29 January 2009

Harambe Conservation Code

At the edge of Harambe are the offices and loading dock of Kilimanjaro Safari, an official sanctioned safari of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Harambe is not the only border for the reserve, however, privately owned and operated plantations, ranches, industrial headquarters, and even the Eastern Star Railroad all mark off the boundaries between the Harambe Wildlife Reserve and the outside world.

As its own entity the Harambe Wildlife Reserve has its own geography, culture, and rules. With locales given names such as Muiringo Salt Lick, Majani Plains, Kujikwaa Tembo Lodge, and Unkungu Forest, is it any wonder that people the world over flock to Harambe for a glimpse of the protected wildlife? Coincidentally, the Haramabe Wildlife Reserve receives a generous grant from the Main Street Gazette whenever we make our way to Africa, I guess that is why the reserve also includes an area referred to as Gazetted Territory. It is a lovely gesture, but it really is too much!

Clearly, due to its goals being consevational in nature, the Haramba Wildlife Reserve has some strictly enforced guidelines to ensure the survival and well-being of the endangered creatures. Though they number only five, the statutes of the Harambe Conservation Code send a powerful message.

No. 1 – Wild Animals always have the right of way.
No. 2 – Litter can seriously injure wildlife. Please do not drop camera cases, paper wrappings, or any rubbish from you vehicle.
No. 3 – Please do not make excessive noise. This causes unnecessary stress to the animals and makes them flee from vehicles.
No. 4 – Do not ask you driver to leave the motorable tracks, as this causes harm to the vegetation and scenery.
No. 5 – Never attempt to feed the animals. They are wild creatures with natural diets and should not be made dependent on handouts.

As well, as distinguished safari guests, Kilimanjaro Safaris itself, as if to reemphasize the reserve's standards, asks its patrons to, “not throw or drop anything from your vehicle as the animals might eat it.” All and all, these rules make for a more enjoyable interaction, not just for the wild creatures but for the guests on the safari as well.

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