Conserving Coexistence

It is estimated that a significant proportion of Kenya’s wildlife is found outside of formally protected areas, mainly on community land. In the light of national declines in wildlife, community areas have become critical for biodiversity conservation across the country. The Maasai have lived with wildlife for centuries through their traditional semi-nomadic pastoral lifestyle, and what could be called a ‘culture of coexistence’. Given this, the conserving coexistence programme puts communities and their livelihoods first, which can subsequently create safe space for wildlife and people. Our work under this programme includes supporting our regional network of community game scouts, helping prevent and manage human-carnivore conflict through our Rebuilding the Pride programme, and assisting communities to develop and manage their conservancies. 

Community Games Scouts

We currently support 35 community scouts to help communities protect their natural resources. Scouts patrol daily within community lands to prevent environmental crimes, ranging from poaching to illegal logging. They also act as mediators in any human-wildlife incidents, communicating with the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service), rescuing wounded animals, removing wildlife snares and keeping people and their livestock safe. 

Rebuilding the Pride

Our Rebuilding the Pride (RTP) programme focuses on large carnivores, such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas. The purpose of RTP is to monitor potentially harmful wildlife species and then share information on their movements with local livestock herders. Part of this work is to assist the local herders prepare the necessary paperwork in order to seek compensation through the Kenya Wildlife Service . For more on RTP’s work, visit their Instagram or Facebook pages.

Developing and Managing Community Conservancies

SORALO currently works with three community conservancies (Shompole, Olkiramatian and Suswa) and helps with supporting the game scouts who operate in each place. SORALO also works in areas where a conservancy is in the planning (Olorgesilie) or in areas where the local communities have other mechanisms for protecting their resources (Loita). SORALO plays a role in assisting the local governance bodies (conservation committees or group ranch leaders) formulate conservation plans.