Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.
For the first time in over three years, a pack of rare African wild dogs has been spotted on the northwestern side of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
The 90,000 acre conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya plays host to the largest number of black rhinos in East Africa and a number of other endangered species, but the African wild dog has not yet been included in this. FFI helped to create this important wildlife sanctuary and continues to support it to this day.
There has been a significant decline in the number of African wild dogs, primarily due to habitat loss and hunting. Their natural tendency to travel over very large territories gets them into trouble when they come across human settlements and endanger themselves at the hands of farmers. There are less than 8,000 left in the world.
We at FFI are particularly pleased at this new sighting. It is a positive sign for the survival of the species, as Ol Pejeta contains a large and well protected expanse of African wild dog habitat.