Wildscapes Foundation

The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation (BWF) is a nonprofit organization fostering cooperative efforts to conserve the earth's wild places benefiting the wildlife and the people that live there.

Initiatives

BWF supports a total of eleven projects in seven countries. A portion of the sale of Banovich limited edition giclée canvases and Wild Accents benefit the foundation.


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About

Founded in 2007 by John Banovich, BWF is the culmination of tireless conservation efforts over the past two decades. Through his career as an artist, Banovich has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife, encouraging successful conservation efforts and awareness of endangered species and their habitats. Traveling across the world seeking inspiration for his work, John has utilized these opportunities to research wildlife and to learn about associated conservation challenges at the local, regional, and national levels. Through his career, artwork and his publishing company, Banovich Art, Banovich has developed effective ways to help implement and support conservation programs and is utilizing his imagery to promote a message of wildlife preservation and to initiate real change - BWF is making a difference.

“John Banovich has merged the world of wildlife art and conservation in a unique and exciting way. John is able to use his status as world-renowned artist to further conservation efforts even in the remotest parts of the world, working to save Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East, lions in Africa, and even the brown bears of North America. John brings energy, imagination, and leadership to the conservation arena, seeking new partnerships and new mechanisms to save the world's wildlife.” - Dale Miquelle, Program Director, WCS

BWF seeks to support conservation niches that its limited resources can impact. This is accomplished by developing initiatives that work in partnership with existing organizations on the ground, promoting scientific research and conservation education, facilitating habitat protection of large conservation landscapes and restoration projects, developing creative and respectful partnerships to fund conservation programs, and building build long-term community economic well-being. Banovich has partnered with several different world-wide organizations that demonstrate a successful history of bringing the non-hunting conservation community and the sportsmen conservationists together for united efforts to save wildlife for future generations.

“I started the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation as a way to give something back to the world that has given so much to me. The name WILDSCAPES refers to large abundant landscapes…wild, balanced and intact ecosystems. There is nothing more important to future generations than wildlife and wild lands. Special places that lift our minds, replenish our spirits and renew our passion for living." - John Banovich


The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation thanks the following generous contributors:

  • American Conservation & Education Society
  • The Annenberg Foundation
  • Animals of Montana
  • Austin Safari Club International Chapter
  • Banovich Art, Inc. (Gallery & Publishing Company)
  • Chancellor International Wildlife Foundation
  • Childress Vineyards
  • The Conklin Foundation
  • Dallas Safari Club
  • Go Daddy.Com
  • Holland & Holland
  • Houston Safari Club
  • Safari Club International Houston Chapter
  • Mark Damian Duda & Associates
  • Meriwether Ranch
  • KPMG
  • Orion Multimedia
  • Safari Club International Foundation
  • Suawah Tsang Rev. Trust
  • Tudor Investments
  • Private Contributors

Lion PRIDE Initiative

Laikipia Predator Project, Mara Lion Project, and the Tou Trust

The BWF Lion PRIDE Initiative is dedicated to conserving lions through supporting important scientific research to preserve large conservation landscapes and benefitting rural community development. Africa’s predator populations are declining, becoming isolated, and even locally extinct, and recently the lion has experienced serious population declines. These declines are occurring before we fully understand predator communities and how they function. Predators are central to conservation; in ecological terms, large predators are keystone species which affect the entire ecosystem. Once distributed across most of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, lions are now found only in sub-Saharan Africa, with a tiny population in India. Probably numbering less than 25,000, they are largely confined to scattered parks and reserves, too isolated to protect populations long term from disease, genetic inbreeding and political instability. PRIDE stands for:

Protection of large areas of suitable habitat is fundamental to the long-term survival of African lions, but few protected areas are large enough for wide-ranging big game. African governments desperately need help in providing better protection for wildlife outside of parks. Wide scale killing in defense of livestock is by far the most critical threat to lions. 

Research is vital to develop better methods of preventing predators from becoming livestock raiders, thereby reducing the need to kill problem lions. We know little about conservation biology of African predators. We must understand the complex dynamics between wildlife needs and ever-growing human needs. 

Implementation of income created by hunting and tourism can help solve problems, but we must implement equitable distribution of hunting profits among communities living with wildlife.  Rural communities that could benefit from sport hunting need trained and well-equipped game scouts to control poaching. We need to give sport hunters opportunities to help ensure that wildlife is sustainably managed. 

