Back in March when the first case of COVID-19 was identified in an arriving passenger on a flight from overseas, the Kenya government took prompt and decisive action aimed at preventing the rapid spread of COVID-19 by stopping scheduled international flights coming into the country and by introducing a series of co-ordinated measures designed to keep […]

Report on tracking a lioness in Ol Kinyei Conservancy by Niels Mogensen, Chief Project Officer, Mara Lion Project An important tool in lion conservation GPS-satellite collars are a vital tool when it comes to monitoring and conserving predators like lions. Collaring adult female lions enables examination of how large the true pride home ranges are […]

A good move by the Kenya government – appointing a high-powered international PR company to help Kenya to rebuild its image in the crucial overseas markets and to attract inward investment. No doubt there will be howls of outrage from some locally who would have preferred a homegrown outfit to be given this assignment but […]

SWARA EDITOR, ANDY HILL, INTERVIEWS JAKE GRIEVES-COOK

The Selenkay Conservancy is located within the community-owned Eselenkei Group Ranch which is 10 miles north of the boundary of Amboseli National Park.  The Selenkay Conservancy  was  first established nearly 20 years ago by Gamewatchers Safaris on 15,000 acres of land leased from the local Maasai community with the aim of protecting the wildlife habitat […]

These maps show how in recent years the outer Mara eco-system was fragmented into thousands of small plots of land owned by individual community members. Some of these were then combined to form protected habitat for wildlife by being set aside as Conservancies, starting with the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in 2004 and followed by Olare […]

This letter from author Romain Gary to an elephant was published in Life magazine nearly 50 years ago but is still relevant today, especially these lines: “…who knows, if we stop destroying elephants and save them from extinction, we may yet succeed in protecting our own species from our destructive enterprises as well.” Life Magazine […]

John Mbaria questioned Jake Grieves-Cook on his perspective on the poaching crisis. An abridged version is in The Nairobian (issue 22-28 August) and the full interview is below. Q1: What is your perspective on the poaching crisis? A: In the last few years in Kenya there has been renewed poaching of elephants for the ivory […]

Kenya: Security Key to Achieving Kenya’s Tourism Potential By Njonjo Kihuria, 21 July 2014 1. Njonjo Kihuria: You are currently in the UK marketing ‘Destination Kenya’ – what reception are you getting? JGC: Kenya has been a popular destination for British visitors for many decades and the UK has always been our biggest source market. […]