The Lewa-Borana Landscape (LBL) is a combined conservation area made up of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Borana Conservancy. The Landscape has been conducting annual wildlife counts using aerial and ground counting methods for many years. The two Conservancies begun wildlife counts in different years. Lewa’s counts dates back to 1977 while that of Borana started in 1991. The first combined count in the Landscape was conducted in 2016 and has been maintained to date. The annual wildlife count is necessitated by the need to understand the general status and trends of wildlife populations in response to variations in habitat, as well ecological and environmental conditions and species interactions. The main objectives of the annual wildlife count are to:
- Determine species abundance.
- Derive and compare past and current species population trends.
- Propose conservation priorities