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Waterhole Restoration Project


The Waterhole Restoration Project is working to restore:  

Natural waterholes that serve wildlife and livestock on the Merrueshi Group Ranch. The ranch is an important wildlife corridor between Chulu and Amboseli National Parks and a critical area for hundreds of wildebeest, zebra, eland, antelopes, elephants, and Maasai giraffe that depend on abundant acacia trees along Kiboko River.

Critical threats to wildlife:

  • Excessive vegetation growth in the waterholes

  • Human/wildlife conflict over shared wildlife corridors

  • Long fences erected in wildlife corridors

24 waterholes have been restored since 2007, with 4 more to be completed in 2012. The goal: keep rainwater in the waterholes for up to 6 months.

600 primary and secondary students have been reached through the Maasai Environmental Conservation Awareness Program. The goal is to reach 1,200 by 2012.

Kakuta Ole Hamisi

Kakuta Ole Hamisi is a Maasai Junior Elder and the founder of the Maasai Association which conducts the Waterhole Restoration Project. For the past several years, Kakuta has also been a cultural interpreter at Woodland Park Zoo, educating visitors about the Maasai culture, savanna habitats and wildlife.

Reliable waterholes are vital to the survival of African wildlife, such as this baby elephant.


Available water is also critical for the lives of the people who share the savanna with wildlife. The Maasai of Kenya are traditional cattle herders who depend on water for their livelihood.