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1 June 2020

Annual Report 2019

This landscape is a place where, for centuries, the Maasai people have lived and kept intact, benefiting themselves, their livestock and wildlife. The area is still home to the majority of Kenya’s Maasai. Yet, today it is a threatened landscape, confronting a growing population, a culture in transition and land use changes that threaten critical habitats.

1 May 2020

Understanding the lion Attacks on Humans and Livestock

Over a period of 26 months, lions attacked livestock 29 times, resulting in 41 livestock deaths and 19 injuries. There were also two attacks on people. Lions preferred cattle over the more numerous sheep and goats. Attacks on livestock occurred mostly during the dry season and were not affected by changes in prey density or variation in pastoral settlement that brought livestock into closer proximity with lions

1 April 2020

Incorporating social-ecological complexities into Conservation Policy

In the process of developing new conservation policies, policymakers must have access to information which will inform their decisions. Evidence rarely considers the complexities of social-ecological systems. The SocialEcological Systems Framework (SESF) is an adaptable yet structured approach for understanding the processes that lead to changes in natural resources, using a systems-based approach that aims to treat ecological and social components equally.

7 January 2020

Conservation from the inside-out: Winning space and a place for wildlife in working landscapes

Using a case study in southern Kenya, we show that the conservation of large open landscapes, biodiversity and the coexistence between wildlife and livestock can be achieved indirectly by reinforcing pastoral practices that depend on open space, mobility, social networks and institutional arrangements governing common-pool resources.

23 September 2019

SORALO Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023

Kenya’s South Rift Valley is a landscape where the Maasai people have lived for centuries with their livestock and alongside native wildlife. The area is still home to a remarkable diversity of human culture and biological diversity, but today it is a threatened landscape, confronting a growing population, a society in transition, and land use changes that threaten critical wildlife habitat.

16 September 2019

Global Ecology & Conservation

Rangelands across the world are home to millions of pastoral people and vast wildlife populations, which create a complex landscape for conservation. Community based conservation has been used to promote human-wildlife coexistence on pastoral lands, protecting wildlife outside of official protected areas. With the spread of community based conservation within the rangelands there is a need for more information on successful management practices.

15 September 2019

Journal of Arid Environments

Wildlife and livestock have coexisted across East African rangelands for millennia, tracking seasonal forage availability across large landscapes. More recently however, free-ranging movements have been increasingly restricted by land use changes, reducing the ability of livestock and wildlife to access necessary grazing resources, leading to both homogenization and degradation of the rangeland.

13 September 2019

Annual Report 2018

At the core of SORALO’s mission and work is ensuring that the communal rangelands of Kenya’s Rift Valley are kept intact and open, ensuring the continued seasonal movements of livestock and wildlife. Across much of Kenya’s Maasai lands, formerly communal rangelands have been subdivided into individual plots, which leads to fencing and other barriers that blocks the migration routes and corridors of cattle and wildlife alike.

13 September 2019

Annual Report 2017

The South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO) represents the Maasai pastoralist communities of Kenya’s South Rift Valley region. Our work covers an area of just over 1 million hectares comprising southern Kenya’s last remaining lands where significant communal landholdings remain intact, traditional pastoralist rangelands governance systems continue to function, and livestock and wildlife continue to co-exist across large areas.