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.
What makes Lewa unique is our long-term commitment to partnering with our neighbours to care for the delicate ecosystem on which we all depend. In 2014, we removed the fence separating us with our western neighbour Borana Conservancy, creating a 93,000-acre conservation landscape. This was the first partnership of its kind in Kenya for the benefit of endangered species. This area, now known as the Lewa-Borana Landscape, is home to 14% of Kenya’s rhinos, 12% of the world’s endangered Grevy’s zebra and provides a safe home for northern Kenya’s migratory elephants.
Lewa serves as a safe refuge for critically endangered rhino, elephant, Grevy’s zebra, lion, giraffes, wild dogs and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya. The Conservancy is also home to more than 400 species of birds.
To local people, Lewa represents much more than the wildlife it protects. Lewa provides neighbouring pastoral communities an opportunity to maintain their traditional way of life in a modern and sustainable context through progressive and innovative livelihood initiatives.
Lewa has combined the techniques of world-class anti-poaching operations, including cutting edge monitoring technology, with the engagement of the surrounding communities as critical partners in conservation.