move around.

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You can make out the tiny dot of a diver’s head amongst the foamy water.

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Free at last she disappears with a flick of her great tail.

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Free at last! Free at last! Free at last!

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The team looks on in horror at the net. These¬†are the nets causing all the damage and death. We have collected this net. One day we will collect each and every one of the¬†donated nets and burn on the beach. That will be a great day. For the meantime, I hope you have enjoyed the pictures. It was a wondrous resuce and I truly hope the pictures will help everyone realise how serious this problem is and how important it is that we stop the use of these nets. Please help us start our fishermens’ education workshop on environmentally friendly fishing methods by donating.¬†

Thank you.

HUMPBACK WHALE SET FREE

It’s 2am and I can’t sleep. I had wanted to wait and post this with pictures but I think it’s too important to wait.

Today a large humpback whale was found entangled in a fishing net by a sport fishing boat. They immediately radioed it in and Danny from Diving The Crab went with a team of divers to try and cut her free. Diani Marine also had a boat of divers out in the area. Unfortunately Volker was not out today otherwise we would have had some incredible underwater footage (he is absolutely devastated that he missed the action!).

I have spoken a lot in recent posts about these large drift nets donated to a group of local fishermen by an NGO. These nets are illegal in many countries and for good reason. They are extremely destructive and particularly devastating when placed on coral reefs which is what many local fishermen do. They are the single most deadly threat to our marine life here in Diani at the moment and a typical example of good intentions gone horribly wrong Рthe nets were donated without proper research being done on the ground on what their effects would be and no follow up or management.

We are just getting to the stage now where our fishermen will call us and report creatures caught in nets like the turtles Danny has been releasing. Years ago the fishermen would simply cut off whatever part of the animal that was caught in the net and we have found whale sharks bleeding to death with the caudal fin hacked off. I dread to think what might have happened had this whale been found by local fishermen in their small dug out canoes.

Danny tells me that the whale was between 12 – 15 metres long and very large in girth. He thinks she was pregnant. She was badly entangled in the fishing net and her pectoral fins were pinned to her side. She couldn’t really move apart from thrash her tail and it is a mercy she didn’t drown. It took the divers 2 hours to cut her free. They tell me that it was the most incredible experience of their lives combined – to be so close to the one of the largest living mammals. Because the net was all over her body the divers got right up to her face. Danny told me he looked¬†straight into her eyes and when he touched her face he was utterly awed. He says her face was obviously very sensitive because whilst removing the net on her face she seemed to tremble, although she kept more or less still. He says she knew that they were helping her and she stayed still until she was free.

She made lots of sounds as the divers worked. Anyone who has heard whale noises will know how beautifully spiritual and evocative they are. Danny told me the sounds she made spoke right to his very core. It really is like music he told¬†me, you don’t have to understand it for it to totally transport you. Whale music is other-dimensional. It speaks to parts of you even you don’t know existed.

Personally I can’t believe that it has come to this – we have been going on and on about turtles and whale sharks and now we have a humpback whale caught in these damned nets. I have written an email to organisations and governments that I hope can help us because this situation is now critical.

Of course it is absolutely wonderful that Danny and his team freed the whale. They tell me she swam off with a big thrash of her tail and I looked at Danny’s pictures in amazement. The whale was bigger than the boat! You can see a mass of foaming water and then tiny heads of the rescue divers!¬†I will add his pictures when I can. I was going to call this post “Humpback Whale Nearly Drowns” but then I changed it to “Humpback Whale Set Free”. I think this will be a turning point for our project and I do believe that we will one day see the end of the killer nets!

Please help us if you can – and once again an enormous thank you¬†to Danny and Diving The Crab for what they are doing to help the dire¬†situation we have here with the nets. I told Danny that he would be going straight to heaven on a one way ticket for what he did today! There aren’t many people in the world¬†who can say they have saved the life of a humpback whale. Thank you Danny!

No Sharks Left

Hunters blamed for whale shark losses

29th May 2008, 7:00 WST

Whale sharks are becoming more scarce and smaller in the Ningaloo Reef area, according to research by Australian scientists

Scientists fear Indonesian fishermen hunting whale sharks are responsible for a 40 per cent drop in numbers along the Ningaloo Reef in the past 10 years.

“They are after the fin for the shark fin soup trade, not because they contain a lot of the material used to make the soup, but so restaurants through southern China can advertise the fact that they’ve actually got shark fin,” researcher Mark Meekan said. “The flesh of the animal is also cooked up to the consistency of tofu, in a dish called ‘tofu fish’, which is quite popular.”

