Our goal is to maintain greater diversity to preserve the environment and increase the chances of survival of all species. Each animal plays an important role in the ecosystem and its continued existence allows others species to exist.
Leopards – The mysterious and reclusive leopard is a rare sighting in the conservancy. The current population of the stealthy and solitary leopard is about a dozen.
Northern specialty species – Found exclusively north of the equator, these animals have the ability to thrive in hot, arid areas. Lewa is one of the few places in Kenya where one can see all five of the following Northern specialty species: the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, the Beisa oryx, the gerenuk and the Grevy’s zebra.
Bird life – Bird life on Lewa is prolific! Some of the most memorable experiences for visitors involve spotting the reticent ostrich or the soaring falcon during their safari.
| Our Impact |
Lewa’s security and anti-poaching team rapidly responds to security threats within the conservancy and diffuses tensions in neighbouring communities.
Lewa tracks population dynamics and movement patterns of wildlife to anticipate potential threats and inform neighbouring conservation or community areas.
The behavior and population dynamics of the hyena, despite being the most abundant predator, have remained a mystery in Lewa’s ecosystem. Collars have been deployed to hyenas from six different clans to better study the species.
Since 1998, tracker dogs have proved to be strong detectors of poaching activity. Lewa constantly relies on its own dog unit when the team is called upon to assist other community conservancies or help the Kenya Wildlife Service and local police authorities investigate an incident.