Wildlife at Sosian – Enjoy beautiful Laikipia Wildlife!
Get up close and personal with the Laikipia Wildlife. With 70 species of mammal, over 30 species of reptile and over 300 species of birds, Sosian has an exceptional scope for viewing wildlife.To the north of Sosian are open grassy plains which are home to game such as Oryx, Grant’s Gazelle, Ostrich and Cheetah.
The southern end of the ranch has thicker bush full of acacia woodland, which is home to several elephant herds, buffalo, reticulated giraffe, wild dog, lion and leopard.
Sosian is fortunate enough to have the beautiful Ewaso Narok River passing through the ranch, which is lined with stunning Yellow Fever Acacia trees and has some spectacular waterfalls.
This provides a lifeline for much of the wildlife in this area, particularly in the dry season.
Hippos are a common sighting on the river, and the birdlife is spectacular.
LAIKIPIA PREDATOR PROJECT
We work closely with the Laikipia Predator Project on our neighbouring Mpala ranch and certain members of our lion prides and pack of African Wild dogs are fitted with a radio tracking collar. We track the lions and wild dogs using telemetry and help the project by giving them information of sightings, changes in behaviour, births, mortalities and fights or merging between packs of wild dogs.
Sosian is becoming known for its wild dog sightings, which are not guaranteed as the packs have big territories, but our sightings are frequent, and up close, both from a vehicle and on foot. Wild Dogs were near to extinction in the early 1990’s and are still the second most rare predator in the world.
CONSERVATION AND ECOSYSTEMS
Sosian covers 24,000 acres of very diverse ecosystems on the Laikipia plateau. Laikipia lies in central Kenya, bordered by the Rift Valley to the west, the Aberdares Range to the south and Mount Kenya to the southeast. Laikipia is at the forefront of conservation in East Africa. Due to mounting game awareness on many of the ranches, the population of large mammals is increasing as a whole.
The density of the wildlife population in Laikipia ranks second only to the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the area supports more endangered mammals than anywhere else in East Africa. Rare species in the area include the endemic Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra (80% of the population is found in Laikipia), and reticulated giraffe. Laikipia also boasts the second highest population of elephant in Kenya with around 6000 resident in the area, of which several hundred can be seen on Sosian at one time.
After being exterminated from Laikipia in the early 1900s, endangered wild dog returned in 2000 and five years later, there were over 150 living in the Laikipia and Samburu areas. We now have a resident pack of Wild Dogs on Sosian who roam between 3 ranches in the area and whom we monitor closely.
LAIKIPIA WILDLIFE FORUM
Sosian is a member of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF), working to protect Laikipia’s wildlife through sustainable land use such as tourism. The ranch has encouraged the return of wild game to the area by removing all fences to allow wildlife to move freely through the ranch and by providing security teams who patrol and prevent poaching.
As the Laikipia Wildlife Forum points out, “Laikipia’s biodiversity is globally unique, yet remarkably Laikipia is not a protected area and its wildlife is entirely sustained by private landowners.”