When Kijabe Group Ranch set aside its 5000-acre conservation area, it also zoned the remainder of the Ranch into grazing areas and settlement areas. It has now embarked upon an enlightened process of re-zoning with the intention of further concentrating settlement to free up more grazing lands, over which it is implementing a pattern of seasonal grazing rotation. At the same time the Ranch is undertaking a radical de-stocking of livestock, cutting by two thirds the numbers of cattle, sheep and goats on the land. Simultaneously, they will start a programme of livestock improvement, bringing into the herd two proven Boran breeding bulls. The results are likely to be quite remarkable both in economic development and in conservation terms.
Since, a further 3 neighbouring communities have designated part of their land for Conservation. The Ol Lentille Conservancy is now 20,000 acres, and set to grow to 50,000 in the next few years.
All guests at the Sanctuary at Ol Lentille contribute from their tariff a Community Conservation Fee. This income is split between the Community landowners and the Ol LentilleTrust. Before the advent of the Ol Lentille project, the average income here was probably less than US$3.00 per day A Group Ranch is a legal entity in Kenya. It has an elected Committee to manage Ranch affairs. There are sub-committees for Grazing and Conservation, and a growing Women’s Group.