It just keeps on getting better at the Ranch with three new lion cubs sighted this month. Our guests were fortunate enough to witness these playful and inquisitive cubs, as well as have the unique privilege to name them. Therefore we are proud to announce the arrival of Enzo, Babi and Nala to the Conservancy. We shall determine the sex of the cubs in the weeks ahead and let you know.
Three 19-month old lions currently on the Conservancy have progressed out of their childhood and are today practicing their hunting skills at the dam most afternoons. Unfortunately, Duffus the male lion has been ruining the hunts; much to the entertainment of our clients and to the disappointment of his two sisters.
This past weekend, Craig Sholley and John Butler, both from the African Wildlife Foundation’s Washington offices, visited the Conservancy for 4 nights. They collected footage for AWF’s 50th anniversary which will include a piece on the importance of Manyara Ranch Conservancy and the cooperation with nearby National Parks. We also had guests in camp and so they obtained some good footage of our tented camp camp, the environment and wildlife in the area. One particularly good scene was a family herd of elephant crossing over the open plains from Tarangire just before sunset which I have included below as I think they are rather good.
During the stay, we had visits from the Tanzania AWF and TLCT management who were also interviewed for the film, not to mention the Park wardens of Tarangire and Manyara National Parks between which the Conservancy is situated and therefore positively impacts both areas.
We look forward to seeing the final film which should be released later this year.
The pioneering Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT) is an initiative led by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), in response to the potential threat of the Manyara Ranch privatization in 1998.
AWF led the process where a task force chaired by Monduli District Commissioner was encouraged to develop land conservation trust that would be used to acquire and manage the ranch.
Today, the TLCT board is made up from the following members allowing for a diversity of ideas to flow through.
AWF (African Wildlife Foundation)
TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks)
Tanzania’s Wildlife Department
Monduli District Council
UNDP – GEF (Global Environment Fund)
WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)
The local community
The object of the trust is to promote the nature preservation and conservation and economic activities compatible with conservation for the benefit and trust of present and future generations throughout Tanzania. The trust also aims to support local community development. A local steering committee, whose memberships include representatives of the local community, serves as an advisory board and effectively links the community with the ranch management.
Today, despite many challenges, the Trust has produced several positive results including: averting cultivation and fencing off of the Manyara Ranch area, extensive and progressive community consultation, improved security of the corridor and consequently an increase in wildlife numbers, improved services for communities services, which includes a new school and support to their livestock production activities, and lastly, great interest in the new Manyara Ranch Conservancy tourism enterprise.
Steven Kiruswa of the AWF, presents the essence of AWF and the TLCT’s work on Manyara Ranch. The video highlights the Manyara Ranch School which visitors may find an interesting place to visit during their stay on the Conservancy.