By Dr Adam Cruise
Over the past 30 years, wildlife conservancies in Kenya have proliferated. There are currently 167 conservancies covering 11 percent of Kenya’s landmass. This is more than the area of national parks, which covers around eight percent of the total area. Kenya’s conservancies are spread across various regions encompassing diverse ecosystems from savanna rangelands to forests and marine environments. Two-thirds of Kenya’s wildlife populations exist outside formal state-managed areas on land co-habited by humans, thus making the conservation of wildlife dependable on finding ways for local communities to become involved in the management and governance of wildlife conservation.