Spectacular aquatic antelope - are extremely rare in Kenya, and in order to safeguard their future, some animals were translocated from the only site where they were known to occur to the swamp at Lewa, where a substantial population has now built up.
Predators on Lewa
- There are approximately 22 resident lions on Lewa. Lewa’s lions still stay in groups of two or three individuals; this is typical of a lion population in its infancy which is the situation we have here. Only with time and as the lion population becomes more stable will we get the typical pride structure with females occupying a home range and males taking over the pride every couple of years.
- The number of hyenas on Lewa is low. Current estimates are at about 25 after a census last year. It is hoped that this number will increase.
- Leopards are found on Lewa however the overall numbers are low. There are approximately more than 10 leopards found within the conservancy.
- A pack of wild dog - one of Africa's most endangered mammals- is still found in the vicinity of Lewa. The main pack is still hidden in the forest and therefore regular good sightings are made difficult.
- There are approximately 10 cheetahs in the Conservancy.
Elephants on Lewa
In 1984, Lewa hosted its first herd of 300 elephant from a migration pattern south. The Elephants were avoiding the North after high levels of poaching, their new route took them from the Samburu-Namunyak area, via Lewa to the Ngare Ndare Forest on the edge of Mount Kenya. Each elephant eats up to 300lbs of grass, trees and bush in one day.
Lewa currently has 297 elephants on Lewa, this number varies seasonally.
Northern Specialty Species
Northern specialty species are only found North of the Equator and have an ability to thrive in hot, dry, arid country . There are five of them: the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, the Beisa oryx, the gerenuk and the Grevy's zebra. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy happens to be one of the places in Kenya were can see all of those five species. A bit more difficult to find is the gerenuk, but with our very experienced guides, you might score 5 out of 5.
Bird life on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is prolific, from the impressive Ostrich to the soaring Falcons to the humble sunbirds you will see some of the most hidden gems on you safari at the top of the trees. For a full list of birds found on Lewa, click here.