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Olare Orok

The Olare Orok Conservancy (OOC) covers 10,000 hectares of wilderness area adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The conservancy was founded in 2006 thorugh a partnership with 277 Maasai landowners to reserve land for wildlife. The OOC was the first conservancy established among the northern group ranches, a movement initiated by Ron Beaton and Jake Grieves-Cook. Their conservation-minded approach has created one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the Masai Mara.

Tourism within the OOC is at a low intensity, with only three member camps (Kicheche Bush, Mara Plains and Porini Lion camps) accessing the conservancy. Cattle are excluded from the conservancy, and no settlements are present. Overall, the conservancy shows very little human impact. 

The Olare Orok Conservancy Trust plays an important role in both consevation and the community. The Trust is a strong supporter of the Koiyaki Guide School, which aims to provide quality guides to mara establishments. The Trust is also a supporter of Living With Lions, helping to employ Kasaine Samkan as project assistant. 

The OOC has a substantial lion population, and most prides are large. Whilst further studies will tell us more, it is likely that the absence of cattle enables prides to support a large number of individuals. 

The largest pride in the OOC is the Moniko Pride, named after a landmark hill. The Enkoyonai Pride are also large. Both prides have two males. 

As of 2012, the total number of lions in the conservancy is estimated at 46 individuals, with a total of 25 adults, operating in two main prides and several splinter groups.

For more information or to contact the OOC members, please visit the website


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