Borana Wildlife Conservancy
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Borana Wildlife Conservancy
Borana Conservancy is a 32,000-acre conservation area at the foot of Mount Kenya in Laikipia Area, Northern Kenya. It is a Black and White Rhino sanctuary.
In 2013, Borana Conservancy merged with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy forming one continuous wildlife area forming Lewa-Borana Landscape, a 90,000-acre wilderness for the animals to roam in. In this year, Borana Conservancy introduced 21 black rhinos in the conservancy 11 of which were from Lewa Conservancy. Both conservancies share the same mission, which is to conserve the endangered wildlife species and promote sustainable tourism through community participation. The endangered species conserved here are black rhino, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and to some extent though not endangered, Jackson’s hartebeest, elephant and lion.
The combined conservancy host 200 both black and white rhino. This is the largest rhino habitat in East Africa. Kenya hosts about 760 black rhinos and 620 white rhinos and out of these, a population of over 10% live in Lewa-Borana Landscape.
The conservation effort is carried out in conjunction with Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), the Government of Kenya body charged with the responsibility of conservation and management of wildlife in the country. Through corroboration with KWS, incidences of human-wildlife conflict have been brought down hence the increase in the number of the endangered species. Borana Conservancy together with the stakeholders has increasingly secured and expanded safe landscape for the conservation of wildlife.
The local communities highly depend on cattle for income generation and for food. Grazing land is becoming scarce due to reasons. To start with, human population has increased and therefore human settlement is taking up land meant for pastures. The second factor is drought. Laikipia receives very little rainfall hence scarcity of gracing land. The factors cause human-wildlife conflict. Borana works with the communities to allow managed grazing within the conservancy. This way the communities earn income and on the flipside, cattle dung enriches the soil hence growth of grass to feed the cattle and the wildlife. Everybody and everything win.
The rangers in Borana are trained annually including first aid that will not only reduce poaching but will also greatly enhance their safety and welfare.
Borana Lodge, established in 1993, is right at the centre of the conservancy. The Lodge has been a prime economic driver that has enabled the conservancy to secure vital habitat for endangered species.
Borana can be conveniently included on an itinerary that takes in iconic safari destinations such as the Masai Mara National Reserve and Tarangire National Park or even beach holiday in Lamu Island or Zanzibar. Browse our recommended tours and safaris or contact us and we will tailor-make a personalized safari itinerary for you.