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The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) in Kenya was established to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. These conservancies focus on disbanding poaching routes, increasing ecosystem monitoring and management, assisting in the alleviation of human-wildlife conflicts and establishment of core conservation protection areas.

In 2012, Taronga established a partnership with Biliqo-Bulesa Conservancy, one of the largest community conservancies under the umbrella of NRT. The conservancy has an important population of wildlife; elephants, Giraffe, Leopard, Greater & Lesser Kudu, Grevy’s Zebra, Ostrich, Buffalo and Lion and its establishment has improved wildlife security. The aims of this partnership are to improve the security of wildlife creating a safer ground for their movement and to improve the rangeland health through sound environmental practices to support both wildlife and livestock. Another key component of the partnership is to support community needs by diversification of their revenue through tourism and bead work products development as leverage for conservation.

This support would provide important rigour and credibility to Taronga’s Beads for Wildlife Community Conservation Campaign.