Kenya: Ol Pejeta Conservancy's initiative to reduce conflict between wildlife sanctuary operators & local communities

Author: James Kariuki, Business Daily (Kenya), Published on: 6 February 2017

"Ol Pejeta to buy Sh50m Zebu bulls as tension with herders rises"

The 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy will spend Sh50 million to buy indigenous Zebu and Boran bulls from 3,500 families living around the conservancy. Head of livestock Richard Van Aardt said the move is aimed at improving livelihoods and easing the scramble for pastures, which has threatened relations between pastoralist communities and private wildlife sanctuary operators...Mr Van Aardt said another 3,500 head of cattle from local pastoralists had been allowed to graze within the sanctuary’s fields and use the watering points until the raging dry spell eases.

Laikipia County has experienced heightened tension as pastoralists move from place to place and even trespassed on wildlife sanctuaries in search of pastures.

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