The Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary plays a significant role in Kenya’s conservation effort. It works to protect and breed endangered wildlife species with projects which also focus on restoring and protecting the natural habitat. There is also a keen effort to ensure the prudent management of the human-wildlife conflict to allow both the preservation of wildlife and thriving of human communities.
The Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1995 from the vision of Hans and June Zwager and later joined by their son Peter Zwager. The realization that the human-wildlife conflict posed a real and present danger to wildlife conservation efforts inspired the Zwager family to seek a way in which they could contribute in mitigation of the crisis for the benefit of both the wildlife conservation efforts and the local communities. At the heart of the Zwager’s philosophy was the need to lay the foundation to sustain the Sanctuary for future generations. With this in mind, the sanctuary was recreated as an independent charity in 2012.
The Naivasha area was originally well populated with a large variety of wild animals. Local folklore and scientific evidence show that earlier in the 20th Century, it was teeming with a multiplicity of large herbivores including rhino, buffalo, elephants, elands, waterbucks and gerenuks. Carnivores such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and African wild dogs were also common features in the area. The population of wildlife in the area has since been reduced drastically or even decimated due to human encroachment of areas which were previously the domain of the rich diversity of wildlife.
The mandate of the Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary is to successfully re-establish these animals back into their original habitats and region. With this comes the need for sustained efforts to prevent the wildlife in the region from infringing upon the rapidly growing human settlements and vice versa. The successful development of communities and businesses in the region and their safe and successful coexistence with the wildlife in the Sanctuary and its adjoining wildlife corridors is ample evidence that with proper planning and implementation, conservation works.