In January, Space for Giants supported a two day selection exercise for the creation of a new Kenyan Police Reservist anti-poaching team in West Laikipia, based out of Sosian Ranch. Nineteen candidates were involved in the rigorous selection process. It included a 12 km run, basic fitness test, battle training, weapons handling skills and a team log race.
Thirteen candidates made the cut and are now in the process of applying to become Kenyan Police Reservists. Once their application is successful, they will then go through a further period of intense training to prepare them for the potential threat of armed and dangerous poaching groups threatening the Laikipia area.
This new team will play a crucial role in achieving our target of a 90% reduction in the illegal killing of elephants in Laikipia by 2015.