Peter Rengesa Lalampaa
2021

Peter Rengesa Lalampaa

Conservationist

Campaigning for wildlife and community

meet peter

The son of pastoralist Kinempe Lalampaa and Noomungen Lalampaa, Peter had the privilege of being raised in a humble background of pastoralism in Samburu, Kenya, where the main stay is dependence on livestock. During these herding activities, Peter connected with nature and decided to pursue a career in conservation. He convinced his parents to allow him to attend school to achieve a degree in environmental science at Kenyatta university. He joined Grevy’s Zebra Trust thereafter and received a Masters with University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology.

Campaigning for wildlife and community
Nominated by: Joe Rohde FN'10
Class of 2021 Location Kenya
Radio training for rangers
Radio training for rangers Author: Peter Lalampaa

My initial role with Grevy’s Zebra Trust was training field staff including scouts, ambassadors, and warriors. The data that they collected informed conservation action for the endangered Grevy’s zebra in northern Kenya. I was able to drive community campaigns to create awareness on wildlife plight and healthy biodiversity.

I have led community training for optimum rangeland management practices and have connected that to Indigenous wisdom. We have been able to restore over 1000 hectares of degraded areas at a learning site that can sustain over 560 herds of cattle for four months.

I have closely worked with Save the Elephant, Ewaso Lion, and Kenya Wildlife Service to build synergy for their work as well strengthening collaboration for effective resource utilization. Worldwide, I have been instrumental in shaping Grevy’s zebra national conservation strategy.

“We live in a region that is filled with breathtaking scenic beauty and different ethnic groups and a mosaic of cultures and traditions.”

- Peter Rengesa Lalampaa

Grevy’s Zebra Trust employs 90% of employees from the local communities that host Grevy’s zebra. Women are in the forefront, monitoring Grevy’s zebra, working as scouts. These scouts engage community members and create awareness on the plight of wildlife.

We live in a region that is filled with breathtaking scenic beauty and different ethnic groups with a mosaic of cultures and traditions. My hope is that the future will bring healthy rangeland with lots of perennial grasses, a working water cycle, diversity of wildlife, a healthy Grevy’s zebra population, and a balanced ecosystem that supports community livelihood.

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