The Borana Conservancy is the non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife. Our mission is to provide a sustainable ecosystem, in partnership with our neighbours and community, for critically endangered species on the brink of extinction. Our holistic approach commits tourism, ranching and other enterprise to building local livelihoods and enhancing ecosystem integrity.
The shareholders of Borana set up the Conservancy to undertake all of the conservation and community programmes. The shareholders underwrite the core conservation costs and agree that all profits must be reinvested in the conservancy.
The sad truth is that our wildlife and our environment, are facing severe threats, necessitating an unrestrained effort to preserve these critical resources.
- Commercial Poaching – Ivory and rhino horn are sadly highly desireable commodoties in the far east, and fetch as much as 5000USD 75,000USD per kilo respectively on the black market. Because of this there has been a rise in poaching led by highly organised and determined armed gangs looking to exploit this trade. Africa loses two rhino a day and countless elephants to this trade, which has put both species perilously close to extinction.
- Bushmeat trade – The trade of bushmeat is similarly on the rise as inflation pushes the price of commercial meat ever-higher. Snares are used to trap wildlife, which are then sold on the black market. Snaring is indescriminate, and many larger inedible animals such as lion are also victims.
- Competition for resources between people and wildlife - Wildlife is the greatest asset this country has to offer, and directly contributes to 40% of the country’s GDP, however, the link between wildlife and local economy is not always easily recognisable.
- Wildlife is a menace for many of the people who live amongst it. Elephants can destroy a year’s worth of crops in minutes. Lion, leopard and hyena will, make the most of unattended livestock that is the inheritance of a family.
- For many in this country, whose basic needs such as clean water, health-care and feeding one’s family take precedence over the right of wildlife to take up valuable space.
Borana and the other conservationists must do all in their power to make sure that people’s lives are not adversely affected by wildlife.
- Protect our neighbours’ crops from elephant and buffalo with high-voltage electric fences, deploy rangers to push out problem animals, and carefully monitor our predators to make sure that our neighbours’ livelihoods are protected from the pressures of wildlife.
There is a need to make people see the benefits of wildlife, both directly and indirectly.
- Borana supports several schools, thereby helping to provide better futures for the young men and women in our community.
- Borana’s mobile clinic administers to many thousands in our surrounding districts and beyond – health education, family planning, HIV aids counseling, anti-natal care and immunisations along with every day curative medicine.
- Borana Conservancy and Lodge have a local employment policy, providing employment, pensions and health insurance to over 200 members of our immediate community.
The Kenyan people must develop their own stakehold in Kenya’s greatest asset.
- Borana has assisted the funding, development, marketing and management of community-owned conservation initiatives like Tassia, Oreteti and Il N’gwesi – ensuring that people are now protecting their own wilderness areas. With this, livelihoods are now changing as a result of wildlife and wilderness, rather than despite it.
Modern conservation goes beyond the care and breeding of wildlife within a confined space. Modern conservation needs to be broader than that. Protecting these iconic species and habitat is a sacred responsibility and one that takes integrated and sustained effort. Successful conservation is the result of the careful cohabitation of people and wildlife.
To this end, the Borana Conservancy focuses on a close working partnership with our neighbours and community:
- Meetings with elders from the local Maasai communities under the shade of an acacia tree addressing their needs.
- Keeping wildlife away from the neighbouring subsistence farms: pushing elephants through fence lines; the daily monitoring of predators; and the deployment of rangers to assist in protecting cattle and crops outside of Borana’s boundaries. The constant maintenance of fences ensures that these incidents are declining dramatically.
- Borana has its own education support programme, and many young minds have been put through primary, secondary and tertiary education.
- The Mobile Clinic clocks up hundreds of miles daily, providing health care to areas that otherwise would not receive it.