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Balancing wildlife conservation and livelihoods on Kenya’s group ranches

Cattle grazing in Samburu

 

Group ranches host significant proportions of Kenya’s terrestrial wildlife populations—including elephants that live outside or use lands beyond protected areas—and are predominantly inhabited by pastoralists. Since its implementation in the 1960s, the group ranch model has struggled to meet the demands of rising human and livestock populations and climate change impacts. Constrained by a lack of open space critical to their livelihood and facing dwindling prospects, group ranch pastoralists are increasingly sedentarized and diversifying into cultivation and tourism, often at the expense of wildlife populations and ecological processes.

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Africa’s Summer Bird: The White Stork

White stork. Photo by Alejandro Tawil

Birds of a feather will flock together, especially when they are trying to escape the cold, winters of Western and Central Europe.

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Catching Up With Our First Class of Conservation Management Trainees

AWF Conservation Management Trainee George Okwaro plants trees in the Mau Forest Complex

After more than a year of training and field experience, the first round of AWF Conservation Management Trainees has already amassed a wealth of experience.

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A Bank in the Mountains

After this brief return to Nairobi, George, Theo, and I were then sent out to the Samburu Heartland (also in Kenya but located north of Nairobi). This held a special interest for me as I visited this area on a short safari six years ago and fell in love with it. In fact, when I returned to England after that first visit was when I started learning basic Swahili (which turned out to be a fairly good move, all things considered).

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