Ross and Caroline Withey

Ross and Caroline Withey are both conservationists committed to ensuring their neighbouring communities benefit from their environment. Both 3rd generation Kenyans, they have over 24 years experience in the tourism industry and 6 years working directly with community members at Samatian Island Lodge on Lake Baringo.

Pokot Leaders

Wilson Mogomoi—Asst. Chief, Komolion
John Mukutani—Assistant Chief, Kechii

Njemps Leaders

Stanley Lemukut - Vice Chairman
Wilson Longomo - Sub-Chief Komolion Sub-Location

Ruko Wildlife Scouts

Charles Lekatai- Searra 1
Kipsinen Lokwao- Searra 2
Peter Lebene- Searra 3
Akeno Wakak- scout
Lopeyok Mukutani- scout
Loulemu Charles- scout
Musa Napeleny- scout
Henry Lesiita- scout
Renson Lechuta- scout
Nicksone Lenaso- Boat driver
Maryline Loryet- Radio operator
Rose Kateiya- Radio operator

Board Members

(An Office Bearer’s position is renewed after a period of three years)

Office bearers from the year 2007-2010

Richard Kipturu Lotuliapus -Chairman
Dominic Olekateiya - Treasurer
John Mukutani                    -Sub-Chief Kechii, sub-location
John Lemukut                      -Rugus location Chief
Michael Kakerel                  -member
Benjamin Lecher                  -member
Thomas Lolpisia                   -member
Jeremiah Sapan                   -member
Laban Losikar                        -member
Nolorok Lesautet                 -member
Nairuko Lemiraa                  -member
James Tikapel                       -member
Paulina Akeno                      -member
Jonathan Lolpisia                 -member
Charles Lemin                      -member
Wilson Lekatai                     -member
Angelina Longomo              -member
William Lekasuisui               -member

Ian Craig

Executive Director of NRT and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, is a leading figure in conservation in Kenya. A pioneer in community conservation development across northern Kenya, he played a key role in the establish of the first community run eco-lodge in Kenya over 12 years ago

I dipped my hand in the tea coloured spray of Lake Baringo, while absent-mindedly scanning the distant hills.  I wasn’t really concerned about crocodile – the speed boat was cruising at a steady 15 knots and although capable of surprising bursts of speed in water – up to 35km/per/hour– I knew even the swiftest crocodile wouldn’t be able to keep up. However, when the boat idled momentarily as we neared Longichoro Island on the eastern shores of Lake Baringo, I hastily withdrew my hand.  A huge croc basked statue-still, molded to a warm boulder the same mottled shade of colour as itself.  While another slipped into the reed beds close by; the ossified scutes of its dinosaur like tail marking a sinuous trail through the water
However, other than crocodile and hippo, I hadn’t seen any wildlife to speak of.  I look forward to returning to Lake Baringo in the not too distant future hopefully to see a ‘tower’ of Rothschild giraffe as well as other antelope roaming safely, protected by the scouts recently recruited by the RCWT.
On our way over to visit Longichoro Island, a wire-tailed swallow dipped its wing in the lapis water rippling the surface like a fishnet stocking.  (This is the core conservation area made up of Njemps and Pokot land).  I had never seen the lake so blue.  Damsel flies with transparent wings outlined in green and black danced over the water, a sign that the lake is healthy. Due to exceptionally heavy rains in the Lake Baringo catchment area, the lake has risen more than a meter in the last twelve months; it hasn’t been this high since 1963.  Not only does the lake look healthier, heavy rainfall has diluted the build up of sedimentation, and the vegetation around the lake is rejuvenating. Does this also mean that the wildlife will benefit and numbers increase?  STORM STANLEY 08