Who We Are
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. It does this through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighbouring areas in the value of wildlife. For local communities, Lewa represents much more than the wildlife it protects.
To the people who neighbour the Conservancy, Lewa provides the chance to maintain their traditional way of life in a modern and sustainable context through progressive grazing and forestry initiatives. To families living on its boundaries, Lewa offers improved livelihoods with its adult education and women’s micro-credit programmes, community-managed water projects, and access to health care at its four health clinics. To thousands of children in local schools, Lewa opens doors to a future with more choices than the generations before them.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS
In June 2013, UNESCO extended the boundaries of the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site to include Lewa and Ngare Ndare Forest. The three areas are connected by the pioneering elephant corridor that has helped reconnect the ecosystems of Mount Kenya with the lower altitude areas of Ngare Ndare and Lewa. This designation placed Lewa on the world's platform amongst other internationally renowned natural and cultural treasures.
IUCN GREEN LIST
Lewa is one of only two properties in Africa to feature on the first Green List honour by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN Green List is generally considered as the first global standard for protected natural and conservation sites.
The Conservancy has been particularly recognised for its excellence in wildlife conservation as well as its numerous community development programmes in education, health, women and youth empowerment that have transformed thousands of lives. Read more...
SILVER AWARD - BEST IN POVERTY REDUCTION
Lewa's efforts to improve the lives of thousands of its neighbours through tangible benefits such as provision of educational opportunities, healthcare, micro-enterprise and accessibility to safe and clean water earned it accolades and a silver award from the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2014.
The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 to celebrate and inspire change in the tourism industry. The Awards rest on a simple principle – that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people.
RUNNER UP- BEST CONSERVATION ORGANISATION
Lewa was awarded the runner up position in wildlife conservation by the Safari Awards in November, 2014.
Finalists in the Safari Awards are amongst the top not just in Africa but worldwide, and the Safari Award Winners are unquestionably the best, their reputation earned through excellence recognised by independent industry experts. Nominations are received from over a thousand luxury travel professionals, hundreds of readers of Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, Brides and Travel Africa Magazine.
Anti-poaching rangers reunite lost elephant calf with its mother
This Tuesday, rangers were informed that a very young elephant calf had wandered off and lost its mother and herd. The Anti-Poaching Team quickly went to the calf's rescue - the herd was over 2 kilometres away when they arrived.
The rangers carefully steered and walked the young calf towards its family until it was very close, and its mother came straight over and took him back! If the calf had not been reunited with its family, its chances of survival would have been very slim. A pride of over 10 lions was on its trail, hoping to have a chance to hunt it down.
This week, we will be sharing some stories of how our Anti-Poaching Team is helping protect elephant in northern Kenya, a population of close to 6,500 animals. Remember, every elephant life counts!
Elephant with gunshot wound makes full recovery
In early 2013, Lewa rangers noticed a young male elephant, estimated to be about 15 years old, limping as a result of a leg injury. The elephant had moved into Lewa through our northern gap a few days before, and its health had rapidly began to deteriorate. Lewa's mobile vet unit was quickly alerted, and Dr. Mutinda, our resident Kenya Wildlife Service vet, treated the young bull. He had been shot in the leg by poachers, but luckily managed to survive the attack.
We are happy to report that post treatment monitoring indicates that the young chap made a full recovery!
"With the population of the African elephant rapidly declining, every individual animal counts in ensuring the survival of the species." Dr. Matthew Mutinda.
Abandoned elephant calf is rescued
Last year, the vet team received a message from the neighbouring Marania Farm that an elephant calf had strayed into their property. The male calf was barely a year old, most likely left abandoned after its mother was killed by poachers.
To ensure the young elephant’s safety, a team from Lewa spearheaded a rescue operation that also included teams from the Kenya Wildlife Service, Marania farm and Mount Kenya Trust. The calf was moved to Lewa and later airlifted to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage in Nairobi. The young calf arrived safely and is reported to be doing well, much to our delight.
Poaching not only leads to the death of individual animals - other detrimental consequences include orphaned wildlife as well as disintegrated family structures as observed in affected elephant herds.
The survival of Africa’s wildlife is on the wire:
But we still have time to change this course of destruction.
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For the rest of the world - please email Ruwaydah.Abdul@lewa.org.
Lewa and its partners in northern Kenya have found a way – and we invite you to be a part of each step we take to create safe, flourishing wild places in partnership with the communities that maintain them. Over the coming months we will offer you ways to make an investment in this future for northern Kenya's wildlife and its people.
Why does this matter?
With elephant numbers declining dramatically, every animal is vital.
Elephant are also a beacon of what is working in a rangeland; their presence indicates availability of resources such as forage and water, as well as adequate security for wildlife to survive.
Be part of Lewa's landscape level efforts to protect the beloved elephant. Thank you!