RUKO Two Tribes One Belief
Conservation for Peace
A unique allegiance has been formed on the shores of Lake Baringo within Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The indigenous tribes of the Pokot and Njemps (Il Chamus) have laid down their years of tribal difficulties in the hope of bringing peace and prosperity to their land, wildlife and people.
Ruko Community Wildlife Trust is a Ramsar site, having been recognized internationally as a vitally important freshwater wetland that embraces a diverse 19,000 acre conservancy on the eastern shore of Lake Baringo, encompassing the Njemps area of Rugus and the Pokot area of Komolion. Hidden within the east of this conservancy is the Ruko HQ and to the west is Longichoro, Ruko’s secluded wildlife sanctuary.
The passionate team behind Ruko includes a united Community Conservancy Board who employs a network of 10 local community scouts, 2 radio-operators, a full-time ground manager and an accountant all made-up of exactly half Pokot and half Njemps. Ruko is comprised of land which has been turned into a conservancy area under the ownership and jurisdiction of the Pokot and the Njemps communities.