Development of rural communities must be directly linked to protection of wildlife. A significant portion of hunting and tourism income contribute compensation to individuals, support effective game scouts and benefit rural communities by building and staffing schools, clinics and other essential infrastructure. 

Education of rural communities allows locals to learn that wildlife can be an economic asset rather than a liability. To avoid counterproductive killing of game, people must be taught ways of minimizing wildlife damage to crops and livestock. Game management officials must improve principles of sustainable wildlife management.

PRIDE: Laikipia Predator Project

Kenya

Due to conflict with livestock, lions have been in steep decline in most of Africa, threatened with extinction in all but the largest protected areas. In southern Kenya, the Laikipia Predator Project (of Living with Lions) and Kilimanjaro Lion Conservation Project are working to reverse the recent decimation of lion numbers due to spearing by Masai warriors. The work of the Laikipia Predator Project has demonstrated that living with lions is not difficult – the ancient livestock management methods developed by African herding tribes a millennia ago still work well if properly implemented. Unfortunately, these methods are being lost to modernization and predators are being exterminated as a result. With biologically sound management, this trend can be reversed wherever trophy hunting and tourism give the lion financial value. However, there has never been any attempt at scientific management of lion populations. 

Based on several years of research, the LPP has developed comprehensive plans for managing lions in livestock-producing rangelands with the intention of increasing lion numbers while decreasing their impact on livestock. They are working to reintroduce sustainable use as a way to create economic value to the wildlife of Kenya. Because many Laikipia lions are shot as problem animals every year, management principles can be broadly applied throughout Africa, including hunting blocks. To effectively manage the Laikipia lion population and reverse the current lion slaughter in the Masai, the LPP needs more personnel, more radio collars, another vehicle, a light plane for radio tracking and transport between projects, and lion hounds for use in research and Problem Animal Control. 

PRIDE: Tou Trust, Ultimate Safaris

Namibia - Supported since 2012

Ultimate Safaris is one of Namibia's premier safari operators with more than 25 years of experience in the safari industry. Operating in some of the most pristine and delicate wilderness areas on earth, they are dedicated to protection and conservation of these areas and to the improvement of the quality of life of the communities there. The future of these unique environments lies in the hands of these communities, making them pivotal in the custodianship of these wonderful assets. With this in mind, Tou Trust was launched in 2006 in support of such ideals. The mission of Tou Trust is to identify and support community-based development projects and conservation initiatives that sustain ecological integrity, protect biodiversity, support cultural heritage, and contribute to the social and economic well-being of the local people, the custodians of the rich natural heritage.

Conflict between cattle herders and lions has intensified, needing urgent intervention. By tracking lions and creating employment opportunities for lion guardians within local communities, the Tou Trust has created sustainable income from ‘living with lions’ for the Torra Conservancy in the Kunene region of Namibia and also contributing to lion conservation. These lion guardians monitor lion movements and forewarn villages, settlements and herders of lion whereabouts in order for cattle owners to take appropriate precautionary action. Using GPS collars, local farm and livestock workers are able to track lions in and near the Conservancy, and receive direct financial benefit from the conservation opportunity, increasing the opportunity for tourists to see lions in the area and alerting farmers and herders of potential lion/cattle conflicts. Each herder chosen to be a lion tracker is given the opportunity to join a lion eco-safari from one of the nearby Wilderness Safaris camps providing perspective of lions and understanding of their value for tourism. The herders are thoroughly trained on tracking, lion behavior and safe ways of approaching lions. Trackers are paid per lion sighting. Thus, the presence of the lions in the valley presents an opportunity for the lion tracker/guardian to earn extra income. Additionally, tour operators that regularly use Torra Conservancy as part of their safaris pay a monthly fee to the Conservancy for the use of their area; the funds are then used by the Conservancy to support farmers experiencing human-predator conflict.

The early results demonstrate how local level models of conservation and community development supported by ecotourism do change lives while protecting natural and cultural heritage. Projects not only help local communities but increase goodwill between hosts and guests and stimulate authentic cross-cultural interaction. By educating guests to be more sensitive and conscientious, Tou Trust provides an alternative to exploitative and destructive elements of conventional tourism.  

