It is estimated that only 8’000 Beisa Oryx individuals remain in the wild. Habitat destruction, hunting and competition with livestock for pasture has threatened the future of this antelope. In the Nakuprat-Gotu Community Conservancy in northern Kenya, the species is constantly threatened as local pastoralists supplement livestock income with hunted bush meat to buffer against the consequences of unpredictable rainfall.
- Continue previous conservation efforts by focusing them on sustainable land management:
- Provide alternative revenue for hunters;
- Reduce subsistence poaching and habitat destruction, as well as reduce charcoal burning;
- Raise awareness of the Beisa Oryx conservation efforts by explaining their importance to the local community.
- Engage the local community by holding board meetings, focus group discussions and awareness session in schools;
- Conduct a baseline mapping exercise that will illustrate Beisa oryx habitats, grazing patterns and threats to their growth, as well as establish the current oryx population;
- Support 20 Oryx monitoring rangers to collect data and monitor wildlife;
- Elect village-based committees to address habitat destruction and degradation:
- Set up a vocational training model to support more sustainable enterprise by training 90 men and 90 women on varied skills then issue them with equipment to start their business.
This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.