The Mara Naboisho Conservancy: A Kenyan Conservation Success Story

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Written by Sarah Duff

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is an inspiring conservation success story that proves that animals and people can sustainably co-exist. On the northern edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s flagship wilderness area which is home to part of the annual world-renowned wildebeest migration, the conservancy occupies a 50,000-acre area of land. It was established four years ago when over 500 Maasai land-owning families decided to join up (“naboisho” means “come together” in the local Maa language) to form a private wilderness area which would allow for wildlife movement (there are no fences between the conservancy and the Masai Mara), tourism and the grazing of their cattle herds.

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