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Over the last five years we have been assessing the viability of wildlife conservancies in the Greater Mara ecosystem (GME), Kenya. Wildlife conservancies promote the protection of wildlife by creating additional conservation areas in community owned land. Our research aims to identify and quantify changes to and vegetation cover, ungulate distribution patterns and abundance that take place as a result of changes in management strategies with the establishment of wildlife conservancies. Overall our research in the Maasai Mara to data provides an accumulation of evidence in support of wildlife conservancies as ecological refuges, presenting them as a management tool that has the potential to promote rapid recovery from degradation and consequently support substantial numbers of wildlife.
As part of our ongoing research across several wildlife conservancies in the Mara ecosystem we aim to develop a more widespread appreciation of conservancy wildlife conservation utility. We also aim to provide conservancy managers with essential information on the ecological condition of their conservancies and assist in the development of management plans that incorporate the needs of both people and wildlife.
Wildebeest at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya