Apr 12, 2021

Q4 2020 Enonkishu Conservancy Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCT-DEC 2020:

  • Sightings of wild dogs in Enonkishu have been frequent as our “gang of four” joined up with some males from the Pardamat pack (Figure 1).
  • Kisaru’s three surviving cubs separated from her on 18 October (Figure 2). Herders have reported that Kisaru gave birth to three new cubs on the northern boundary of the conservancy around 15 December. A new (to us) male cheetah has been making appearances in Enonkishu.
  • Adult male lion Barikoi has been seen among his typical pride of nine lions that have been sticking to Enonkishu throughout 2020 (Figure 3).
  • Grey Crowned crane numbers increased drastically during the quarter, as has been noticed in December of previous years (Figure 4).
  • Bushmeat snaring and “poaching” events have been on the rise throughout the Mara conservancies, with more tactical joint patrols and snare sweeps occurring throughout the quarter (Figure 5).
  • The harvesting of Olive trees from a neighbor’s land adjacent to the conservancies (Figure 6) has spurred further negotiations in protecting 800 acres.
  • Twelve calves were weaned and eleven calves were born to Herds for Growth and the target of 300 head by the end of the year was achieved on 26 December 2020 (Figure 8).
  • In early October, the team from KENTTEC returned to test our livestock for Trypanosomiasis strains (Figure 9). Herd managers switched medications and treatment plan to account for a strain we were unaware had infected the cattle.
  • The new Bingham ranger camp just inside Naretoi’s Safari Gate was completed in October (Figure 10).
  • The worst parts of the black cotton road from Safari Gate up to the Nampaso settlement was repaired with murram (Figure 11).
  • ESL classes for employees of the conservancy and supporting enterprises continued throughout the quarter, meeting in the Wild Shamba when the Eco camp was occupied.
  • A football tournament was held at Kaelo’s homestead prior to the partial return of students to school in early October (Figure 12).
  • Throughout the quarter, rangers from Naretoi and Enonkishu trained for the inaugural Ultra MARAthon that took place on 12 December (Figure 13).

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Dec 15, 2020

Q3 2020 Enonkishu Conservancy Highlights

Thank you for your continued support of Enonkishu Conservancy. Through donations from our network of supporters, the conservancy has continued to operate even without tourism revenue providing for operating costs. With a lack of tourists, there have been more incidences of resource harvesting and even crimes against wildlife, but the outpouring of support has allowed us to carry on supporting and monitoring the ecosystem and its wildlife on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara Conservancies. With your support, the ecosystem will be intact and ready for a full recovery of the tourism industry in Kenya.

Please see the attached document which outlines some of the highlights from the third quarter of 2020. Although reports of predators are fewer with less tourist vehicles around, Enonkishu is thriving with cheetah, lion, leopard, and wild dog! We hope you can come see for yourselves once the world recovers from this crisis and it is again safe to do so.


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Oct 5, 2020

Q2 2020 Enonkishu Conservancy Highlights

Dear supporters,

Thank you very much for your interest and support of Enonkishu Conservancy during this trying time. The wildlife has been amazing in the conservancy and we are trying our best to capture images to keep you informed! Work has carried on and the highlights of Q2 2020 can be found in the attached report.

Enonkishu was greatly affected by the closure of travel to reduce the spread of Covid-19. From March 2020, the conservancy lost all revenue from tourism and although our focus has always been seeking alternative revenue sources (such as livestock), conservancy fees from tourists did provide 75% of our operating expenses in 2019. The loss of our revenue stream was especially poignant considering Enonkishu had to cancel a March fundraiser due to travel and meeting restrictions and the 2020 high season had essentially been cancelled for non-resident tourists. At the end of Q1 2020, the future was bleak as many of our planned revenue sources were uncertain, and the operating expenses were at a minimum to ensure the survival of the conservancy. It became abundantly clear that the operating budget of the conservancy is essential, as incidences of bushmeat poaching and harvesting of natural resources drastically increased. Throughout Q2 2020, projections were calculated and plans were made to optimize our effectiveness in the utilization and securing of vital funds to keep us going. Most importantly, Enonkishu’s conservancy members have been incredibly understanding throughout the crisis.

We have been incredibly fortunate to receive funding from multiple sources with $12,000 raised through GlobalGiving. This funding enabled us to resume normal operations and begin construction on a new ranger camp which had to be relocated after the flood in April. Fundraising must be a new priority until tourism returns to the conservancy’s supporting enterprises, but the response from supporters has been amazing considering everyone is experiencing their own form of financial strife from Covid-19.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the network of support for Enonkishu, our outlook is much more positive. Kenya has re-opened domestic travel in July 2020 and international travel may re-open as early as August 2020, depending on regulations from specific countries of origin. As with everything right now, all is subject to change, but we are optimistic that there is a plan to continue moving forward in our overall objectives.

We look forward to a recovery of the tourism sector within Kenya so that the conservancy will be able to sustain itself through its original business model, but with adaptations to deal with future crashes in the tourism market. We will strive to work with the Maasai community to ensure more ownership over the conservancy's success as well as further pursuit of alternative revenue sources rather than fully relying on tourism income.

Again, thank you for your generous support and please enjoy the highlights attached.


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