In exercise of the Wildlife Act the Minister for Wildlife and Forestry has declared Soysambu to be a wildlife sanctuary. Our director, Kat Combes, has worked on this for the last five years so that we can get UNESCO nomination for a World Heritage Site.

We would also like to ask ask those residents and stakeholders on and around Lake Elmenteita to support GLECA (Greater Lake Elmenteita Conservation Area). There will be a meeting soon to discuss the management of the Lake with the Kenya Wildlife Service. There is a draft management plan.

The declaration of Lake Elmenteita Wildlife Sanctuary is a step forward in the nomination of the Kenya Rift Valley Lakes World Heritage Site. It will provide national protection to this incredibly fragile lake. Soysambu borders the Lake on the west. We look forward to working with our neighbors in protecting this valuable part of Kenya’s heritage.

Egyptian Geese at Soysambu

Today, I set out with only one mission in mind, to take a photo of the Egyptian Geese I had spotted a few days ago. Even though my photographic skills are not sharp, I managed to take a few photos of the pair of Egyptian Geese.

The Egyptian Geese were browner in colour, with chestnut patches on the feathers and around each eye, what a spectacular appearance! Its Conservation Status is of Least Concern (LC), that is, ICUN 3.1

As I approached, the female goose (the smaller one) started making cackling noises and stayed hidden for a while, with the male curiously eyeing me. I am suspecting there are eggs somewhere and I can’t wait to see the Goslings as am intrigued by nature.

My curiosity couldn’t help as I wanted a nice shot, but they got scared and flew off a few metres from the water to dry land. Phew!!

Soysambu Conservancy is rich in bird life!

Largest Wildlife Translocation in Kenya

1000 zebra moving from Soysambu to Amboseli

1000 zebra moving from Soysambu to Amboseli

This is a very dramatic site. Kenya Wildlife Service are moving Soysambu Conservancy’s zebra to help replenish the prey population in Amboseli which were devastated by the drought . One thousand Burchells Zebra are expected to be moved over the next few weeks. On our last wildlife census in September 2009 the number of zebra numbered 3274. We will keep you posted.

Elmenteita Community Dispensary

Elmenteita Clinic


Elmenteita Dispensary is sponsored by Constituency Development Fund (C.D.F) Project and it has been under construction for a few years withou completion due to lack of insuffiecient funds. Thanks to Safaricare International Foundation (S.C.I.F) through Soysambu Conservancy who have donated funds to see it’s completion.

This is going to cater for people from the Communities neighboring Soysambu Conservancy especially women and children who walk a long distance to get medical treatment.

Accidents at the Highway

Transafric Highway accidents

Transafric Highway accidents

Recently accidents have been occuring on the Trans-Afric Highway causing deaths,injuries, damage of property and lose of animal life. This is due to lack of electric fence to contain animals to the lower side of the Conservancy. Kenya Wildlife Service has started to put up a 10 km solar powered fence so as to minimise the accidents but the rest of 75 km fence is yet to be fenced when funds are available.