Field Studies and Research

Soysambu Conservancy aims to secure habitat for the purposes of wildlife conservation. Therefore, our main objective is to ensure that all activities undertaken in the Conservancy do not compromise species biodiversity. We strive to do this through education, outreach and by developing science-based solutions to guide conservation actions for the benefit of nature and human welfare.

 

Management of wildlife in a closed ecosystem, such as Soysambu, is of paramount importance.  The Field Study and Research department provides timely and relevant information that helps make decisions regarding wildlife. Continuous research and monitoring of key species ensures informed decisions on habitats and wildlife species are made to secure habitats and conserve the environment.

 

Soysambu works to conserve the endangered Rothschild's giraffe and other key species. Moreover, the Conservancy is part of the "Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley" World Heritage Site, a Ramsar Convention Wetlands Site and a Bird Life International -Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.

 

As an integral part of the Nakuru - Elmenteita conservation area , Soysambu carries one of the highest wildlife densities in the Central Rift Valley of Kenya. In an attempt to ensure some connectivity with the greater Rift Lakes conservation landscape, there is a wildlife corridor planned along Soysambu's southern boundary. This corridor needs to be secured to ensure free movement of all animals, especially the 5000 zebra which are overgrazing the rangeland. Predators, such as lions, leopards, hyenas and jackals, need to be closely monitored as they play a crucial role in controlling prey densities.

 

We encourage national and international educational facilities to host their field studies programs on Soysambu.

 

There is always a need for third party researchers on Soysambu. The list of research opportunities are listed below.

 

These research areas will be reviewed regularly to address any new challenges experienced on the Soysambu  and discussed with collaborating institutions. Soysambu's management reserves the right to approve any research on the property. All external researchers are required to send their research proposals to Soysambu's Ecological Monitoring Department for review before consent is given on commencement of the field work. Once the research is approved and on-going, the researchers would be required to submit electronic and hard copies of progress and final reports.

 

We offer:

  • Attachment Placement
  • Internships
  • Volunteer Placement
  • A site for Projects and  Research
  • Practical sites;  especially for wildlife, rangelands and environmental students
  • Endangered species site
  • Diverse species for study both flora and fauna
  • Accommodations: Sugunoi house, Dorm/Campsites

 

Research and studies needed on Soysambu

  • Carry out an ecological assessment
  • Analyse the carrying capacity of the land and the impacts of each species
  • Predator monitoring, identification and management action plan
  • Develop key species management plans
  • Study the health of Soysambu in the Central Rift Valley ecosystem
  • Develop wetland management and monitoring systems
  • Study the effects of road and fence placements on the animal populations
  • Impacts bush clearing on acacia forest ecology
  • Study the use of fire in rangeland management
  • Carry out a geological and archaeological assessment
  • Develop an invasive species action plan
  • Study and monitor the disease transmission between wildlife and cattle (and vice versa).
  • Catalogue terrestrial and avian species
  • Planning for sustainable community programs
  • Develop a Climate Change action plan
  • Study the habitat Connectivity between Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha
  • GIS Mapping
  • Interaction between Pelicans and Flamingoes in relation to the Lake ecology – food sources, lake levels, temperature
  • Small mammal interactions

 

We welcome you to take this opportunity to contact our Ecological Department for further information on how you can interact with us or base your study on Soysambu.

 

Contact the Field Study Centre

email:  research@soysambuconservancy.org

Phone: +254 (0) 726151041

 

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