Photos courtesty of Dr. Flip Stander

PRIDE: KWT Mara Lion Project

Kenya - Supported since 2013

For the past few years the Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) has been increasingly concerned by the status of the Maasai Mara’s lion population. As it currently stands, the Kenya Wildlife Service estimates that there are fewer than 2,000 lions left in the country today, with an annual decline of 100 lions. Increasing human populations, coupled with diminishing natural prey and habitats has brought lions into close proximity with people. The Greater Mara Ecosystem represents a unique study area where lions, prey, people and livestock exist at very high densities and the extent to which they co-exist is largely unknown.

The KWT has therefore recently formed the Mara Lion Project in order to establish lion numbers across this ecosystem in addition to identifying and mitigating the threats facing the population. The project has “science driving conservation” at its heart and its members are currently developing research questions to better understand the Mara lions. Led by Project Director and new senior scientist, Dr. Nic Elliot, the Mara Lion Project will become a new entity for practical applied research and the conservation of lions across the Mara conservancies. Despite being one of the best known ecosystems, and indeed lion populations, on earth, there has been no long-term, in-depth research on the lion population. Nic is hoping to apply his skills in modelling movement, connectivity and dispersal to investigate movement within the Greater Mara Ecosystem in an effort to understand when and why lions leave the wildlife areas.

The Mara Lion Project will continue the conservation-oriented research on lion numbers and ecology from the KWT Mara Naboiso Lion Project but will expand this to cover in and around the existing Mara conservancies, eventually expanding to include the reserve and the new conservancies being formed to the east and south. MLP will be working closely with the Maasai communities to initiate a wide scale programme to reduce conflicts and the subsequent killing of lions. MLP will also be working alongside KWT’s new Mara Cheetah Project.

Khunta Mi Initiative

Russian Far East - Supported since 2005

(Amur Tiger) A Cinderella Story - Field Update 02/14/2014

The WCS Russia team is often called upon by the Russian authorities in helping to resolve conflicts between tigers and people. In some cases, we end up "saving" tigers from immediate death through capture and relocation, but we are often forced to deal with situations that are more "humanitarian" - rescuing tigers that will never make it back into the wild. Other times, we are releasing tigers back into the wild that may have little impact on the demographics of the local population, so again these actions are also largely humanitarian. There is some merit in such actions by propagating a sense of value for even wounded tigers to government authorities and local people, but such actions often have little conservation impact. 

In winter 2012 we were asked to assist in what appeared to be a purely humanitarian rescue of a starving cub, apparently abandoned by her mother or perhaps a mother lost to a poacher. However, through an intensive program of rehab and management, Zolushka (which in Russian translates into "Cinderella") was released as a 20-month old into a part of Russia that lost its tigers some 40 years ago.  In this case, we have the beginnings of what may be a real "Cinderella story" and a conservation success story - recovery of a young female, and through her, recovery of tiger habitat. In January 2014 (after the timeframe for  the attached report) we also found tracks of a single male (who has apparently dispersed from the main Sikhote-Alin population) following the tracks of this rehabilitated tigress Zolushka.  Thus, we may perhaps have the nucleus for re-colonizing tigers in their former range within Russia. More rehab tigers may follow Zolushka. How this all plays out is yet to be seen, but it is an example of how having the techniques for successful rehabilitation on hand, combined with the right timing politically, could result in a net gain of tiger habitat in the Russian Far East, and thus, one of the few examples of reclaiming lost tiger habitat in Asia. 

Best regards,

Dale Miquelle
Director
Wildlife Conservation Society Russia Program

 

Khunta Mi Initiative

The Khunta Mi Initiative is an effort, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, to encourage greater commitment from the worldwide hunting community for conservation of the Siberian tiger. Approximately 330-370 adult Siberian or Amur tigers are left in the wild, all residing in the Russian Far East. Since 1992, the WCS Hornocker Wildlife Institute has conducted intensive studies of tiger ecology and initiated a series of conservation initiatives to save this big cat. Primary threats to tiger survival are habitat loss from intensive logging and development, poaching and depletion of prey from illegal hunting. In the Russian Far East, less than 20% of the habitat needed for the survival of the Siberian tiger is protected. All other tiger habitat exists as multiple use lands, where hunting is allowed. Therefore, tigers and hunters must find a way to live side by side.

