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Biliqo-Bulesa Community Conservancy
Conservation Area
Community Conservancy
210 km north east from Isiolo, Kenya
1.0399111, 38.4429222


Biliqo-Bulesa Community Conservancy came to existence in 2007 as community based organization, being the first conservancy established in Isiolo County, Kenya. It was formed by combining communcal lands from two locations, Biliqo and Bulesa, within the Merti Sub County and covers a total of 327,600 ha. 

Biliqo-Bulesa was a springboard for other communities in Boranaland to initiate conservation. The Conservancy earned the status of Not-for-Profit Company in 2015. It is governed by an elected Board of community representatives which is in charge of overseeing employees and guidance on strategic direction for the Conservancy.


The entire conservancy land was communally owned (now registered as NPO) where herders comply with the blended Dedha system of grazing, with holistic management practices to enhance continued growth of fresh pastures to support about 70,000 livestock and over 1000 wild animals as well as to improve the living standard for over 10,000 local residents. The area is well known for the good quality of indigenous Borana cattle.

Biliqo-Bulesa is important for peace building and security within the entire region, and played a key role in breaking the cycle of raids and counter raids by different ethnic groups. With its large areas of grassland, and being bordered by the Melako Conservancy and Sera Conservancy, Biliqo-Bulesa is critical habitat for wildlife species such as elephant, oryx, giraffe, gerenuk, lion, cheetah, wild dog, and buffalo.


Conservation & Community Highlights:

  1. We are protecting endangered species like elephant which also remain our flagship species.
  2. We are implementing a traditional mode of grazing blended with holistic management practices to restore healthy rangeland.
  3. We are preserving and protecting wildlife species including lion, leopard, buffalo and giraffe among many other species.
  4. We ensure peace and tranquillity to exist among the pastoralist communities.
  5. We are planting trees in schools.


Future Aims:

  1. We wish to establish collaborations with tourism networks to increase conservancy revenue.
  2. We wish to expand bursary opportunities to needy students for 550 to 1200 students per year.
  3. We wish to dig two boreholes to ensure herders in Omar will access water without tracking for long distance.
  4. We wish to establish an outpost at Kismittir to safeguard and preserve wildlife especially elephants which live outside the conservancy.
  5. We wish to errect fencing in settlement areas to mitigate an increased trend of elephant human-wildlife-conflict.


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