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This page brings together ILRI and partner resources on wildlife. Click different tabs to see news items, research outputs, journal articles, video materials and presentations as well as ILRI projects and people related to wildlife. See ILRI research on other subjects

On 25 September, ILRI director general Jimmy Smith delivered an opening address on ‘Improving environmental sustainability of livestock systems in the developing world’ at the ‘Agri4D annual conference on agricultural research for development’ held in Uppsala, Sweden.   Read / view the opening keynote presentation made by ILRI’s director general Jimmy Smith at the International Grasslands [...]

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Wildlife conservancies will today come under scrutiny in a workshop to discuss wildlife tourism as a response to climate change. The workshop is organized under the auspices of the Enabling livestock based economies in Kenya to adapt to climate change: A Review of payment for ecosystem services from wildlife tourism as a climate change adaptation option. It will examine through an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) the viability of emerging conservancies within and around the...

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Online technology to empower students as Virtual kenya launched

Kenyan students will now be able to see their country virtually by “flying” over their districts, learning about other parts of the country and using computers in their day to day activities. This is due to launch of a new internet learning tool dubbed Virtual Kenya, created by ILRI and several of its partners. Launched June 22nd 2011 by Kenya’s Assistant Minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, Mr Peter Kenneth, the tool will initially reach nearly half a million students in 2000 schools. They will be provided with free maps both online and offline to facilitate learning geography at all levels from upper primary to university.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said the project ha...

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Independent groups have established four new conservancies to manage the land at the boundaries of national wildlife reserves in Kenya using the results of ILRI research on livestock and land management implemented with pastoral communities living on the reserve boundaries.

In 2004 ILRI’s MTP included the output target:  “Better information and processes for the development of improved management and policy options for sustainable land use and management in pastoral and agropastoral systems in East Africa, ecosystem services and livelihood assets and strategies”. The research was implemented in Kenya and Tanzania and built upon the interactions between wildlife, landuse and socioeconomic trends data to trigger debate on ecosystem changes. Research provided empirical evidence on t...

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Canada’s Parliament on Friday 23rd April, 2010, acknowledged the research of Philip Molo Osano, a doctoral student in the People, Livestock and Environment Theme (PLE) and McGill University.

The Hon. Marc Garneau, Canadian Member of Parliament for Westmount-Ville Marie, Quebec, said Mr Osano's work "will provide an invaluable contribution to understanding development programs in rural Africa, which hope to balance nature conservation, use of land for conservation and the economic life of nomadic herders."

According to the Canadian Hansard,  Hon. Garneau said "Mr. Osano's research inspires talented Canadian students to travel to Africa to participate in field work in programs like McGill's African field studies semester program".

Mr. Osano won the IDRC Doctoral Research Award. Osano work...

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Many pastoral livelihood and land use practices are aimed at reducing the risks involved in pursuing animal husbandry under conditions of low, variable and unpredictable rainfall of the East African rangelands.  The paper will address the difficulties of defining which strategy of mobility is more or less risky in a setting of social, environmental and economic complexity and the key question of whether land privatization decreases or increases risk in rangeland settings.

Presenter: Prof. John Galaty...

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Populations of wildlife species in the world-renowned Masai Mara reserve in Kenya have crashed in the past three decades, according to research published in the Journal of Zoology.

Numbers of impala, warthog, giraffe, topi and Coke's hartebeest have declined by over 70%, say scientists.

Even fewer survive beyond the reserve in the wider Mara, where buffalo and wild dogs have all but disappeared, while huge numbers of wildebeest no longer pass through the region on their epic migration.

However, numbers of cattle grazing in the reserve have increased by more than 1100% per cent, although it is illegal for them to so do.

This explosion in the numbers of domestic livestock grazing in the Mara region of south-west Kenya, including within the Masai Mara national reserve, is one of the princ...

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The People Livestock and Environment team in Nairobi is in a celebratory mood. On the 24th of November, two new Doctors of Philosophy graduated from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. A party will be held 9th December 2010, in honor of Dr. Fortunata Msoffe and Dr. David Nkedianye. Colleagues, friends and mentors have been sending messages of congratulations ever since the news was broken by Dr. Jan de Leeuw, Team Leader of the...

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'In the great plains of northern Tanzania, close to the world-famous Serengeti National Park, a bitter row has broken out over an attempt to designate 1,500sqkm of Loliondo District as a game-controlled area. 'The Maasai herdsmen in the area say their cattle cannot survive without access to traditional dry-season grazing in the area. The government says the land is needed as a wildlife corridor between the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Besides, the Minister for Natural Resources ...

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Watch this new provocative 22-minute TedTalk by Allan Savory on 'How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change'.

Alan Savory, a Zimbabwean-born biologist/ecologist and rangelands specialist, gives environmentalists pause in a recent TedTalk, published 4 Mar 2013, on the 'cancer' of desertification of the world's drylands, which make up some two-thirds of the Earth's surface.

'Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert', Savory begins in this quietly powerful talk. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes he has evidence that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even ...

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