Dear Mr. Wanyanga,
The membership of Laikipia Wildlife Forum, consisting of ranches, conservancies and community groups write you to register their deep concern over events unfolding in Laikipia County. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder around these issues and wish to work with you, your staff, county and national officials before the situation escalates into violent conflict.
1. The first issue is the ever-increasing incidents of illegal cattle and trespass conducted by people from outside the County. We have all recorded incidents of criminal damage, theft, loss of property, and in some cases, physical violence.
Agricultural Development Corporation and Ol Pejeta join hands in private public sector partnership to create space for black rhinos
Monday, February 16th, 2015
For Immediate Release
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Jambo Mutara Camp - Laikipia
Harrison Tuva, +254 718 147 869
(Nanyuki - Kenya) - The Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) has agreed to set up the Mutara Conservancy on 20,000 acres of land bordering Ol Pejeta Conservancy for integrated wildlife, livestock and tourism operations. Ol Pejeta will assist to manage these operations, in a move that sees the creation of a private public sector partnership working to maximise the productivity of the land, whilst conserving wildlife at the same time.
Mutara Ranch lies to the north of Ol Pejeta. An archetypal Laikipia landscape, its rich grasslands and thick bush are home to many of the species that are also found on Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, giraffe, antelope and zebra can all be found here, as well as the occasional pack of African wild dogs. Yet, until recently, this land was not managed with tourism and conservation in mind.
Now, the Mutara Conservancy, with a significant investment from the Monarch Group who have set up the luxury Jambo Mutara Camp-Laikipia on the property, is well on its way to becoming a self-sufficient operation. Integrated to Ol Pejeta and linked to it through wildlife corridors, migratory species such as wild dog and elephant will be permitted to roam across the Mutara Conservancy at will.
The creation of the Mutara Conservancy will also create more space for Ol Pejeta’s expanding black rhino population in support of the national black rhino programme.
The Laikipia County Government in conjunction with Laikipia Wildlife Forum will be hosting the first public hearings for the proposed Laikipia County Tourism Bill as follows:
DATE:30TH JANUARY 2015
TIME: 9:00 AM
VENUE: NANYUKI SOCIAL HALL
DATE:2ND FEBRUARY 2015
VENUE:NYAHURURU SOCIAL HALL
This is targeting all tourism stakeholders and the general public and will cover Laikipia North and East.