Co-operative varsity lauded for wildlife conservation (Kenya)


Lillian Mutavi, The Star

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Irish Ambassador to Kenya has donated the ‘Elephants Wear Ivory’ to the Co-operative University of Kenya over its dedication to wildlife conservation.

The one of its kind hardcover book features 50 images taken by Kenyan pair Feisal Malik and Tanvir Ali, along with augmented videos from their photo shoot in Amboseli National Park.

This Augmented Reality (AR) video technology allows the reader to scan the images with their smartphone or tablet and play the video on their devices.

Ambassador Vincent O’Neil, lauded the University, has a strong wildlife club that has been involved in many conservation efforts with the AFEW / Giraffe Centre.

‘Elephants Wear Ivory’ is arguably one of the first wildlife books globally to have used this technology, and definitely the first in Kenya and only 20 books donated for all schools in Kenya.

Eco-warrior Jim Justus Njagi lamented the declining numbers of elephants in Kenya since 1979 noting that over the period of 40 years, the elephants’ numbers in Kenya has reduced from 167,000 to about 38,000- 30,000 signifying that elephants may vanish in Kenya in the next few years.

Speaking at the same forum, Ag. Vice Chancellor Kamau Ngamau noted that the Co-operative University of Kenya remains committed to conserving the environment which is a key habitat to World’s Wildlife.

“In the last few months the University has put over 10 acres of land under forest cover planting over 20,000 species of indigenous trees in a wakeup call to conserve the environment,” Ngamau said.

Present during the presentation of the book to CUK on Monday 21, May 2018 was the CEO of African Fund for Endangered Species (AFEW). Florence Nyaganya, the University’s Management Board members and students of the World Life Club at CUK.