Government-Owned Ranch Ventures Into Wildlife Conservation - AWF

Thu, 2007-10-25 17:48 by Hans

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ADC will set aside a 12,000-acre area within Mutara for wildlife conservation and ecotourism and manage the entire ranch area in a manner that protects wildlife habitat and prevents poaching.

Mutara ranch comprises an area of 253 square kilometers in the midst of critical wildlife migration corridors. It has a wide diversity of game, including the big five, rare species such as Grevy’s zebra, cheetah and Patas monkey. It was first established as a privately-owned ranch in 1921 and is now a government-owned cattle ranch.

According to Richard Vigne, Chief Executive Officer, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, “The entry of Mutara ranch into the Laikipia conservation arena will act to secure critical wildlife habitat whilst developing opportunities for ecotourism ventures. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, one of Kenya’s premier wildlife sanctuaries, is proud to be associated with a project that assists government to realise the potential of wildlife as a tool for wealth creation in the semi-arid regions of Kenya.”

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