The word ‘Maasai Mara’ instantly brings two images in our mind - the great Maasai tribe and the Great Migration.

Both are true and if you are lucky, you can experience both. But Maasai Mara has a lot more to offer in its rich biodiversity. Its diverse and beautiful landscape including the savannas are home to 25% of Kenya’s wildlife. It hosts more than 95 mammal species besides being a recognized Important Bird Area (IBA) with 550 bird species.

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Greater Mara Ecosystem

The Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem of Kenya and Tanzania is one of the last major wildlife refuges on earth, containing 40% of Africa’s remaining larger mammals, and is home to the famous wildebeest migration. It is also home to the Maasai people – traditional pastoralists with a proud, strong culture. The Kenya portion of this ecosystem consisting of the Maasai Mara and its surrounding Conservancies and protected conservation areas is referred to as the Greater Mara Ecosystem.

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Mara Conservation

The goals for conservation and its subsequent success in the Greater Mara Ecosystem directly depends on how community members and landowners understand and appreciate the role of animals including predators and other large mammals like Elephants in the ecosystem. By combining science and community engagement of key stakeholders, MMWCA’s Mission - ‘conserving the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem for the prosperity of all: biodiversity and wildlife, the regional Maasai population, recreation and tourism for the nation of Kenya’ can become a success story.

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Enonkishu Conservancy

There are at present 15 conservancies, where land owned by indigenous people grouped together to form a space for wildlife conservation & eco-tourism. One such beautiful conservancy in the northern edge of the Greater Mara Ecosystem is Enonkishu where mankind and the wild coexist in a harmonious blend. Enonkishu means ‘cattle’ in the Maa (Maasai) language. Created in 2009, this once extensively farmed and grazed land, is now transformed to a model of Sustainable Conservation and Community Development.