In the year 2000 some of the local leaders became concerned about levels of mismanagement in the Mara Triangle, the North Western section of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. As a result the Mara Conservancy, a not-for-profit management company, was established to manage the Triangle on behalf of Trans-Mara County Council.
A five-year management agreement was signed on the 25th May 2001 and the Mara Conservancy started operations in the Mara Triangle on the 12th June. This created the first public/private sector partnership of its kind in the region and has led to an active and cooperative partnership between conservation professionals and the local Maasai community. It has also introduced an initiative to improve the conservation and overall management of one of the most visited and well known protected areas in the world.
The Mara Conservancy plays an active role in initiating and encouraging conservation efforts within the Maasai Mara National Reserve. A list of our ongoing achievements and goals include among others:
A clamp down on poaching in the Mara Triangle and the surrounding area.
Improving infrastructure by grading a network of roads within the Triangle, as well as access roads to camps and lodges outside of the Triangle.
Maintain a network of secondary roads and tracks to improve wildlife viewing.
Restore existing ranger stations and install renewable energy and water harvesting systems.
Establish a transparent and modern (IT based) revenue collection systems.
Strengthen relationships between the Reserve and the surrounding areas by encouraging community projects and reward schemes for co-habiting with wildlife.
Encourage sound eco-tourism principles among camps and lodges.
Mara Conservancy's Mission
Working with local leaders, communities, and tourism partners, the Mara Conservancy uses effective and efficient management methods that enhance the economical value of conservation to better protect the Mara Triangle and its surrounding ecosystem. Read more...
Our Agreement with the Council
The Mara Conservancy is a not-for-profit organisation made up of concerned, conservation minded individuals. The Board of Directors is made up of members representing the central and local government, the Maasai people, and others providing relevant technical skills, particularly in the areas of Protected Area Management, Ecology and Wildlife Management, and Financial Management and Tourism. Read more...
Before the Mara Conservancy
By the end of the 1990s the infrastructure, equipment and roads in the Mara Triangle were absent or decayed. There were no operational vehicles, staff morale was extremely low, revenue was not being efficiently collected and poaching was out of control. The buildings situated at the Head Quarters at Iseiya, Oloololo Gate, and outposts of Purungat Bridge and Ngiro-Are had all the doors, windows and ceilings broken or collapsed. There was no running water nor functioning sanitation. Read more...
How Park Fees are Distributed
What we do : our Work & Projects
Anti-Poaching & De-Snaring Patrols
Anti-Animal Harassment Department
Cattle Compensation Scheme
Canine Distemper & Rabies Vaccinations
Tracker Dog Unit
Maasai Mara Management Plan
Mara triangle maasai villages association
Cooperative or Membership Association, Not For Profit