Conservation doesn't only mean preserving wildlife

It also means preserving people and their community, as well as preserving the environment.

Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust

The conservation work carried out by the Namunyak Trust to date has been hugely successful. As a result of the severe ivory poaching crisis of the 70’s and early 80’s there were no recorded elephants remaining in the Mathews Ranges by 1985. Today, several thousand elephants are living and breeding peacefully in the southern Mathews Range area.

With much of the work led by Lewa's Iain Graig, the area, which in 1996 recorded no elephant, is now home to several thousand elephants, and, consequently, to a rich variety of animals. The knock-on effects have been unremittingly good. The local Samburu are once again re-engaged in digging singing wells, in projects that directly affect their well-being, and in the daily running of Sarara.

Between 1977 and 1995 over 30,000 elephant and rhino were killed by poachers and with all the elephants gone, the Grevy’s zebras and reticulated giraffe were affected as well. In 1993, Ian Craig of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy persuaded the neighbouring Il Ngwesi community to become the first community conservation initiative in the north of Kenya. Set up in 1995, the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust was established to bring peace to this troubled region.

The conservancy has grown from 185,000 acres of pristine wilderness to 1,000,000 acres and today there are thirty-three similar community projects up and running under the umbrella of The Northern Rangelands Trust.

Today over 4,000 elephants have returned to the Mathews range. And where there are elephants, the other animals know it is safe to go and they too are coming home.

Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT)

Transforming people’s lives, securing peace and conserving natural resources

The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) was established in 2004. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. By the end of 2014, there were 33 conservancies under the NRT umbrella, covering over 32,000 km2. These conservancies are managed by democratically elected boards, and are now legally recognized institutions. NRT raises funds for these conservancies, provides advice on how to manage affairs, and facilitates a wide range of training – from governance and security, to wildlife monitoring and peace.