The first and most important step to wildlife conservation is to secure wildlife habitats. CWCT leases wildlands from the local Maasai community at an economically competitive rate creating a direct relationship between the community and the conservancy, whereby the beneficiaries of thriving wildlife and consequently tourism are the very people who share their lands with the wildlife.
Step 1: Manage phase 1 (see map) of the Olderkesi Community Wildlife Conservancy effectively (this is currently ongoing)
Step 2: Fund the land bank necessary to pay the leases for phases 2,3,4 (see map)
- Phase 1: Securing the 7608-acre Olderkesi Conservancy for wildlife (dark green boundary)
- Proposed Phase 2: 3061 hectares (striped green area)
- Proposed Phases 3: 6956 hectares (smaller yellow area on the left)
- Proposed Phase 4: 16,974 with the crucial corridors (the two red areas on the map) of 123 hectares and 572 hectares
The centre of CWCT Operations where the team will monitor ranger and wildlife movements, store information, facilitate community meetings and efficiently strive towards meeting strategic objectives within the Community Conservancy.Read the Full CWCT Head Quarters proposal
The foundation of maintaining the conservancy are the boots on the ground. CWCT employs 30 community rangers of which 10 are the first women rangers in the Mara, and 2 do undercover work against the Illegal Wildlife Trade.
Raptor Rehabilitation Center
Vultures are pivotal to the health of the ecosystem as they are part of the cleanup crew, able to digest parasites, viruses and many other baddies found in rotten meat. If we lose our vultures it will be a huge detriment to the health of the ecosystem, not only wildlife but humans alike will be plagued by disease etc. Despite this, they are among the most threatened groups of bird worldwide with the most significant threat being poisoning. Olderkesi conservancy is one of the first conservancies on the ground to respond to such instances
The women groups of Olderkesi currently run a 100 hive-bee project that both supports wildlife conservation within the community whilst generating income for family units.
9 Water Projects
To provide safe, reliable water for the Maasai and their cattle, away from the conservancy, to reduce human-wildlife conflict (funding permitting/required)
Oltulele Primary School and Girls Center
Both a primary school for all students and a safe haven for girls looking for a brighter future
Amount needed: 900,000 USD
Vocational training centre for adults
Amount needed: 300,000 USD
Butterflies are a great indicator of ecological health, as well as butterfly pupae being a business for the local community centralised through CWCT to be sold internationally. This is another project that empowers the community through wildlife conservation, whilst also offering clients and guests a wonderful experience during their stay.
Amount needed: 140,000 USD
Build solar power ‘mini-grids’ in the 5 identified urban centres of the Olderkesi Land Use Plan
Implementation of the Olderkesi Land Use Plan
(ongoing, funding required)