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Google Meets Northern Kenya's Elephants

September 15, 2015

For the first time in Kenya, Google has launched its Street View technology in one of a kind partnership with Lewa, Save The Elephants (STE) and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) to raise global consciousness around elephants. The Street View technology will provide panoramic views of individual elephants, their landscapes as well as other wildlife that benefit from large-scale conservation efforts across Lewa, Samburu and the DWST elephant orphanage. 

Fall in love with elephants
Featuring stunning images and stories of individual elephants, their families and more, it is Google's and all the partners' hope that people across the world will love to meet these iconic animals on Street View, and share in the desire to take action in protecting them. And the Street View imagery goes further than that - it also shows the innovative elephant underpass built along the Mount Kenya elephant corridor.

This underpass, the only one in the country, links the forest ecosystem of Mount Kenya with the savannah ecosystems of Lewa and Samburu plains further north. This has led to the opening up of the traditional migration route connecting at least 2,000 of the African elephants of Mount Kenya to over 6,500 in the Samburu plains. This connectivity had previously been blocked by human development.  

Take a virtual tour of Lewa, the marathon route and headquarters

Also featuring prominently in the imagery are Lewa's stunning landscapes, the marathon route and wildlife such as the Grevy's zebra, rhino and more. Additionally, there is capture of our command room, the communications hub that is crucial in facilitating Lewa and the Northern Rangelands Trust conservation efforts in northern Kenya. 

If you want to experience Lewa from your desktop or your phone, click here. It is literally the most exciting virtual tour of the Conservancy! 
If you're planning on running the marathon, you can now take a trip round the course beforehand! Click here to view.