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, who presented their findings at the second annual Ningaloo Research Symposium at Murdoch University, are also worried by a drop in the size of whale sharks along the reef. The average of 6m to 7m observed in the 1990s has dropped to about 3m to 4m.

“That is important because the sharks don’t become sexually mature until about six to seven metres long. It’s a real worry. The population is becoming more and more composed of juveniles,” Dr Meekan said.

Deaths from ship strike could also contribute to the population decline. “Twenty-five per cent of the whale sharks at Ningaloo bear scars from ships,” Dr Meekan said. “These animals spend a lot of time at the surface, they float around. A modern container vessel moves at 25 knots, so the ship would not even notice if it hit one.”

Natural predation was not likely to account for the drop in the number of whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef.

At smaller sizes whale sharks might be pursued by killer whales, great white sharks or tiger sharks, but its thick skin makes it a difficult meal to catch.

The AIMS team used satellite tagging to track whale sharks for up to eight months after leaving Ningaloo Reef. Dr Meekan said it was alarming to find that some whale sharks travelled well into the waters of Indonesia and South-East Asia, where hunting was a real threat.

DEATH OF A SUNI

I was on my morning run this morning and as I ran past Baobab Hotel going south I looked up at their colobridge (bridge for colobus monkeys suspended above the road) and thought of the mass destruction the hotel¬†has recently¬†wreaked on our ecosystem.¬†Once upon a time they cared enough about the environment to sponsor a colobridge – what went wrong? I was thinking about setting up some sort of protest/picket line because of the massive deforestation they have¬†caused. I was thinking of calling the KTN/Standard group. I made a mental note to talk to Gwili about it later that day. On my back going north as I passed the hotel I noticed a small crowd and saw one of them holding¬†a suni (a type of miniature antelope) with very badly broken hind legs. I could hardly bear to look at it because it was in such extreme pain. I went to the guards’ booth and asked what was going on. They said that everything was under control so I asked if they had called the vet but nobody replied. I suggested that one of the looky loos with bikes rode quickly down to the vet’s surgery which is about 300metres away but nobody wanted to help. I asked to speak to the manager of the hotel using the phone from the guards’ booth but when I spoke to him and calmly explained the situation I was dismissed. I said that I didn’t have a car and that the animal was in real distress. He said he didn’t have a car either despite the fact that Baobab Hotel is a large, well-established resort. I asked him to call the vet or the Colobus Trust because it was before opening hours but he said he didn’t have their numbers. I was horrified by the way I was treated and by the complete lack of interest displayed by the management. Nobody came to the gate to find out what was happening. Nobody came to see if they could help the poor creature. So I refused to leave until the vet or the Colobus Trust was called. I tried being nice then I tried explaining how the hotel didn’t need any more bad publicity – please see the Colobus Trust blog for details on the devastation caused by the development of the hotel.¬† I even threatened to go the police and the media which got the guards a bit twitchy. I kept praying for someone I knew to drive past. Eventually after a lot of begging I convinced one of the taxi drivers to take me and the animal to the Colobus Trust. If he hadn’t agreed I would have had to walk with the poor creature in absolute agony. We put it in the back and I held onto it’s neck, trying to reassure it. It had the most beautiful dark eyes. They were bright and alert. It must have been terrified. I kept thinking that it was probably going to be put down and felt utterly heartbroken.

We got to the Colobus Trust and woke Gwili up. The creature was immediately in good hands and Gwili and his team were so kind. It was such a relief to be able to go to the Colobus Trust premises where they take such good care of animals.

I learnt later that they had to put the suni down.

I feel so sad about the whole incident. The hotel staff at the gate were not equipped to deal with the emergency although they arguably did their best. The management’s response was shocking.¬†They should a have list of emergency numbers on hand. As a so-called eco-friendly hotel, they should jump at the chance to help animals in distress PARTICULARLY in light of the negative publicity they have had over the past few weeks (which believe it or not they have the nerve to¬†dispute). Instead the manager I spoke to on the phone was rude and unhelpful. The worst part is that the death of the suni this morning¬†is a direct result of the deforestation caused by their illegal development.¬†Those little creatures have nowhere to go and so they wander onto the road or get snared in traps because they are more visible. Without the protection of dense indigenous forests, they are easy targets. It is beyond description.

¬†I urge you all, please read the Colobus Trust’s blog¬†which details the illegal development this hotel is¬†carrying out. Please contact NEMA (National Environment Management Authority) email [email protected] or [email protected] and voice your concerns. I have emailed the manager of the hotel, NEMA, KWS, the police, the Diani Residents Association and everyone else I can think of.

This one little suni is just the start if we don’t stop them.