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Sosian Ranch, Laikipia
The Laikipia Plateau is the large stretch of high ground which can broadly be described as the aftermath and now the foothills of the ancient Volcano which gave birth to Mount Kenya, and which is also one of the steps down into the Great Rift Valley that runs from the Red Sea into Mozambique. Much of the Laikipia plateau is semi arid and ranchland, some of it now either owned, or leased, by white Kenyans who have introduced a promising new partnership with the local pastoral tribes, encouraging them to coexist with the wildlife on their land, and utilize it as a valuable and unique resource in a non consumptive manner. Involved in this initiative are rustic luxury lodges catering for high end tourism and tented camps offering many opportunities that are not found in the National Protected Areas. These include camel and horseback riding in beautiful wild country, walking, hiking, and climbing, fishing and tribal cultural activities staged especially for the tourists, along with encouraging the tribal people whose mainstay has always been their livestock, to upgrade their animals. Gift shops in the lodges sell handmade crafts and a percentage of the revenues raised benefit the local people directly through support of their schools, clinics etc. also providing an outlet for their handmade crafts. The people who have long occupied the Laikipia plateau have always lived on a knife edge where droughts and tribal conflicts have been the norm, but are now finding greater benefits from nurturing the wildlife than killing it. Unfortunately, however, the ranches of Laikipia that are prepared to coexist and protect the wildlife on their land are not large enough in terms of space for elephants, who, following ancient migratory routes, traditionally move hundreds of miles, crossing boundaries and borders, and are very much at risk wherever they do so.
One of the ranches of Laikipia that provides sanctuary to the elephants that pass through their land is called "Sosian", which is where both orphans "Sosian" and "Selengai" were found, wandering alone, meaning that some disaster has befallen their elephant family, if not on the ranch, then beyond its boundaries