Lewa boasts high wildlife densities and is home to the Big Five as well as other commonly occurring species such as the giraffe, ostrich, impala and over 400 bird species.
Predators on Lewa
Lions: Lewa is home to 25 lions. As habitat loss and conflict continues to affect these iconic predators across the continent, protecting their habitat remains key to their survival. Lewa actively monitors its resident prides to establish the population dynamics, movement patterns to neighbouring conservation or community areas, as well as impact on prey species such as the endangered Grevy's zebra.
Wild dogs: Often, Lewa plays hosts to a pack of the critically endangered wild dog, also known as the African painted dog. The wild dogs have suffered severe decline in range and are now found in small pockets throughout the continent.
Cheetahs: Lewa provides ideal cheetah habitat with its open plains and extensive savannah. The current population of 13 includes a female recently spotted with newborn cubs!
Leopards: Occasionally, one might get lucky and spot the ever elusive leopard! The current population of the stealth cat is estimated at slightly more than 10.
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. Lewa happens to be one of the places in Kenya were can see all of those five species.
Bird life on Lewa is prolific - from the impressive ostrich to the soaring falcons, 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.