• Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

    Kenya: Maasai-led conservation of a vulture sanctuary

  • Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

    Kenya: Maasai-led conservation of a vulture sanctuary

  • Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

    Kenya: Maasai-led conservation of a vulture sanctuary

  • Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

    Kenya: Maasai-led conservation of a vulture sanctuary

  • Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

    Kenya: Maasai-led conservation of a vulture sanctuary

  • Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

    Kenya: Maasai-led conservation of a vulture sanctuary

  • Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

    Kenya: Maasai-led conservation of a vulture sanctuary

In Brief

Location:

65 kilometers southwest of Nairobi in the southern Great Rift Valley. 

Goal:

Working with Maasai property owners, the goal is to establish a wildlife sanctuary of 12,600 hectares along a 15-kilometer stretch of cliff habitat favored by breeding vultures and falcons.  

Conservation Value:

The Kwenia cliffs are approximately 140 meters high overlooking Kwenia Lake in the Rift Valley and serve as in important nesting site for the Critically Endangered Rüppell's vulture (Gyps rueppellii).  Kwenia is the most important (nesting and roosting) site for this critically endangered species (Gyps rueppellii) in southern Kenya.  It serves as the central hub for Rüppell’s vultures that venture out in search for food across the region.   The proposed Kwenia Vulture Sanctuary is favoured by the local Maasai people who recognize that this unique and valuable piece of the Rift Valley is in critical need of protection.

Threats:

  • Increased development
  • For vultures: poisons found in cattle carcasses and electrocution caused by cement telephone poles
  • Resource-based conflicts (overgrazing, commercial agriculture, poison applications, charcoaling, inter-community conflicts) 
  • Lack of awareness of the value of biodiversity and the need for better policies and planning
  • Limited livelihood opportunities and unsustainable livelihoods

Actions & Results:

The project aims to: Establish landowner and community consensus; document land ownership; map the sanctuary; formalize the Kwenia Vulture Sanctuary; prepare KVS Concept; conduct landowner forum; register KVS with the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Project Field Partner:

Kenya Bird of Prey Trust 

Cost:

ICFC 2021 Budget US $40,100

Size of Area Involved:

12,600 hectares

Gallery

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Giraffe - lake kwenia 1 copy
Secretary bird at the base of the kwenia cliffs copy
Ruppells vulture (gyps rueppelli)
Rupells vultures on kwenia cliff copy
Screen shot 2021-08-19 at 11.35.42 am
Nesting area
Wet season
Screen shot 2021-08-19 at 11.40.23 am
View from cliff
Maasai meeting

Video

Greeting from Maasai community member

In More Depth...

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