Under the Soviet regime, natural resource management decisions were centralized in Moscow, eliminating local communities and hunters from management processes and decision-making. In 1995, new legislation provided opportunities for local people to create non-governmental ‘societies’ that could in turn obtain rights to manage hunting lands. This new arrangement does not provide land ownership, but it privatizes the right to use and manage game species on the leased territories. These revolutionary changes ushered in a new era of wildlife management in Russia. For the first time ever, local people were provided with the responsibility to manage wildlife. Rather than poach or take as much as possible from the once state-owned properties, people now had a reason to properly manage resources that were theirs, upon which they depended for recreation, income and food.

Now hunters and hunting societies are responsible for managing game species (including the deer and wild boar that tigers depend on) on over 80% of tiger habitat. With more than 40,000 registered hunters in tiger habitat, hunters form a primary stakeholder group that holds the fate of tigers in their hands. However, without adequate training, and with inadequate means to generate revenue, they lack the capacity to effectively cope with these new responsibilities.

WCS is committed to demonstrating that tiger conservation can go hand-in-hand with preservation of the rich hunting tradition in the Russian Far East. Both tigers and hunters have a common interest – high densities of red deer, roe deer, sika deer and wild boar. By helping local hunting societies better manage their resources we will be helping both tigers and hunters.

Since 1996, WCS has been working with hunting leases and hunters across the region to support newly established hunting leases; increase capacity for self-management and financial independence; increase wildlife populations (specifically ungulate populations) through effective hunting management on hunting leases; create well-controlled use of renewable wildlife resources; and disseminate information to the local hunters to improve and enhance their understanding of tigers.

We may perhaps have the nucleus for re-colonizing tigers in their former range within Russia. More rehab tigers may follow Zolushka. How this all plays out is yet to be seen, but it is an example of how having the techniques for successful rehabilitation on hand, combined with the right timing politically, could result in a net gain of tiger habitat in the Russian Far East, and thus, one of the few examples of reclaiming lost tiger habitat in Asia.

Mountain Nyala Initiative

Ethiopia - Supported since 2006

Since 2006, BWF has supported the Murulle Foundation, a Colorado-based non-profit organization that is actively engaged in scientific research and sustainable conservation of the mountain nyala and its critical habitat. The mountain nyala is one of the most highly prized big game species in Africa, and safari hunting plays a vital role in conservation and management.

In recent years, researchers have portrayed a dismal picture of the status of this species by greatly underestimating its population and distribution. These claims have caught the attention of conservation groups, resource managers, scientists and policy makers worldwide, and the inaccuracies have fueled anti-hunting sentiments aimed to disrupt sustainable management and conservation policies initiated by the Ethiopian Wildlife Department. Paul Evangelista, who has recently been recognized by the IUCN as one of the world's few authorities on the mountain nyala, has compelling scientific evidence that shows mountain nyala populations have previously been greatly underestimated because the range of the species and certain behavioral characteristics were never fully understood. Mountain nyala populations are actually much higher than recent reports have led authorities to believe.

Mapping the potential habitat and distribution of the mountain nyala is one of the Murulle Foundation’s top priorities. The full range of the species has never been adequately defined, and international wildlife conservation groups still underestimate the total population. Policies based on these estimates threaten to undermine Ethiopia’s sustainable wildlife management programs. Not only does this threaten the future of mt. nyala safari hunting, but it ultimately threatens the future existence of the species outside protected areas.

The results of this research will be shared with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the international scientific community with the goal of facilitating the designation of protected wildlife areas in Ethiopia and guiding management activities.

Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project

Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo

There are approximately only 880 mountain gorillas left on earth, residing in only two small parks, one in Uganda and the other including a corner of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. MGVP is dedicated to saving the mountain gorilla species one gorilla patient at a time. Their international veterinarian team, the Gorilla Doctors provides hands-on medical care to sick and injured mountain gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With so few mountain gorillas left in the world today, the health and well-being of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival.

In addition to providing mountain gorillas with healthcare, the veterinary team monitors the health of DRC’s Grauer’s, or eastern lowland, gorillas and intervenes to help sick individuals when possible. The Gorilla Doctors also help rescue and treat mountain and Grauer’s gorillas orphaned by poachers.

"My friend Jack Hanna had introduced me to the great work that Dr. Mike Cranfield and his staff are doing at the MVP and having visited their facility in Rwanda, I saw first-hand that their work is absolutely essential for the long-term survival of the mountain gorillas." -John Banovich

http://www.gorilladoctors.org

In order to ensure a healthy future for this special animal, the gorillas are monitored on a regular basis, and are provided with life-saving medical care. The Gorilla Docotors perform health studies and do everything they can to build local capacity in veterinary medicine and ecosystem health.

