Ecosystem Management

Professional ecosystem management with anti-poaching enforcement, controlled grazing and zoning for livestock, natural habitat restoration and community empowerment are equally important as securing the land through fixed lease payments

Mara North Conservancy employs 30 rangers to secure the area and its wildlife. The foremost objectives are to protect the wild animals from poaching and snaring, manage grazing zones for livestock, respond to and find solutions for human/wildlife conflicts and restore natural habitat areas with maintenance of roads and tracks.

Brian Heath from Seiya Ltd. has been appointed as Mara North Conservancy Conservation Manager with Marc Goss as the Daily Manager of the ranger surveillance teams. Seiya Ltd. is an international recognized conservation company with over 40 years of wildlife conservation experience.

Anti-poaching enforcement

Poaching has been and is a very current threat to wildlife survival. Elephants are still being shot in great numbers to remove and sell their tusk for ivory productions. Plain game as zebras or wildebeests is caught in snares to be sold at the growing worldwide bush meat market.

Mr. Goss and rangers will, when necessary, arrest and hand over suspects to the Kenyan Wildlife Services and the Kenyan police. The day and night surveillance of the wilderness area most definitely prevent poachers to access and destroy wildlife within the Mara North Conservancy.

Responding to human-wildlife conflicts

Human-wildlife conflicts occur in areas where they live side by side. The Maasai have never hunted the plain games for meat but entirely depended on their livestock. However, traditions have prescribed for every young warrior to kill a lion to reach his manhood. This practice has not ceased to exist as young Maasai will still go out and kill big cat predators in retaliation for attacked livestock.

Mr. Goss and his rangers are responding to any human-wildlife conflicts occurring within the area to discourage retaliations and find a joint solution for future co-existence.

Mara North Conservancy has initiated a compensation scheme in the event of predator-livestock conflicts. Whenever a cow or a goat has been killed by the big cats the landowner are compensate with the value of the killed livestock. Moreover, we are working with the Anne Kent Taylor Fund on predator proof enclosures to safe keep livestock during the nights as well as recommending enforced herding practices.

 

Controlled grazing and zoning

Controlled grazing and zoning for livestock is important to accommodate the wildlife, the Maasai communities and the tourism partners. Mara North Conservancy keeps certain zones and hours restricted for gracing. Cattle are only permitted grazing within areas where they do not conflict and disturb especially the big cat predators.

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