A team from Taronga Zoo in Australia have been out in Sera working with rangers to photograph Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. The 2,000 images they took will be uploaded into a database, and software will be used to help identify individual animals. This will help Sera Conservancy and the NRT Monitoring and Evaluation team estimate how many individual giraffes and zebras live within the Sera Rhino Sanctuary, and monitor the population growth.
28 stolen cattle have been peacefully returned to their rightful owner in the latest handover ceremony - the result of close collaboration between NRT, conservancy teams, the Kenya Police, county government and communities. Stock theft recovery is becoming more common in this landscape thanks to this teamwork.
NRT will be working closely with Ndera Community Conservancy on forest management planning this year to support the conservation of two endangered species endemic to the area. Ndera sits on the banks of the Tana River, close to its convergence with the Indian Ocean, and is home to two of the most endangered primate species in the world; the Tana River Red Colobus and Tana River Mangabey.
Africa’s most endangered antelope, the hirola, is making a comeback thanks to the efforts of the Ishaqbini community. A recent aerial and ground survey conducted by the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy and NRT concluded that there has been a 140% increase in the number of animals in the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary since it was established in 2012.
While mainland conservancy rangers wear boots and ride Land Cruisers, reef rangers wear flippers and ride boats to carry out their work! 16 rangers from Pate and Kiunga conservancies have now completed the final part of their monitoring training, thanks to support from The Nature Conservancy and FFI. They are now qualified to conduct monitoring surveys on coral reefs and fisheries, collecting and analysing data that will help their conservancies adapt and implement management plans to protect their natural resources.
A one-day carnivore conservation workshop was held in Kalama Conservancy on March 15th that brought together representatives from five community conservancies, NGOs and government. As carnivores continue to be persecuted across Kenya, the workshop focused on ways to reduce human/wildlife conflict with pastoral communities.
Hon. Mohammed Elmi is "extremely honoured" to have been appointed Chief Administrative Secretary for the Ministry of Environment by President Uhuru Kenyatta. This appointment is a testament to his in-depth experience as well as an indication of government-level recognition of the critical role community conservancies play in protecting Kenya's natural resources.
In a gesture that symbolises the immense value placed on wildlife rangers by the local community, members of Songa Conservancy have voted in favour of sharing precious borehole water with scouts, after burst tanks left taps at the headquarters dry.
On the Thursday 22nd February 2018, Ruko Community Conservancy welcomed the United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec. The much-anticipated visit was highlighted with traditional Pokot and Njemps song and dance, as well as a tour of the community-run giraffe sanctuary.
Just under 600 pupils from three community conservancies in Marsabit County came together in February to promote peace through an inter-conservancies football tournament between Songa, Shurr and Jaldesa.
In an effort to nurture lobster fisheries, Pate Marine Community Conservancy has developed an simple, innovative way to demarcate restricted fishing zones while providing lobsters with a safe place to breed.
The intrepid Kenyan Camper has finally conquered Lake Turkana. For the avid adventurers that follow his blog, this has been a long-anticipating post; and we're being treated to two instalments of it. Part 1 of this photo essay doesn't disappoint, full of the breathtaking landscape photography we've become accustomed to seeing from this nomad.
The Saruni Rhino tourist lodge in Sera Community Conservancy is finishing the construction of a third banda which will double its capacity from 4 beds to 8, in order to meet popular demand. This will enable Saruni to employ another 3 staff, bringing the total number of local employees to 10, as well as increase revenue potential to Sera.
To monitor the world's most endangered antelope, San Diego Zoo have sponsored motion-sensor cameras that can send real-time images to rangers, management, vets and scientists direct from the Ishaqbini Sanctuary.
50 young warriors from Naibunga Community Conservancy have become the latest beneficiaries of NRT Trading’s Savings & Credit Cooperative, aimed at mobilising young men to save and borrow money for investment in small businesses.
Conservation pays - the partnership between Saruni Lodges and Kalama and Sera community conservancies has generated $180,000 in revenue for conservancy members since 2016, with projected 2017 figures well above last year's. Funds are allocated toward conservancy operating costs and social projects.
“It’s like when you are born and don’t have a birth certificate, you always feel insecure because you have no real identification. Not having a land rights certificate feels the same,” - members of the Westgate Conservancy community have secured legal rights to their land, giving them greater autonomy and igniting momentum for building a more sustainable future.