Namunyak Community Conservancy is to open the first community owned and managed elephant orphanage in Africa. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary will take in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary. Keepers Mary and Naomi, who are both from Namunyak, have already perfected the skill of returning lost calves back to their family herds. Since March, they have successfully returned five abandoned calves to their families, and have not yet needed to hand raise any individuals.
On the 30th and 31st of January 2016, the first ever citizen-driven census of an endangered species took place in northern Kenya. Many of the NRT member community conservancies took part, with the results offering the most precise Grevy's zebra population count in history.
Women from seven NRT member conservancies have presented cheques to their conservancies, from revenue generated from the BeadWORKS business. A total of KSH 662,940 (USD 6,500) has been generated for conservancies during the first six months of 2016.
In these dry months, the NRT peace team step up their work with the conservancies, the peace ambassadors and the rangers. Preventing ethnic conflict before it erupts is their main priority, as is finding and returning stolen livestock.
On the 27th of July 2016, Mette Knudsen, the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, visited Westgate Conservancy. The Danish International Development Agency, DANIDA, is one of NRT's principal donors and the Ambassadors visit was a celebration of longterm support and partnership. It was also an opportunity for Ms. Knudsen to award certificates to morans graduating from the Moran Economic Empowerment Programme
Mpus Kutuk Community Conservancy has expanded into one larger conservancy It is hoped that the establishment of the larger Oldonyiro Community Conservancy will help bring peace and stability to a volatile area, secure a vital wildlife corridor and provide an institutional platform for the communities to engage with surrounding landowners and neighbouring community conservancies.
The Nature Conservancy is working with NRT-Coast to develop and implement a co-management plan for Pate Island waters. This has used science and community knowledge to identify important areas for marine conservation, and aims to contribute toward a sustainable future for the Islanders.
A new livestock weighing scale promises to transform NRT Trading's livestock business, as more accurate prices can be paid to pastoralists. This is the first time NRT Trading have ever used a scale at livestock markets.
Celebrations were underway in Ruko Conservancy last week, when a ceremony was held to officially open a new office block, funded by the Baringo County Government, and received a Conservancy cheque from the same. Alongside this, the ceremony marked the handing over of a conservancy vehicle from NRT.
On 29th June 2016, rangers from four the NRT North Rift conservancies in Turkana and West Pokot were awarded their ranks, after being operational for several months. The rangers were from Masol, Pellow, Kainuk and Katilu Conservancies.
What do vampires and poaching have in common? They both suck. That's why True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten has amended her will to include the Northern Rangelands Trust, after a life-changing trip to Kenya.
US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has announced a significant increase in US support to Kenyan conservation efforts. This includes a grant to the Northern Rangelands Trust, awarded in October 2015. The grant will not only support our work in wildlife conservation, but also in governance, livelihoods, peace, enterprise and rangeland management. It will also fund seven strategic partnerships.
NRT's Director of Conservation Ian Craig was awarded a prestigious Order of the British Empire last week by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to conservation and security to communities in Kenya.
NRT's Peace Coordinator Josphine Ekiru was last week awarded a Head of State Commendation by the Isiolo County Commissioner, George Natembeya. This was for her outstanding work in building peace between warring ethnic groups in northern Kenya. Well done Josphine!
Anyone with an adventurous spirit and a desire to explore Kenya will be inspired by the Kenyan Camper - whose blog documents his travels all over the country. In this blog post, he camps on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro in Nakuprat-Gotu community conservancy.
Zack, the Belgian Malinois dog, is NRT's newest recruit to the anti-poaching squads. His speed, agility and strength will help the armed rangers tackle suspected elephant and rhino poachers in the conservancies, as well as assisting communities in tackling stock theft and road banditry.