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The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, based at the foothills of Mount Kenya, works as a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. We do 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.

For the last three decades, our practices have resulted in thriving black rhino habitat and population, which in turn has created a robust ecosystem for a multitude of species including the endangered Grevy’s zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and more. We envision a future where people across Kenya value, protect and benefit from wildlife. This future depends on communities being able to derive their day-to-day livelihoods in ways that are compatible with thriving wildlife habitat. As a result, we invest heavily in the livelihoods of our neighbours through programmes in education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise, youth empowerment and more.

As a catalyst and champion of this model that puts people at the centre of conservation, Lewa has influenced and supported the conservancy management for both private and community lands across northern Kenya.


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya

Executive Team
Mike Watson, Chief Executive Officer
Mercy Gatai, Chief Administrative Officer
John Kinoti, Chief Programmes and Partnerships Officer
George Rioba, Chief Financial Officer
Sharon Petrie, Chief Development Officer

Department Heads
Dominic Maringa, Conservation & Wildlife
Edward Ndiritu, Anti-Poaching
John Pameri, General Security
Purity Kinoti, Education
Adrian Paul, Operations
Benson Ojwang, Grants and Impact
Dorcas Njeri, Human Resources
Lawrence Mutuma, Community Development
Shem Oluchiri, Communications, Development, and Engagement


Lewa Kenya Board of Trustees
Michael Joseph, Chair
Mbuvi Ngunze, Vice Chair
Dr. James Mworia
Prof Patricia Mbote
Alison Ngibuini
Mike Watson, Lewa CEO
Tony Barclay, Lewa International
Prof. Judi Wakhungu EGH
Mukami Kariuki

Lewa UK Board of Trustees
Joseph Dryer, Chair
Kathleen Crook
David Hillyard
Paul Mulholland
Sachin Rupani
Francesca Sanders
Fiona Sanderson

Lewa Canada Board of Trustees
Marc Dupuis-Desormeaux, Chair
Ryan Adams
Heather Dryden
Patricia Anne Koval
Charles Leighton
Suzanne MacDonald

Lewa USA Board of Trustees
Tony Barclay, Chair
Leslie Roach, Vice Chair
Deborah Gage, Secretary
Schuyler Heuer, Treasurer
Sue Anschutz Rodgers
Brian Gitau
Alex Beard
Katherine Chou
Sarah Gott
Linda Millard
Myrta Pulliam
Mary Pope Hutson
Sara Zilkha
Stephanie Osborne
David Bonnouvrier
Betsy Searle, Trustee Emeritus
Edith McBean, Trustee Emeritus
Gordon Pattee, Trustee Emeritus

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