Melako Community Conservancy covers 45,000 hectares of arid rangelands and savannah in Northern Kenya, and supports approximately 6,000 people.It is also home to the critically endangered Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi) and other arid species such as the African Elephant, Beisa Oryx, Yellow Baboon, cheetah and giraffe.
Traditionally, the Rendille people of Melako rely on livestock for food, trade and income. A balance between livestock and wildlife numbers is essential for the health of the Rangelands. However, ongoing drought and human conflict over livestock has increased demand for grazing and water resources.
Zoos Victoria partners with the Melako Conservancy to support community-run programs that aim to help people live in balance with wildlife through local development and sustainable use of natural resources. Activities include:
We expect one indicator of our program's success to be an increase in the abundance of wildlife and a decrease in their vigilance and flight distance towards people.
This will indicate that animals are habituated to people and do not feel threatened by their presence. To measure the impact of our activities on local wildlife a biodiversity survey program is being conducted.
Program co-ordinator: Brooke Squires (Zoos Victoria)
Participating organisations: Zoos Victoria; Melako Community Conservancy; Northern Rangelands Trust; The University of Melbourne; One World Futbol