Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (62,000 acres) represents a microcosm of one of the world’s most important biological regions in Eastern Africa savannah grasslands within the afro tropical realm.
Lewa, with its unique Rhino sanctuary established in 1984, has achieved its objective of establishing a founder population of the critically endangered Black Rhino of sufficient genetic diversity. This population has bred successfully and has been used to re-stock the species former range in the Country. As at January 2012, the Conservancy had 71 Black Rhino with annual recruitment rates of 10% which is above the national average of 6%. The Grevy’s zebra is listed by IUCN as Critically Endangered with a global population of about 2,600 animals. LWC holds about 14% of these magnificent animals representing the single largest resident population of Grevy’s zebra in the world.
Through the protection and management of endangered species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighboring areas in the value of wildlife, Lewa has become Kenya's leading model for wildlife conservation on private land. LWC is leading the way for low-impact conservation tourism resulting in direct benefits for communities across the region.
One of LWC's fundamental objectives is to conserve threatened species within its area of operation and provide protected habitat for other species under pressure outside of LWC. LWC promotes conservation both within its boundaries and in the ecologically important community-owned areas to its North.
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LWC also provides support to anti-poaching operations in other private rhino sanctuaries and wildlife reserves in the Laikipia District and on Mount Kenya. For more information, please visit www.lewa.org