Mara North Conservancy was founded in 2009 through the efforts of 12 key strong member accommodations and over 800 locals who own the land. It is the largest conservancy in the Masai Mara national reserve, with a total land area of 69,160 acres. It is located in the northern part of the Masai Mara, bordering the reserve. It forms the greater Mara ecosystem in the northwestern zone, the home for the Leopards, also known as Leopard Gorge, or the maternity center for the big cats, because the hills provide a good cool and safe environment for the young ones, who will be hidden in the caves of the hills, trained, and then released into the wilderness. The conservancy also hosts both migratory wild life and permanent residents that includes: Antelopes, Zebras, Wildebeest, Hyenas, Wild dogs mention but a few. In December to May Mara North Conservancy receives thousands and thousands of the local wildebeest during the Loita Hills migration.