Habitat & Ecosystem

Habitat & Ecosystem

Habitat and Ecosystem sustainability

Typically, it is human mismanagement that is the greatest cause of habitat degradation. Ol Jogi is in an area of marginal rainfall (averaging 450mm per year) and for the most part of the last century, the land that is now Ol Jogi had been utilised for marginal cattle production.

In recent decades, wildlife numbers have also increased in Ol Jogi for two main reasons; that our habitat is better than other areas of worse circumstance and that we provide security for wildlife. To ensure that habitat is not affected negatively now and for the future, Ol Jogi is taking measures in order to avoid degradation of the land. Ol Jogi is in the process of restoring areas of poor vegetative diversity to that considered to be optimum; ecological biodiversity will follow as a matter of course.

This restoration and preservation is being achieved by a number of management techniques:


Water Management:

Maintenance of 55 dams varying in size from over 45 acres to small ponds.
Collection of rain water at all key buildings, including staff camps, workshops, stores etc.
Graded ditched roads to provide contoured run off into dams and prevent further soil erosion.
Boreholed water and an extensive water trough system for wildlife in Pyramid Game Reserve.

Holistic Cattle Management cohabitation with Wildlife:

Sixteen Game Corridors for Wildlife.
Supporting over 1,300 Community Cattle to graze on Ol Jogi.
Improvement to rangelands by ‘greening up’ degraded land and rehabilitating eroded land.
Method of regeneration leads to broader population of suitable grass species, a more fertile soil and improved water retention.
Mobile cattle enclosures or ‘boma’s’.
Mobile spray race.
Controlled treatment and correct disposal of cattle DIP chemicals.

Adoption of ‘green processes’:

Solar power to heat water.
Wind and solar generation powered VHF radio repeaters.
Solar power to fencing system.
NEMA audit undertaken annually.
Bio-control and hand removal of alien plant species.
Holistic cattle management.