Observation and Education: Mara children on a Field Trip into the Reserve
Protecting the future with education today:
The 2013 Conservation Ball was a smashing success! Hundreds of Friends of Conservation gathered at The Palmer House Hilton for a dinner to celebrate and support FOC’s Community Conservation work in the Maasai Mara. The lovely Zoraida Sambolin was again on hand to lead the evening festivities as MC. Courtesy of Abercrombie and Kent, trips to such magnificent locales as Thailand, Norway, Chile, China, and more were auctioned off to some winning bidders.
The Wildlife Presentation, always a favorite of the Conservation Ball, did not disappoint. Guests were entertained with appearances and photo ops with stunning Wild Kingdom ambassadors including an 8-week old Albino Bengal Tiger; George, a ring-tailed lemur; and crowd favorite, Zeke, a beautiful Zebra.
Attendees were thrilled with the charming presence of Guest of Honor John Rendall of Christian the Lion fame. A true conservationist, Mr. Rendall was on hand to speak and sign copies of his book, A Lion Called Christian.
Best of all, over $300,000 was raised which will go a long way in supporting FOC’s ongoing efforts in the Maasai Mara. FOC Founder and International Chairman Jorie Butler Kent, and FOC President and Ball Chair, Reute Butler, thank you all for the tremendous showing of generosity.
This Friday, October 18, at The Conservation Ball we’ll be auctioning some truly luxurious getaways and incredible vacation adventures (see details after the break). Get your tickets today and don’t miss this exciting evening!
If you can’t join us in person, you can still place an absentee bid on the items below by contacting Sue Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 288-2714.
Do join us for a magical evening and your chance to meet John Rendall. Friday Oct 18th, 6:30pm at The Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago.
Today we took a group of students from the FOC Conservation Club at Emurototo Primary School into the Masai Mara National Reserve on an FOC Rhino Watch trip. Most students have never been to the reserve, even though it is their heritage. The FOC Rhino Watch allows these students experience the wonders of the reserve in the same way that so many fortunate tourists do each year. Continue reading
Yesterday we visited Sekenani School to meet the new Headmaster. It so happens that Jonathan already has a long history with FOC, as he was a student member of the FOC Conservation Club during primary school days at Mara Rianda. When he later returned to Mara Rianda as a teacher he became patron of that same club. Now, as Headmaster at Sekenani School, Jonathan is eager to introduce his students to the same FOC Conservation Club experiences that informed his own youth. Continue reading
Had a brilliant visit with the headmaster and FOC Conservation Club at Siana School today (video below). He’s been there since 1999 and when he arrived the grounds were a dust bowl. Starting in 2000, FOC began working with them and the students in our FOC Conservation Clubs planted trees. There are now over 4,000! Continue reading
The next meeting was with a group of young men in their 30′s who have formed themselves into a loose group called the Mara Guide Association. They are all Maasai, led by Simon their chairman, a very attractive young Maasai. Many of them were members of our FOC Conservation Clubs in their schools. Continue reading
We went through the Reserve over to Keekorok to meet with the Sr. Rhino Warden, Dennis Rotiken. Stephen, FOC’s Community Conservation Officer, says the rhino monitoring program, which we started and ran for many years before turning it over to Masai Mara Reserve authorities, continues to be the most successful in the Reserve. I am so pleased. Our aim is to educate, empower others, and then move on—providing recurring support only when needed. Continue reading