Making hay while the sun shines

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is made up of many moving parts, and we owe some of our success to the effective collaboration of our departments and their goals.

An example of this lies in fodder production and grazing security for both livestock and wildlife. We have 900 acres set aside to grow Rhodes grass, which we then harvest in large round hay bales that serve to create an additional revenue stream (for reinvestment into conservation and community development) as well as critical drought reserves.

Having large fodder reserves means that when we do experience a drought and pasture is running low, we can feed our cattle the hay, therefore saving the remaining grazing for wildlife. It also means that if, in the endangered species boma, grazing becomes depleted, we are able to feed the northern white rhinos and the other endangered species that reside there with hay, and not have to worry about moving them.

The farming industry is fraught with highs and lows, and we constantly seek to de-risk these potentialities as much as possible. This also means that we are able to provide more consistent rangeland conditions for our wildlife, proving once again that when managed correctly, agriculture can be a vital tool for conservation.