The Pre-congress tours will cover Mount Kenya Region, particularly the arid areas, where there is the integration of wildlife and livestock production and the associated pasture/range management is well developed. Some of the conservancies in this zone are home to the endangered black/white rhino. This system of production has resulted in an increase in the wildlife numbers without compromising livestock production. The Destinations will include:
a) Ol Pejeta ranch
This ranch has perfected the integration of wildlife and livestock production and is home to a number of rhinos and larger herds of elephants among other animals. This ranch is also procuring animals from the pastoralists and finishing them on better managed pasture for niche beef markets. The ranch is also famous for the improved Boran breed of cattle. www.olpejetaconservancy.org
b) Il Ngwesi community ranch
This is community ranch that is employing improved range management techniques including holistic pasture management.
The improved pasture/range management practices include reseeding and rehabilitating degraded areas. The pastoralists produce yearlings that are then moved to the improved pasture area for finishing and marketing. This has increased the income the pastoral households receive for their livestock. This ranch is being used to test some of the management practices that will lead to ending drought emergencies in the greater horn of Africa. www.nrt-kenya.org/il-ngwesi.
c) Mpala Research Facility
The research facility work resonates around resource use and conservation in the rangelands. The scientists’ at the facility will present or facilitate discussions on rangeland vegetation and animals’ species dynamics, wildlife and vegetation diversity and efforts towards restoration of degradation. The facility also offers morning and evening game drives. Apart from the Rhino, wild animals such as Lions, Elephant. Giraffe and Buffalo are likely to be present.The conservancy also is host to ancient caves with historic wall writings. www.mpala.org