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Saving Snakes initiative, reptile conservation in East Africa

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  • 1. Hands on reptileconservation in Kenya.By Royjan Taylor - Director, Bio-Ken Snake Farm, Watamu.#SavingSnakes

2. WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO SAVE...FUZZY, SWEET, ADORABLE , LOVELY ...ETC.. 3. WHAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO SAVE...Bio-Ken 4. Do you like saving snakes? I do If you do too,please support usand Like ourFacebook PageBio-Ken 5. THE MJINGA FORMULANO SNAKES = NO SNAKEBITEWhy not kill all oursnakes? 6. RATS- Rats have litters of 6-12young, which are born21-23 days after mating.- They reach reproductivematurity in about 3months.- The average female has4-6 litters per year. --With an average life spanof 18 months, one paircan produce a colony of2,000 rats in a year.black-rat.jpg 7. HOW BAD IS THERAT BREEDING PROBLEMIt is estimated thatWorldwide, 3.5million rats areborn every day. 8. WHAT DO ALL THESE RATS EATIt's estimated that totalcrop losses caused byrodents, mostly rats,each year would beenough to feed 200million people, nearly asmany as the populationof Indonesia. 9. THE BLACK RAT Rattus rattusalso known as the sewerage rat, ship rat, the roof rat,the rice field rat, and the bamboo rat.- In Pakistan, rats consume severalmillion tons of stored wheat grainannually.- In Bangladesh losses of grain storedinside houses are estimated atUS$620 million a year, in housesonly.- In India, rats outnumber humans ten-fold. 10. AND IN AFRICA?Africa also suffers.In Tanzania, rats can eat more than 80% of theplanted maize seeds in an area. During badyears rats have wiped out hundreds of squarekilometres of maize, the country's staple crop,destroying 50% of the crop or more.All the African countries suffer like this includingmany parts of Kenya.- We need more data 11. RATS - THEY ARE VERY REALEVEN AT HOMEEveryone hasproblemswith Rats.- EAT OUR FOOD- CARRY DISEASES 12. RATS AND DISEASESRats also pose severe health risks. Foodcontamination is just the beginning.It was the black rat of East Asia that broughtthe Black Death (Bubonic Plague) to Europe,killing a third of the population.Plague is still a problem throughout the worldtoday, with annual outbreaks in parts ofAfrica that kill hundreds of people. 13. Saving SnakesTHEREFORE..Why not killONLY OUR VENOMOUSsnakes? 14. Saving Snakes 15. Speckled Sand Snake 16. Speckled Sand SnakePsammophis punctulatus 17. Speckled Sand SnakePsammophis punctulatus trivirgatus 18. SMALL SNAKES = SMALL FOOD,RELATIVE TO SIZE OF SNAKEGALANA 19. THE VENOMOUS SNAKESARE NATURES RAT EATING MACHINES 20. THE REALITYWHAT WE ARE SEEING 21. WHILE THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO SEESOME ENTHUSIASM 22. SOME GET VERY ENTHUSIASTIC 23. WHILE SOME GET TOOENTHUSIASTIC 24. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THISANY MORE - THE PANGA JOB 25. AND WHAT WE WANT TO SEEKINDNESS AND COMPASSION 26. Venomous Snakes -Released in an appropriate place 27. Saving Snakeswith KWSWhat we want tohappen...Saving snakes from beingkilled...Continued KWSinvolvement 28. Saving Snakeswith KWS 29. Saving SnakesNOT JUST SNAKESRelated.......Local Ocean Trust:Watamu Turtle WatchTORTOISESLIZARDSCROCSFROGS 30. Saving SnakesOur Goals, and How to Get InvolvedPlease help to spread the word: Saving Snakes on our Blog Follow us via Social Media... Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTubeLink from your website to ours...Typical Costs Include: Snake finders fee Return transport of snake handler to scene Reptile care and husbandryBio-Ken Watamu has saved over 1,500 snakes in the last 8 years....A good start but a tiny percentage of the amount that are needlessly killed in ourregion. 31. WISH LISTPARTNERSRegional Saving Snakes partners who have access to transport, and fundsrequired to carry out the work of Saving Snakes.Partners have been identified in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. We arecurrently sourcing more 'outreach' partners.SPONSORSHIPDonations, both financial and in kind.We are looking for sponsors to join us in this conservationcampaign, and are working on a number of sponsorshippackages, from Title Sponsor, through to adoptingreptiles, and other ways to contribute. 32. SAVING SNAKESTHE INITIATIVEBio-Ken's 'Savings Snakes' conservationinitiative aims to reduce the number ofsnakes needlessly killed. The program hasbeen running for many years in Watamu.We hope to expand Saving Snakes to cover theSub-Saharan region within 5 years througheducation, awareness and sponsorpartnerships. 33. EDUCATION - THE WAY TO GOLEWA W. C. Bio-Ken 34. THANK YOUKAKAMEGA 35. KAKAMEGA 36. SOMETHING TO THINKABOUT