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Northern Rangelands Trust Expands Focus

Posted by Tara Henson on 03/11/2014

Northern Rangelands Trust Expands Focus

(Courtesy of Northern Rangelands Trust)


"February started with the inauguration of NRT's new Board of Trustees and the bi-annual Council of Elders. Both groups gave the go-ahead for three important new directions for NRT: to register a new commercial trading arm "NRT Trading Ltd", which will run a number of business lines including livestock marketing and bead-making (and in the near future possibly mango-juicing and tourism-marketing); to explore the potential for expanding NRT into Turkana County to help bring peace, development and good land management through community conservancies, with the Pokot and Turkana people; and to undertake an organisational review of NRT's structure, growth and business model."


"African leaders, with support from the UK Government, have put forward the “Elephant Protection Initiative” (EPI): an African-led initiative to immediately protect elephants and end the trade in ivory."


The Oklahoma City Zoo supports the Lekirruki Conservation Trust, one of the many conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust, and has provided $34,000 in grants for the construction of the Lekurruki manager's house and office, security head office and radio room. Due to its diverse landscape, Lekurruki Conservation Trust is home to many different species of wildlife and plants. Large herds of buffalo and elephant are common within the conservation area with one herd of elephant estimated at 450 individuals. The Mukogodo Forest is home to many unique species of plants, birds and butterflies.

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