Ubumwe Community Center

Rwanda - Supported since 2008

In part owing to the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has a disproportionate number of physically and mentally disabled people. Most have no option but to live as street beggars. The Ubumwe Center is a place where adults with disabilities and their children are given an alternative; where they can be e3ducated, work and ultimately take control of their own lives. John Banovich first visited the Ubumwe Community Center (UCC) in Gisenyi, Rwanda in 2008, with the guidance of Partners in Conservation (PIC). UCC is a non-profit committed to providing assistance, food, shelter and education to the handicapped population and to the street children of Gisenyi.

Banovich met one of the center’s founders, Frederick Ndabaramiye (also an artist) and it was Frederick`s life story that inspired Banovich to visit again in June 2010 bearing four large boxes of art supplies for the center. Frederick Ndabaramiye is a young man who lived at the Imbabazi Orphanage, and was maimed in 1998 - by those responsible for the genocide - when at the age of fifteen he refused to kill 18 other people.  Frederick was in the hospital for almost a year, and afterwards was brought to the Imbabazi where the PIC team met him.  In 2002, the Columbus Zoo arranged for Frederick to receive all medical and prosthetic expenses pro bono.

Frederick told PIC members, "The Columbus Zoo gave me a chance to be independent again and now I want to help other people who are just like me." In 2005 Frederick and Zackary Dusingizimana, a teacher at the Imbabazi Orphanage, founded the Ubumwe Community Center with their own money.

The goal of the UCC is to respectfully assist the handicapped as well as street children, and in 2007, the UCC started a new program to help deaf children.  These kids have never been able to attend school, but now come to the center every day to receive classroom instructions in sign language.

In 2008, 14 children and adults received new braces and prosthetics with funding from PIC. PIC is also providing operating expenses for the center and is funding a hot lunch program for more than sixty children and adults who attend the center every day; for most of these people this is the only meal of the day. The construction of a new building for the Ubumwe Center began in February of 2008, which is being funded by the Columbus Zoo, individual donors and PIC.

The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation would like to thank Jane & Frank Lyon and Gary & Carolyn Dietrich for their generous donation towards the center’s art supplies.

Mara Cheetah Project

Kenya - Supported since 2013

The global cheetah population is rapidly dwindling and with less than 10,000 individuals left in the wild, cheetahs are vulnerable to extinction. At present, the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the two remaining strongholds for the global cheetah population. Whilst in the Serengeti there has been long-term cheetah project running in excess of 25 years, no comparable project has as yet been established in the Mara – until now.

Mara Cheetah Project (MCP), founded by the Kenya Wildlife Trust and led by Dr Femke Broekhuis of Oxford University’s Wildlife Research Unit (WildCRU), will determine the current status of cheetahs in the Greater Mara ecosystem and to identify the major threats that could be causing declines in the current cheetah population. The data will initially be collected during a two-year period using an array of data collection techniques including behavioral observation, faecal analysis, historic data and interviews with herders. So far the proposed study area for this project will only include the Masai Mara National Reserve and four adjoining conservancies; Mara North Conservancy, Olare Orok Conservancy, Motorogi Conservancy and Naboisho Conservancy.

Central to the project will be the involvement of Kenyan citizens both in terms of employment and training. Research assistants will play a significant role both in conducting research and communicating the projects findings. The project also aspires to educate the communities living in the greater Mara ecosystem about the importance of wildlife such as cheetahs. The education program will include activities such as film shows, lectures and workshops at the Koyiaki Guiding School and visits to local schools.

Craighead Institute

United States

Craighead Institute (formerly Craighead Environmental Research Institute) is an applied science and research organization with a long history of designing and managing innovative research projects in support of conservation in the Northern Rockies and around the world.  Its' mission is to maintain healthy populations of native plants, wildlife and people as part of sustainable, functioning ecosystems.  Craighead Institute has been in operation for 47 years and was founded in 1964 by renowned grizzly bear researcher Dr. Frank Craighead.

