Jaime, Smokey and Sarah had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Sanders, Community Conservation Officer from Zoos Victoria to discuss the Beads for Wildlife campaign.
Zoos Victoria is responsible for the Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Zoo. Zoos Victoria undertake conservation work and run a number of fantastic campaigns, including the Beads for Wildlife campaign. See: www.zoo.org.au
|Image Courtesy of Zoos Victoria|
The campaign supports communities in Meleko in Northern Kenya to make beaded work that is available for sale from Zoos Victoria, online and at the various zoo locations. Around 600 women from the communities are producing beaded products, an alternative source of income to utilising the ever threatened natural resources. 70% of the profit generated from the beaded products goes directly to the women.
Ben visited the area and could see how interrelated people and the wildlife are in Meleko. The people are the custodians of the wildlife. Northern Kenya is currently in a drought situation, putting an extra strain on the natural resources. Communities are supported via the program in conservation by having an alternative income apart from for example animal hunting or utilising the trees and vegetation.
The beaded work itself is beautiful, ranging from jewellery through to ornamental pieces, all of which make great christmas gifts! Order online here: http://shop.zoo.org.au/shop/beads-for-wildlife.html
Thankyou to Ben for sharing with us details about this wonderful program. If you missed the show, a podcast will be available shortly.
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