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.
The award ceremonies were held at the ranger camps of Masol, Pellow and Kaakong. In attendance was Chief Inspector Mr. Mutuku (AP QRT Lous Unit), Kenya Wildlife Service Company Commandant of Western Conservation Region Mr. Lenguro, Vice Chairman of Masol Conservancy and the Chief Warden Mr. Lobokat. It total, four sergeants were awarded, and eight corporals.
26 of the North Rift rangers graduated from the KWS Manyani Academy in April, along with 270 other rangers from NRT conservancies and KWS national parks. One female ranger, Deborah Chepkew from Masol Conservancy, was awarded Ladies Best Drill and Turnout.
The North Rift Conservancies face a set of challenges, with harsh climatic conditions, historic ethnic tensions and unmanaged use of natural resources. Alongside the establishing conservancy institutions, the rangers are helping to curb poaching, restore peace and raise conservation awareness amongst their communities. As they look to start implementing systems like CoMMS for wildlife monitoring, and mapping the natural resources of their areas, the data they gather will help conservancies to make informed decisions, and shape management plans.