Over the past four decades Craighead Institute has conducted ecological research on grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park, genetic research on grizzly bears in Alaska, conventional and satellite radio-telemetry of wildlife, and the use of remote sensing to map vegetation and wildlife habitat.  In the past 15 years Craighead Institute has also been active in guiding conservation policy and management, developing wildlife habitat suitability and connectivity models, and completing large-scale conservation area designs for regions in the United States, Canada, and Tibet. 

As increasing numbers of Americans move west, planners and land managers are confronted with the challenging task of guiding the design and placement of new roads, homes, communities and much-needed renewable energy developments in ways that preserve the teeming wildlife populations and vast wild landscapes that draw us here. Craighead Institute is committed to partnering with other scientists, land managers, planners, and concerned citizens to build and apply effective, science-based solutions to these environmental challenges with the goal of sustaining both people and wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Craighead Institute believes that people can coexist with intact wild ecosystems. We are confident our efforts will continue to play a key role in helping resource managers and conservationists develop conservation plans that benefit all species - including people.

Wildlife Protection Society of India

India

John Banovich spent February of 2002 traveling in India.  His experiences in Bandhavgarh, Konar and Ranthambhore National Park is where he first encountered wild tigers. This life enhancing experience was the inspiration for the painting, Jewel of India. In an effort to support the dramatic decline of the wild tiger, Banovich has joined forces with the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). Founded in 1994 by its Executive Director, renowned tiger conservationist Belinda Wright, the Wildlife Protection Society works to help avert India's wildlife crisis by providing urgently needed support and information to combat the escalating illegal wildlife trade, particularly the illicit trade of tiger parts. It has now broadened its focus to deal with human-animal conflicts and provides support for research projects. An important element of the Society’s work is WPSI’s countrywide network of investigators. Developing information collected through this network, the WPSI team assists and liaises with Government enforcement authorities to bring about the arrest of offenders and seizure of wildlife products. A WPSI cell of expert lawyers supports the prosecution of important wildlife cases and reviews wildlife laws and campaigns for constructive amendments.

With a team of committed environmentalists, WPSI is one of the most respected and effective wildlife conservation organisations in India. It is a registered non-profit organisation, funded by a wide range of Indian and international donors. The Society’s Board Members include leading conservationists and business executives. 

The tiger population in India is officially estimated to be between 1,571 to 1,875. Many of the tiger populations across the nation, particularly those outside protected reserves, face a variety of threats, including habitat fragmentation, encroachment, and poaching and developmental projects. These problems are directly or indirectly linked to anthropogenic factors. Decades of scientific research on tigers and their prey have provided us with a set of guidelines to develop and design protected areas to help the species survive. However, these reserves protect only a fraction of tiger habitat, and most are under severe human pressure. In the last few years, tiger poaching has increased dramatically, fueled by illegal trade in tiger body parts.

Despite all these problems, India still holds the best chance for saving the tiger in the wild. Tigers occur in 18 States within the Republic of India, with 10 States reportedly having populations in excess of 100 tigers. There are still areas with relatively large tiger populations and extensive tracts of protected habitat. We need to make a concerted effort to combat poaching and habitat loss, if this magnificent animal is to survive into the future.

Soysambu Conservancy

Kenya - Supported since 2010

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The Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya strives to sustain wildlife species, indigenous livestock and habitat; supports local conservation initiatives; facilitates neighboring community development and educates the community about the value of its wildlife and environment, in order to preserve the Rift Valley Ecosystem for the benefit of future generations. 

In 2010 BWF helped to arrange a large grant for Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) Humanitarian Services to improve the conditions in the communities near Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya. This donation was personally implemented by Humanitarian services director, Gene Rurka, where he traveled to Kenya and immobilized a large support group of community members whom together provided school desks, microscopes, efficient cooking stoves laying 3 kms of pipe to provide clean water, a large water tank and building materials.The dispensary provides essential medicines and medical services for about 6,000 people all over the region.

BWF has also contributed to a Primary School Food Program whereby approximately 115 children benefit from receiving a hot lunch daily at school. Stretching the funds as much as possible, the previous school lunch consisted of a type of porridge with milk and sugar....and with continued funding, the school lunch program has added a more nutritious lunch of Githiri (corn and beans).

"When I visited the dispensary with my good friend, Kat Combes, she showed me the final work that needs to be done in order to open this important dispensary. We had to help...another example where a little money can go a long way in order to hlep make a difference in the lives of people in rural Africa." - John Banovich