Who We Are
Take a Trip Through the Years
1983 and 1984: Anna Merz and Ian Craig convince the Craig family to set aside and fence off 5,000 acres of their cattle ranch to establish the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary. The sanctuary receives its first rhino, a black male known as Godot
1988: Ngare Sergoi is doubled in size to 10,000 acres. The sanctuary welcomes its first rhino birth, the calf is named Juniper
1995: The entire Lewa Downs is fenced off and Ngare Sergoi is re-established as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
1999: First in-depth analysis of the critically endangered Grevy's zebra is carried out and a conservation programme is initiated using annual game counts dating as back as 1977. The Grevy's zebra is introduced as Lewa's second flagship species after the black rhino
2000: The first marathon is held on Lewa, attracting 200 participants.
19 Lewa rangers are accorded the Kenya Police Reservist status by the government
2002 and 2003: Eight white rhino, one black rhino, 20 Grevy's zebras, 504 plains zebras, 412 impala and 51 reticulated giraffes are moved to Meru National Park to restock wildlife in the area.
The women's micro-credit programme is launched, and Lewa's first water project is launched at the Subuiga area.
2004: The Northern Rangelands Trust, with its headquarters based on Lewa, is born to support community conservation in northern Kenya. The NRT community conservancies emulate Lewa's successful model
2005: Lewa celebrates the birth of the 100th rhino on the Conservancy, the calf is named Mia.
The Conservancy facilitates the moving of four white rhinos from Solio Game Reserve to Uganda in a 38-hour truck safari
2006: Over 630 Grevy's zebras are vaccinated against anthrax on Lewa and other NRT areas in the first ever Grevy's zebra vaccination in Kenya. The operation is carried out jointly with the Kenya Wildlife Service
2009: Mzee David Craig, one of Lewa's founders passes away.
The Conservancy loses its first rhino to poachers
2010 and 2011: Construction of the first elephant underpass in the country is completed along the Nanyuki-Isiolo highway linking Mount Kenya, Ngare Ndare Forest and Lewa. Tony, an elephant bull, makes history for his species by being the first elephant to use the underpass on the 1st of January, 2011
Lewa commences the purchase of the land the Conservancy sits on from the Craig family in a project dubbed "Lewa Milele." The Milele project's goal is to ensure the perpetuity of Lewa's work for generations
2013: UNESCO extends the boundaries of the Mount Kenya World Heritage to include Lewa and Ngare Ndare Forest.
11 black rhinos are moved from Lewa to the neighbouring Borana Conservancy to establish a founding population.
Anna Merz, one of Lewa's founders dies in South Africa at 82.