The Kenya Wildlife Service on Saturday, September 15, 2012 hosted the 8th edition of Cycle with the Rhino event at Lake Nakuru National Park.
Cycle with the Rhino is an annual unique cycling fund-raising competition initiated by KWS whose main aim is to rehabilitate the 74km Lake Nakuru National Park perimeter electric fence which is key in mitigating human-wildlife conflict, providing a secure rhino breeding sanctuary and protecting Lake Nakuru National Park – an internationally renowned bird’s watcher’s paradise famous for its flamingos.
Proceeds from the event also go towards community conservation education and the implementation of community social responsibility projects initiated by KWS for communities living around the park.
The Guest of Honour at the event was the German Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Mrs. Margit Hell Wig-Botte. Others to grace the event were the KWS Director, Julius Kipng’etich and two-time world marathon record holder, Amb. Dr. Tecla Loroupe.
The event brought together stakeholders, sponsors, communities living around the park and the general public through a unique and thrilling cycling competition as they cycled through the dusty hills and valleys, crisscrossing the heart of Nakuru town and its environs before culminating in a lifetime experience of a tour and adventure of Lake Nakuru National Park.
1. Davis Kinuthia
2. Husein Manfred
3. Paul Ariko
1. Fredrick Musiani
2. Dominic Ooko Ouna
3. George Mwangi
1. Keneth Kamau
2. Anthony Kiarie
3. Keneth Kamau
1. Peter Gathere
2. Jarsey Ngugi
3. Keneth karaya
1. Brian Wardrose
2. Mbuthia Peter
3. James Kimani
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Community Education and Awareness Desk.

8th edition cycle with the Rhino champions.


Rally Raid Kenya is a multi-round “Dakar style” national championship open to cars, buggies, quads & bikes & run to a two day format. Rally Raid Kenya is a multi-round “Dakar style” national championship open to cars, buggies, quads & bikes & run to a two day format. It is the fastest growing form of motorsport in the country with upwards of 45 competitors at each event. Based on the world famous “Dakar” event our cross country rally raids run to a two day format over a variety of terrain with the emphasis on navigation!
This event was hosted in Soysambu Conservancy on both Saturday May19th and Sunday 20th; it was fantastic despite the challenges due to wet season.
The sponsors of the event were;
Colortunes – competition numbers
ALS – medical helicopter
Feast with the Beast – accommodation and catering
Kick Energy & Mayes Media – DVD and TV coverage
All of the motor clubs and competitors (and their families)
Winners for the day were;
Simon & Whiz – Hybrid Plaz – 3:34:37
Ross Field – 4:25:11
Joe Boulanger – 4:31:56
Many thank s to Mike Borrisow and his team for the good work that made the event successful.
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Community Education and Awareness Desk.


Bush meat is a term used to describe meat taken from the wild. Historically, hunter-gatherer communities used bush meat as a source of protein in a sustainable way. Today however, bush meat poaching has evolved from a low subsistence activity to a huge commercial trade supplying urban and even international markets. Illegal poaching for bush meat has contributed significantly to wildlife loss and poses a great threat to species conservation.
Snares are indiscriminate, strategically positioned across animal tracks to capture, maim and kill wildlife, for this reason Soysambu Conservancy in collaboration with BORNFREE FOUNDATION team and Greensteds International School set aside a week to carry out De-snaring, Education and awareness activities as from 2nd may and ended on 6th, the work was well done as a total of seventeen snares was collected over the period.
Thanks team for you ensured the safety of our animals in the wild, keep it up.
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Briefing before De-Snaring.

Soysambu and BORNFREE Team.

Soysambu and BORNFREE Team.

De-snaring Team
De-snaring Team


The day was well spend by making Kenya Green through a tree planting exercise organized by Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp in collaboration with Soysambu Conservancy, Echariria primary, Kiboko Primary and Kasambara youths. One thousand trees were planted within Serena Camp at the shores of Lake Elmenteita as part of Agha khan Trust Fund activities.
Thanks team for being part of us during this day as we celebrate and appreciate Nature for what it is to us. Don’t be weary in conserving our Environment.
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Community Education and Awareness Desk.

Tree planting on progress.

Team at work.

The CEO Soysambu Conservancy,Serena Naturalist and Echariria primary Teacher planting their tree.


By Duncan Odour

Species consists of individual organisms which are very similar in appearance, anatomy, physiology and genetics having relatively recent common ancestors. Many species survive in specialized habitats. When these habitats are destroyed or fragmented the threat of extinction looms.

Cape Buffalo Herd Soysambu Conservancy

Herd of Cape Buffalo in Soysambu Conservancy

Keystone species is defined as one that has a critical role in determining and maintaining the overall relationship of plants and animals within an ecosystem. If a keystone species is removed or declines, the nature of the ecosystem will change dramatically. Keystone species of plants or animals appear to exhibit a particularly large influence on the ecosystem they inhabit. Keystone Species are essential to ecosystems and biodiversity.


Zebras are keystone species in Soysambu conservancy.

Elephants as a keystone species.

As keystone species, elephants stop the progression of grassland to forest or thicket by weeding out the trees and shrubs.   Elephants browse on these woody plants, yanking young trees out by their roots or stunting their growth by eating the growth points on their branches or kill it slowly by prying away its bark. Without elephants the grasslands overgrow with woody plants and convert to forests or to shrub-lands. This conversion begins when woody plants, particularly various species of acacias e.g (Acacia nilotica, xanthophloea) sprout among the grasses. Left unchecked, these sprouts can grow and reproduce, eventually forming a closed stand of trees or shrubs. Once in place, the stand’s interlocking branches and leaves shade out the grasses. Without enough sunlight to survive, the grasses dwindle, the grassland disappears. When grasses disappear, so do grazing antelopes and without antelopes, the packs and clans of carnivores also disappear. The newly growing forest supports a new web of life that is more impoverished and less productive feeding fewer species than the grassland.

An elephant grazing does not harm the grasses as grasses are adapted to live in harmony with their grazers sacrificing a few leaves in exchange for keeping their roots and growth points intact.
Grasses ensure this compromise by forming leaves that connect to their roots through weak and narrow bases which snap when a grazer eats the leaves leaving the roots safely below the ground. When a keystone species disappears from its habitat, that habitat changes dramatically. The keystone’s disappearance triggers the loss of other resident species, and the intricate connections among the remaining residents begin to unravel.
As resident species vanish, other species move in or become more abundant. The altered mix of species changes the habitat’s appearance and character.The “new” habitat looks different from the original one, housing a new mix of plants and animals. Often, the new habitat supports fewer species and works less efficiently than the original one as nutrients and energy turn over more slowly and less efficiently, biological diversity dwindles and the landscape begins to change.