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FRIENDSHIP From left Steve Peach, conservation ranger at QE Country Park, Boni Mpario and Mark Saines, volunteer ranger
FRIENDSHIP From left Steve Peach, conservation ranger at QE Country Park, Boni Mpario and Mark Saines, volunteer ranger
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MEMBERS of the Queen Elizabeth Parks Twinning Project hosted an African evening to celebrate their work in Uganda.

The event was set up to promote the importance of conservation work, which is promoted through exchange programmes and by bringing together schools and communities linked to Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Horndean and the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

The highlight of the event was a talk given by Boni Mpario, a Maasai from Kenya who now lives in Cowplain.

A spokesman for the project said: ‘The twinning project may seem very small scale in the UK, but in Uganda it carries high kudos and has had a positive effect on many lives there.

‘Mark Saines, project team member and volunteer ranger, talked about Uganda and the project’s work there.

‘His photographs of the Ugandan wildlife, from hippos and elephants to waterbuck and mongoose, were very evocative of the African landscape.

‘Boni, a senior elder, talked about growing up as a Maasai in Kenya.

‘Adorned in the typical Maasai robes and beads, he had the audience captivated.’

The Twining Project hopes to host another event later this year.