Establishing and maintaining a community wildlife conservancy is hard work. An expansive road network reaching even the nethermost parts of the area, must be created not only to unlock tourism potential but also as a means of enabling wildlife scouts to patrol and guard the area against poachers day and night.

Meetings with stakeholders at regional and local levels must be attended in order to discuss and dispense off with administrative and other institutional arrangements germane to management of the conservancy. Traversing implied geographic distances requires vehicles suited to the terrain. To this end, CO-EX received brand new Toyota Landcruisers (x2) and an off road/scrambler motorbicycle from FAO (insert) at the beginning of the year (2022).

A quadbike, horses and donkeys are also soon to be acquired. Following handover of the vehicles to WEA CO-Director, Dr John McNutt, FAO Field Coordinator Ms Manon Mispiratceguy said that she was happy that the vehicles had finally been handed over and that they will be key in expediting the work of the SWM project.