Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

LOCATED
–     In the Mount Kenya, Laikipia District, 250kms from Nairobi

ALTITUDE
–     1189 to 1889m

AREA
–     251km²

CONSERVANCY ENTRANCE PAYMENT METHOD
–     Prepaid with Accommodation

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     Lewa Camp

ACCESS
–     By Road approx. 4 hours’ drive from Nairobi; More commonly, Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi

ATTRACTIONS
–     Abundant Wildlife which includes the Black Rhino,Gravy’s Zebra and Sitatunga.

This Conservancy works as a catalyst 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. Rhinoceros conservation is the core of the conservation programme, especially the black rhinos. Gravy’s Zebra is critical species for global conservation, which is abundant on Lewa. The Sitatunga is a spectacular aquatic antelope and is extremely rare in Kenya, and in order to safeguard their future, some animals were trans-located from the only site where they were known to occur to the swamp. Predators here include cheetah, lions, leopard, hyena, and rare visits by wild. This conservancy is rich in wildlife with densities as high as anywhere in Africa. As a result Lewa often participates in the translocation of animals to neighboring conservation areas and National Parks. Lewa is very often called upon to help and support the various dealings with the emergencies of wildlife because of its expertise and experience. Orphaned wildlife is assisted until they can be released back into the wild. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (also known as Lewa Downs) is located in northern Kenya and was formed in 1995. It is a wildlife sanctuary incorporating the Ngare Ndare Forest. Lewa holds over 12% of Kenya’s black rhino population and the largest single population of Gravy’s zebras in the world (approximately 350 individuals).

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