Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa helped facilitate the elephant bypass Lewa's home to 12% of the global population
Lewa helped facilitate the elephant bypass
Lewa's home to 12% of the global population

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Country

Kenya

Lewa's rich history in conservation spans three decades, having started out as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary established in 1983 to help save the last remaining black rhino in northern Kenya. At the time, poaching for rhino horn saw a once thriving population plummet to near extinction, and Ngare Sergoi was a brave and pioneering venture, driven by love for the rhino. The sanctuary thrived and was later re-established as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 1995.

In June 2013, the World Heritage Committee extended the boundaries of the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site to include Lewa and Ngare Ndare Forest - A proud designation.

About Us

Simply known as Lewa, the Conservancy is nestled at the foothills of Mount Kenya and is home to some of the continent's most endangered species - the black rhino and the Grevy's zebra- and a plethora of other wildlife including the elephant, giraffe, buffalo, antelope, lion, cheetah and leopard.

Lewa is home to some of Africa's critically endangered species, notably the black rhino and Grevy's zebra. The Conservancy has been hugely successful in conservation of the native black rhino and the resident population has grown at an impressive 6% per annum. Lewa plays a crucial role in rhino conservation in Kenya, facilitating the translocation of its rhino to new or previously inhabited areas and providing technical expertise to established and new rhino sanctuaries.

For communities neighbouring wildlife, conservation can be the greatest tool for development and Lewa's community development programmes have over the years transformed the lives of thousands from the adjoining communities.

Lewa boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in northern Kenya and Mount Kenya serves as the perfect backdrop. With gentle rolling hills and natural, unspoilt beauty, guests enjoy the trip of a lifetime that consists of an unforgettable combination of great scenery, superb game viewing and excellent hospitality.

Mission Statement

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a catalyst and model 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.

Projects

Community Development: The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is known as a groundbreaking model. By directing the benefits of our success to helping our neighbours, Lewa has helped alleviate poverty, and created enthusiasm among communities for wildlife conservation.

Education: Lewa Supports 19 government schools in the neighbouring communities, benefiting over 6,500 children.

Healthcare: The Lewa healthcare Programme runs three clinics in the neighbouring areas and also offers support to the newly-opened Ntirimiti clinic. Lewa's three clinics are the nearest health centres to thousands of people who otherwise would have no access to healthcare.

Women's Micro Credit: The Lewa Women’s Micro-Credit Programme supports rural women living in the communities surrounding the Conservancy. We provide them with small LOANS so that they can initiate micro-enterprises such as tailoring, homestead retail shops, poultry-keeeping and agricultural-based activities to enhance their livelihoods and improve their socio-economic activities.

Our Successes

Starting out with 15 black rhinos in 1984 as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary, Lewa's rhino population has since risen steadily, making the Conservancy the pioneer rhino conservation success story in Kenya and East Africa. Lewa's 67 black rhinos constitute 11% of Kenya's entire population. Over the years, 20 others have been moved to restock previously inhabited areas as well as introduce the species to new suitable and secure habitats.

Lewa helped facilitate the opening of the Mount Kenya elephant corridor to allow free movement of elephant populations between the Conservancy, Ngare Ndare and Mount Kenya ecosystems. The corridor has also allowed for genetic mixing of the two populations of elephants and significantly reduced human-elephant conflict in the region.

Get Involved

The Lewa Marathon: The impact of the event has been huge and the benefits are very tangible. Since its inception the event has raised over $4.2 million. Tusk and Lewa have always shared a common goal to use wildlife conservation as a catalyst to alleviate poverty, reduce conflict, and improve education and livelihoods in rural areas rich in biodiversity.

Lewa is extremely proud of its continued practice of responsible tourism where funds raised are reinvested back into our core programmes. Therefore by visiting Lewa you will not only be signing up for a great African adventure, you will also directly contribute towards wildlife conservation and community development.

We currently have a population of 66 black rhinos and 62 white rhinos, and the cost of protecting and nurturing these rhino are extremely high and constitute over 50% of our annual budget. You can support the important research, conservation and protection of Lewa’s flagship species by “naming” or “adopting” a rhino and receiving regular updates on the animal’s progress.


Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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