Who We Are
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy's Management Team
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Board Members as at January, 2017
Michael Joseph - Chairman
Mike Watson - Chief Executive Officer
Mbuvi Ngunze - Vice Chairman
Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Dr. Julius Kipng'etich
Prof. Patricia K. Mbote
Deborah Gage (representing Lewa overseas)
Charles Oluchina (representing The Nature Conservancy)
Ian Craig has had a long and amazing journey in wildlife conservation. With the start of Ngare Sergoi in 1983, he, along with Anna and his father David took the reins in running the sanctuary, carving out practises that would ensure the rhinos' safety and habitat protection.
Ngare Sergoi thrived and was later reinvented as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 1995, with Ian assuming the role of the Executive Director until 2009. Ian spearheaded the formation of the Northern Rangelands Trust, an umbrella body that supports community conservancies in northern Kenya. He also continues to play his role as Lewa's Strategic Adviser.
The Late Anna Merz: 1931 - 2013
Fearless, with a spine of steel and wicked sense of humour. This vivid description is what easily comes to mind when one thinks of the late Anna Merz. Many also remember her tenacity which led to the bold move to venture into rhino conservation when few would. Anna approached the Craig family in the early 1980s to help establish a rhino sanctuary on their cattle ranch in northern Kenya, at a time when the black rhino population was facing the brink of extinction.
Anna's vision and love for the rhino saw the birth of the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary and she is now widely recognized for her efforts to save the species from extinction.
On the 4th of April, 2013, Anna passed away at a South African hospital. She was 83 at the time of her death. Lewa’s mama Kifaru – Swahili for mother of the rhino as she is fondly remembered – leaves behind a lasting legacy of a conservationist whose love and passion for wildlife has inspired people around the world.
The Late Mzee David Craig: 1924 - 2009
There are few people on this earth who will leave such a lasting legacy. Here on the Lewa Conservancy, all of us are acutely aware of the critical role he played in transforming Lewa into what it has become, the leading model for wildlife conservation on private land in eastern Africa.
Mzee’s role in that transformation is all too often underplayed. Of all those with responsibility for land in this part of Africa, he recognised, far more than most, that the future of our wildlife and wild lands depends on commitment to both conservation, and the direct benefits conservation can and does generate for communities.