Not so long ago, this 80,000-acre piece of land was home to a slowly failing cattle ranch. Overgrazing of cattle turned the fields to dust, poachers slipped on and off the ranch with ease, and squatters settled in, farming and building mud and thatch huts along the ranch‰Ûªs critical rainwater basin. Then in 1998 Wildlife Works took over the management of the ranch. They immediately moved the cattle from the land, began unarmed patrols to remove any snares set for wildlife, and worked with the local community to peacefully move the illegal squatters onto more prosperous farmland located outside of the wildlife corridor. In only a few short seasons, the wildlife began to return; elephants first, then ungulates and then finally the predators, and Rukinga Sanctuary is now a healthy and balanced ecosystem with an abundance of wildlife that can live in relative security. Safari Tsavo East There’s very little to say when we have a series of spectacular shots, (most of which have been taken by Peter Luck, a teacher from Campion School) so I will let these pictures tell their own story about the red soils of Tsavo… Inside the belly of an elephant... It takes a thousand wire snares to make this elephant, it takes one to kill it… With over 80,000 acres to protect, the rangers are critical to the survival of this fragile ecosystem. Last year, we built one rangers post and this year our teams are assisting to lay the foundation of another. And the view from above… And just one good reason why we do what we do… Safari Tsavo East