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Olare Orok Conservancy: Roi
Olare Motorogi Conservancy, also known as Olare Orok Conservancy, is a 33,000 acre (13,500 hectare) conservancy on the northern border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The conservancy was formed in May 2006 when a deal was brokered between a handful of tourism operators, who wished to operate in and conserve the area, and individual Maasai landowners. Unlike the creation of conservancies in the north of Kenya, which have been largely brought into existence through an agreement with community elders of group ranches and a tourism operator, investor, or conservation organization. The founders of Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and the other Mara conservancies that were to follow, had to contend with approaching a large numbers of individual land owners. This was as result of the subdivision of the Mara group ranches that occurred at the turn of the Millennium, which divided the ranches into parcels of land of no more than 150 acres (60 hectares) a piece. In the case of Olare Motorogi Conservancy, 277 individual landowners had to be approached and 277 individual leases had to be negotiated. The agreement that was developed has since become the template for the Mara community wildlife conservancies and a blue-print for the sustainability of the greater Maasai Mara eco-system.
Prior to 2006, the Olare Motorogi Conservancyís 33,000 acres of grasslands, riverine forests and Acacia (recently renamed Vichellia) woodlands were populated by rural homesteads and grazed in an uncontrolled manner by large herds of cattle, sheep and goats. The eco-system was over-grazed and the sustainability of the habitat for both people and wildlife was being destroyed. The management, together with facilitators and elders, agreed on the removal of homesteads and the reduction in domestic livestock herd sizes within core conservation areas. The Conservancy adopted a holistic approach to grazing and pasture management within the conservancy; an approach that is not far removed from the traditional Maasai system, which encourages landowners to control-graze a small area until the grass is short before moving on to the next designated area. These short grass areas, once vacated by the cattle, become hot spots for herbivores, such as Wildebeest, Zebra, Topi, and Thompsonís and Grantís Gazelle, that love short grass. This grazing plan, coupled with a policy which leaves those areas that are diurnal refuge areas for predators completely free of domestic livestock, means that Olare Motorogi Conservancy has once again become a haven for big cats and an important part of the annual wildebeest migration route.