The Laikipia Nature Conservancy is managed by the Gallmann Memorial Foundation known as Ol ari Nyiro in West Laikipia, Northern Kenya. It was created by Kuki Gallmann to honour the memory of Paolo Gallmann and Emanuele Pirri-Gallmann -her husband and son- who both died tragically in Africa, and are buried in Ol ari Nyiro. The 365-sq-km nature Conservancy is on the edge of the Great Rift Valley and provides an important sanctuary for wildlife and is a favoured breeding ground for elephants, which migrate from other areas to give birth there.
ASA was approached by the Gallmann foundation in 2021 and asked if we could assist with the supply and integration of a tracker dog to enhance their current security strategies. We are please to announce with the help of the Big Cat Sanctuary in April 2022 we were able to donate a seven month old Bloodhound named 'Raymond' to the conservancy. Following on from his arrival ASA Chief trainer Daryll Pleasants flew out to conduct tracker handler training which lasted ten days. The training visit was a great success with Raymond showing significant advances in his training and handlers understanding both the principles of handling and tracking. Further training visits are planned for this year and ASA is looking forward to seeing an operational tracker team assisting the conservancy in the near future. Further updates will be released shortly.