The occupation of ranches and conservancies in western and northern Laikipia continues, albeit at reduced levels. The Kenya Police and the Kenya Defence Forces continue to mount regular operations to remove illegal grazers from the affected properties. In the meantime available information suggests that the “cattle barons” who instigated this problem 6 months ago have now removed their cattle by truck to areas where reasonable grazing still exists.
Unfortunately the long rains have not yet materialized to the extent necessary to recover drought stricken areas across the northern rangelands of Kenya. Consequently we are now witnessing large die offs of domestic livestock and wildlife alike in certain areas.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy remains unaffected. Currently game viewing is excellent with large numbers of wildlife having moved on to the Conservancy in search of forage.