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Kenya

About the Project

Pride and Pastoralist. This short film gives an insight into the complicated layers of the human-animal conflict and highlights the importance of coexistence in the future of sustaining wildlife populations in Kenya. The underlying message is that coexistence of pastoral livestock and wildlife is not only possible, but is the best hope of sustaining large viable carnivore and other wildlife populations. Although this film focuses on specifically lion in the South Rift region, it speaks to many human-animal conflict issue worldwide.

The Whole Story

This incredible story of lion and maasai co-exsistence inspired a young filmmaker to pack up her cameras and drive herself into the middle of the burning hot south rift in Kenya. Here she spent months with the maasai and conservationists trying to understand the desperate situation and work out how best to share it with the world.

The project this film supports is 'Rebuilding The Pride". It aims to increase lion and other carnivore numbers across the South Rift, linking the Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo into a viable meta-population. The program centers on reducing human-wildlife conflict, preventing range fragmentation and maintaining healthy prey numbers. The project explores the basis of traditional practices among pastoralists that allow herders to coexist with wildlife and minimize conflict with predators. The lion serves as a signature species for conserving other large carnivores, including wild dogs, cheetah, leopards and striped and spotted hyenas. Rebuilding the Pride programe intends to prove that coexistence of pastoral livestock and wildlife is not only possible, but is the best hope of sustaining large viable carnivore populations. Rebuilding the Pride also refers to the pride communities themselves take in conserving wildlife to their economic advantage.

 

About SORALO (South Rift Association of Land Owners)


SORALO stands for South Rift Association of Land Owners. A formally registered Trust that was created in 2004 in order to provide a legitimate body to represent the needs of land owners and push for joint management of 15 group ranches which form the bridge between the famous Amboseli and Maasai Mara National Reserves.

It is a community based and a community driven initiative whose primary role is to bring land owners together for effective management of resources in order to directly improve livelihoods, network and assist in resource mobilization for the development of the South Rift Valley region, all while taking into consideration the key threats and challenges in the area.

The South Rift Valley region of Kenya where SORALO works spans an area of approximately 850,000 hectares (2,100,396 acres) covering a range of topographic and ecological conditions and hosts one of the richest large mammal assemblages on earth.  This includes both wildlife and livestock, and is enabled primarily by the traditional nomadic pastoralism form of land use, which encourages mobility to ensure survival.

The productivity and survival of wildlife and livestock in this area depend on a common ecological strategy rooted in mobility and feeding efficiency. This has made it possible for wildlife and pastoral livestock to co-exist for over 3,000 years without significant degradation of the environment.  This area comprises of mainly arid and semi-arid lands, and unfortunately has a history of long-term marginalization and neglect, particularly by governmental policies and departments.  However due to its rich culture, wildlife, ecology and landscape the potential for diversification of land use and livelihood generation, particularly through tourism, is high.

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