BATUK help build new runway for Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Samburu

BATUK runway in Samburu
The new runway in Samburu which BATUK helped to build. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

This week, the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) have been hard at work in Samburu, building a new runway for the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Community United for Elephants.

Troops from 39 Combat Engineer Regiment and 36 Engineer Regiment both placed crucial roles, operating the heavy machinery needed to clear the runway.

This project will give baby elephants a second chance which in turn will help Kenya as the tourism trade continues to flourish.

Reteti runway
The Reteri runway during and after construction. Photos: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya is home to this first community owned elephant orphanage in Africa and was officially opened by the Samburu County Governor, H.E Moses Lenolkulal, on the 20th August 2016.

The orphanage is designed to Rescue and release orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, whilst creating much needed benefits to the local people that live alongside them. On their website, they describe themselves as “the representation of the communities standing up united for wildlife, in recognition of the value that they can cultivate.”

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