Laikipia County in northern Kenya is home to the country’s second largest population of elephants, its only stable lion population and an abundance of other wildlife. Yet changing land use patterns, rapid population growth and a surge in poaching activity threaten the well being of the area’s wildlife—and its people.
Land for Wildlife
By stitching together a 10 million acre mosaic of community, government and private lands for wildlife and for people, The Nature Conservancy and its partners in northern Kenya aim to conserve wildlife habitat and movement corridors in a way that creates meaningful benefits for people.
The current owners of the property, which sits in an elephant migratory pathway 100 kilometers north of Mount Kenya, are conservation minded. They have agreed to sell their land at a slightly reduced price in order to keep it intact. By protecting this important movement corridors between the northern rangelands and Mount Kenya, we continue to implement our conservation vision for northern Kenya with partners that include Space for Giants, the Northern Rangelands Trust, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and local communities.
Land for People
However, securing Loisaba is not only good for wildlife. Loisaba also has the potential to become an economic engine that continues to generate benefits for people. The ranch already provides dry seasons grazing for local pastoralists and it’s current operations – cattle and tourism – already break even.
By scaling-up ecotourism and grazing operations and expanding Livestock to Markets – a proven program that provides pastoralists in northern Kenya with improved market access in exchange for their efforts to protect their lands and wildlife – Loisaba can become a self-sustaining revenue engine for conservation and communities.
In total, the project will conserve a total of 56,000 acres of unfenced wilderness.
Through Loisaba, The Nature Conservancy and its partners have been presented with a rare conservation opportunity to protect 56,000 acres and manage private land to generate triple returns: environmental, social and economic.
Loisaba: By the Numbers
Benefits for Wildlife
- 56,000 unfenced acres of wildlife habitat
- 260 bird species
- 50 mammal species, including elephants, wild dogs and big cats
- 2 rivers – sections of the Ewaso N’giro and N’gare Narok
- 1 movement corridor for elephants and other wildlife
Benefits for People
- Access for local communities to graze their livestock
- Expansion of Livestock to Markets
- Employment opportunities on the ranch and in tourism
- Community development projects (schools, health clinics)