Mara North Conservancy
Ensuring the Future of the Great Migration
The Great Migration of over 2 million wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s Gazelle between the Serengeti and Maasai Mara is a globally renowned phenomenon. The impetus behind this mass movement of mammals is the search for green grass, which follows the cyclical pattern of the rain. Between June and November, the herds spill into the Masai Mara National Reserve from the Serengeti, and then move beyond the boundaries of the protected Reserve into neighbouring community and private land.
The Mara North Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, is located in this community owned land and was created in recognition of the need to secure further land to host the migration as well as the myriad other animals resident to this ecosystem. The Mara North Conservancy was born of an agreement between 750 local Maasai landowners and a group of 12 safari and tourism operators to set land aside for wildlife and tourism purposes in exchange for receiving a stable and regular lease payments.
Covering 70,000 acres, Mara North Conservancy requires continuous funds for administration and equipment, as well as to meet lease payments, ensuring its future as a wildlife haven. Tourism has always guaranteed the funds in the past, but a 2-year crisis in the Kenyan tourism industry, owing to Ebola and travel warnings, has challenged the future of Mara North and other conservancies.
Photos Courtesy of Mara North Conservancy
Immediate Needs to Help Protect the Future of Mara North Conservancy
Your donation will allow us to:
- Employ more rangers, putting more boots on the ground, providing employment and further involving the community in conservation efforts.
- Purchase patrol vehicles, integral for patrolling and monitoring of the vast area.
- Tractors,for moving heavy equipment around the conservancy in trailers.
- Radios, essential equipment for the day-to-day work of rangers.
- Funding for registration of leases for conservation, to ensure the long-term security of the land under conservation
The funding received through tourism and donations in the past has allowed us to employ rangers and purchase much needed equipment necessary for conservation efforts. Since its inception, MNC has signed 750 lease agreements for a period of 5-15 years. These lease agreements mark the very first time that the landowners have received direct, fair and transparent income from wildlife conservation.
MNC’s member camps have set up numerous projects, which highly benefit the local communities. They have established educational as well as health facilities, women’s empowerment enterprises and wildlife clubs.
MNC has developed a compensation scheme in the event of predator-livestock conflicts and has established predator proof enclosure to safe keep livestock at night.
The conservancy has also engaged a professional land management company, which is managing several conservancies in the area, and employs 30 rangers to supervise the pristine landscape of the MNC and ensure the protection of its wildlife. All rangers undergo thorough paramilitary training in order to address the issues stated above, and provide security for MNC’s wildlife, communities and tourism partners.