COMMUNITIES AND CONSERVATION
Communities and conservation are working together to provide an alternative approach to wildlife conservation, Jake Grieves-Cook who has been involved in Kenya’s tourism industry for over 40 years tells his story here.
Jake provides an insight into this unique approach, were local communities collaborate with conservationists and tourism operators to protect wildlife, significantly reducing human/wildlife conflict and provide tourists with an unforgettable and life-changing Safari experience. There are a number of unique projects and conservancies that are leading the way in defining a new era of eco-tourism creating a sustainable future for animals, locals, environment and visitors alike. One such operation is Porini Camps at Ol Kinyei Conservancy run by Jake Grieves-Cook. Bordering the north-east corner of the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Ol Kinyei Conservancy employs a different and new ethos to wildlife conservation. The management of Ol Kinyei and similar conservancies bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, and in other areas of Kenya lease land from local communities that directly benefit from its use to naturally host and protect wildlife populations. The privately owned and managed conservancies also offer employment to members of these communities and training opportunities in different areas of expertise in eco-tourism.
To find out more about Porini Camps visit: www.porini.com