Masai tending his cattle, wildlife guard monitoring his White rhinoceros (photo via Flickr/Alan Harper).
Cooperation is critical for coexistence in Laikipia, but achieving it will require the participation of cattle herders, landowners and the government.
‘The broad plains of Mugie, a huge estate on a high plateau northwest of Mount Kenya, are crisscrossed with cattle trails and the wildlife is mostly gone.
‘The knee-high grass remains, but not for long, manager Josh Perrett said.
‘Tensions between semi-nomadic pastoralists and settled landowners are nothing new, nor is competition between livestock and wildlife, but in Kenya’s central Laikipia highlands they are taking a destructive, sometimes violent turn.
‘Last month, about 30,000 livestock arrived on Mugie, displacing wildlife. The illegal herders—some armed with spears, others with AK-47s—cut through fences, making off with wire and posts. . . .
‘At the 17,600 hectare Suyian ranch, south of Mugie, thatched huts for tourists were burned…
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