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            Improving Connectivity between Amboseli and Maasai Mara ecosystems

            Peter Lindsey
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            Grantee Soralo
            Type Human-wildlife Coexistence
            Location Southern rangelands of Kenya
            Grant Amount $298,070
            Duration 4 years

            This project is focused on securing and improving connectivity for lions in the rangelands that occur between the Maasai Mara and the Amboseli ecosystems. Working with five sub-divided group ranches, SORALO aim to help them to secure safe spaces and pathways of tolerance for lions by (i) protecting lion habitat and prey populations, (ii) monitoring lion movement, (iii) responding to and preventing human-lion conflict, (iv) initiating dialogue that will lead to the development of conservation and land use plans that will facilitate coexistence. A second grant was issued to help SORALO strengthen community governance and management over natural resources and to develop conservation management plans for community lands. A third grant was issued in 2020 to provide emergency support to SORALO who are experiencing severe budget shortages as a result of the COVID-crisis.