Northern Kenya is a very different landscape now to the one it was ten years ago. Community conservancies are changing the narrative - a region once infamous for conflict and poaching is now at the forefront of community-led development, enterprise and peace efforts, all inextricably linked to the protection of its incredible wildlife and landscapes.
Communities are realising the importance of wildlife to their local economies, and through community conservancies are developing strategies to protect their flora and fauna in ways that complement pastoral livelihoods.Increasing wildlife populations are a clear testament to the interconnection between people, wildlife and land-use value, as well as the value add of community conservation, collaboration and cohesion.
Laikipia which means treeless plain in Maasai language is a vast plain where different kinds of wildlife, including the big five roam freely on the rangelands of Laikipia. It is the home of some of the best Conservation areas and Private Ranches.
These include the famous Lewa Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Borana Ranch, Solio Ranch, Mpala Ranch but to name a few. Laikipia occupies a wild and expansive landscape (9,500km²), physically diverse and scenically spectacular; with grasslands, hills and forests. This ecosystem supports both herds of domesticated animals and also wildlife, with wildlife population densities ranking 2nd to the world famous Maasai Mara.