Help us protect the land, trees, and small animals of western Kenya before they are gone.
The Upendo Conservation Area is a community conservation area in the village of Mwiyenga in Bungoma County, Kenya. The land was set aside to be a sanctuary for small animals (reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects) and for native trees. The conservation area is managed by a committee of community members.
Silas Wekesa Muchenje has been training our community members about snake awareness and snakebite. We are learning how to recognize the venomous snakes from our area, and how to avoid snakes during our daily routines. The program has been very successful to date, and people have been requesting more of the training sessions.
We started a tree nursery in the conservation area to start and transplant native trees to the conservation area and the community. To date we have planted over 10,000 trees!
Our projects for 2022 include:
Planting 6000 native trees
Training the community about snakebites and snake awareness
First aid training for conservation managers
Surveys to identify species in the conservation area
Construction of a fence, gate, and tool shed. for storage of equipment used for conservation and tree planting
We are seeking donations for a variety of needs for our conservation area that include ongoing maintenance, tree planting, species monitoring and management (including equipment), educational training of community members about conservation and our species, first aid training for three people, and many others. To donate, please click on the links provided below to find out more and to give. We appreciate your help!
If you would like to be involved in the work of the Upendo Conservation Area, please contact:
Silas Wekesa Muchenje
Conservation managers conduct amphibian surveys weekly to identify frog species that are utilizing the conservation area. To date, 10 species of frogs have been identified, photographed, and recorded. Several others have been recorded and are awaiting visual confirmation in the field.