From livestock to wildlife: building and scaling a private sector conservancy network across Kenya’s Laikipia plateau.
There is increasing recognition that private sector, land-based interventions in conservation are needed to sustain naturally functioning, economically viable ecosystems. Relying on formally protected areas such as national parks will not be sufficient.
Kenya’s Laikipia district forms part of the wider Ewaso ecosystem, a high-value natural landscape that hosts the country’s second largest elephant population, the highest variety of rare species (Grevy zebra, black rhino, wild dog etc.) and is the only area in Kenya, despite its formally unprotected status, where overall wildlife populations are now increasing – the result of an exciting and dynamic new private-sector led conservation movement. Until the late 1990’s most land in Laikipia was managed as livestock ranches. Since then most have migrated to new business models based around wildlife conservation, and Conservation Capital and its principals have been at the heart of virtually all of these transitions.