Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Olare Motorogi Conservancy is situated along the northern edge of Masai Mara National Reserve. It was established in May of 2006. To create the conservancy, 277 Maasai landowners collectively set aside a total of 35,000 acres of their land. The reserve includes valuable habitats, such as the lower sections of the Olare Orok River and Ntiakatiak River valleys, as well as its riverine forest. Another prominent natural feature in the conservancy is Ntiakatiak Gorge and the associated escarpment that measures twelve kilometres in length. An ecologically significant woodlands are located just below the escarpment. By setting aside land for the Olare Motorogi, the landowners have created an important buffer zone that includes migration corridors for many of Masai Mara fauna. The success of the conservancy serves as a template for other later conservancies adjoining Masai Mara National Reserve. Wildlife populations have steadily increased as has the diversity of animals in the conservancy.