Conservation Education Programme
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is committed to supporting community conservation and education of neighbouring areas in the value of wildlife. One of the main projects being undertaken is the Conservation Education Programme (CEP) that was established in 2010 with the aim of providing a holistic, cutting-edge conservation and environmental education for visiting school groups. The CEP is directed towards Kenyan students from northern Kenya and beyond. Its aim is to introduce and promote behaviour change in conservation and create environmental awareness especially to the younger generation of Kenyans. This goal is achieved through:
1. Game Drives
Game drives offers a field learning experience aimed at expanding the student’s knowledge on the importance of wildlife and environment conservation therefore creating appreciation of the diversity of plants and animals in nature as well as the way they relate with the abiotic environment.
2. Visit to the Conservation Education Centre
The Conservation Education Centre is aimed at giving students hands on experience on solutions to environmental challenges through interactive exhibits in three areas: the presentation, exploration and computer rooms.
In the computer room, visitors get an opportunity to play conservation games such as "Leaping Lemur" licenced by Earth Rangers. To play over 25 free online games like this, please visit Earth Rangers' games page.
3. Outreach Programme to Lewa-Supported Schools
The Conservation Education Coordinator visits all the Lewa-supported schools from time to time to assist them in initiating environmental activities as well as implementing the environmental curriculum in schools. This is done through lectures, demonstrations and PowerPoint presentations.
Earth Rangers is a national award-winning charitable organization located in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada that partners with children to Bring Back the Wild!TM
Building on children’s natural connection to wildlife, Earth Rangers’ focus is to communicate to children a positive science – based message about the importance of protecting biodiversity and adopting more sustainable behaviors.
Through programs including a children’s website - earthrangers.com, a permanent studio at the Royal Ontario Museum, and a national Education Outreach Program featuring their live Animal Ambassadors, Earth Rangers is able to reach, inspire and engage millions of children each year to take action to help ensure the lasting survival of species in Canada.
Denver Zoo is located in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. Our zoo is home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA accreditation assures the highest standards of animal care. Our mission, “Secure a Better World for Animals through Human Understanding” drives our education and conservation work, at home and around the world.
Denver Zoo strategically supports holistic conservation projects in areas of great conservation need. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in 577 conservation projects in 58 countries on all seven continents. In 2011 alone, Denver Zoo participated in 84 projects in 17 countries.
In 2008, Denver Zoo started a Conservation Education program in northern Kenya to support the work of Kenya Program Director, Siva Sundaresan, who studies the endangered Grevy’s Zebra. We have worked with Lewa over the years in various capacities, and started working with the Conservation Education Centre initiative in the fall of 2010. Since that time education and conservation biology staff have worked closely with Lewa and other collaborative partners to support program development, conceptual planning and implementation.
Kids Against Poverty
Kids Against Poverty (KAP) is a unique organization in that it is run by kids, in support of kids. The goal is to help break the cycle of poverty for impoverished children by creating opportunities and hope through educational support. KAP, founded in 2006, has grown to include a network of socially minded young people who are united by the belief that with an education, children in need can be empowered to help themselves, their families, and their communities create permanent social change thus breaking the cycle of poverty.
Marwell Wildlife is a UK registered charity (275433) dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and other natural resources. This is achieved through restoration of species and habitats, promoting sustainable living, and by inspiring change through science, education & public engagement.
For over a decade Marwell has worked with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to develop people and infrastructure to support and implement wildlife research and monitoring.