The land is adjacent to the Mara Siana Conservancy, which is situated northeast of Maasai Mara National Reserve. The 4,500 km2 Maasai Mara ecosystem has the highest density of wildlife in Kenya, harbouring about 25% of the country’s wildlife. This piece of land is on plot number 8822 and is privately owned. It is in a pristine state.
The area holds an assortment of wildlife species, and elephants roam frequently between Siana, Isaaten, Olkinyei and Naboisho conservancies. This area is dominated by acacia species interspersed with grass and springs, making the area home for multiple species.
Acquisition of the land will create a migratory corridor and habitat for wildlife between the Mara Siana Conservancy and Koiyaki Group Ranch.
Ecoregion: Northern Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands and Thickets (AT21)
Some of the threatened species now protected in this habitat include:
- Critically Endangered Black rhino (Diceros bicorn)
- Endangered Masai giraffe (Giraffa tippelskirchi)
- Vulnerable Lion (Panthera leo)
- Vulnerable Leopard (Panthera pardus)
- Vulnerable African elephant (Loxodonta Africana)
Local Partner NGO
Status of registration of the group at the national level
Nonprofit, nongovernmental organization
Governance and management structure of the group
The aim of the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) is to build conservation knowledge, skills, values and interest among Kenya’s youth. The major activities WCK has undertaken in the last 3 years include: outreach conservation education; wildlife ecology outdoor learning; programs to save endangered wildlife, including restoring natural habitat; and the production of education materials.
WCK is led by the Patron, Dr. David Western, and two Trustees, Mr. Philemon Mwaisaka and Dr. Ibrahim Ali. Reporting to the Trustees is the Governing Council, which comprises representatives from various conservation organizations, ministries and government parastatals. The WCK Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Margaret Otieno, is in charge of WCK operations and reports to the Governing Council. Under the CEO are the heads of different departments, as well as WCK regional heads and field officers, who run various regional offices and programs together with the support staff. WCK has 46 employees in total.
Wildlife habitat: The land will largely be left open as a wildlife habitat and dispersal corridor. There shall be no fence erected around the land perimeter.
Wildlife Education: There has been a lack of comprehensive conservation education for schools and communities around the Maasai Mara ecosystem. WCK will use the land as a nature learning resource, and will conduct organised programs for schools and community groups, allowing them to visit the site and learn about wildlife ecology and nature interpretation.
Conservation structures: WCK will develop 3 environmentally friendly conservation facilities:
(i) Office: An office to house an WCK education officer and from which to conduct programs will be developed on a small section of the land. This will also enable WCK to conduct wildlife conservation training seminars for schools and community groups.
(ii) Hostels: WCK plans to develop student hostels on the land. The hostels are meant to offer affordable accommodation for student groups, especially school wildlife clubs, from other regions of Kenya, who are visiting the Maasai Mara ecosystem.
(iii) Tent facilities: WCK will provide tent facilities for controlled camping at the site.
The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya will work closely with an established local grassroots network of schools and community groups to ensure the land is prioritised as a conservation area. Accordingly, WCK will employ rangers from the local community to patrol and ensure the land is well protected. At the same time, WCK will partner with organizations in the Maasai Mara ecosystem to propel a similar conservation agenda.