A few last words then off to london!
1 day to go! will you be joining us at the royal geographical society, london on wednesday?
il ngwesi board chair, kip (pictured) will be part of a stellar panel comprised of our ceo mike watson, our head of conservation, geoffrey chege as well as renowned 'big cat diaries' presenter simon king. the panel will draw inspiration from lewa and il ngwesi's rich 20-year partnership to share lessons for the future of africa’s wildlife and communities.
there's still time to purchase a ticket for yourself and a friend by tapping link in bio. 📸: @stevetoom
Rhinos & rings!
this valentine's, we'd like to celebrate love on lewa!
our rhino scientist, ian lemaiyan (@pilot_lemaiyan ) recently got engaged in a manner most befitting of his passion for rhinos. he popped the question during our recent rhino notching exercise, and the answer was yes! it was a perfect moment, with two rhino bulls 'watching' in the background.
ian is an integral part of our research and monitoring team whose work entails monitoring rhinos, ensuring their well-being and collecting data on wildlife across the 93,000 acres of the lewa-borana landscape. he has dedicated his entire life to wildlife and stephanie shares his passion.
congratulations to this newly engaged couple, we wish you the very best!
Class in the wild!
photo by @amivitale
with their innate curiosity and natural sense of wonder, children make the perfect audience for conservation awareness.
in this photo, our conservation education officer jonathan odongo is using insects to demonstrate the interconnectedness of nature.
he says, "in order to grasp the importance of protecting wildlife, it is important for children to appreciate the importance of every organism in the eco-system. if we have a habitat that supports insects we're assured of the survival of the larger species." every year, over 3,000 students from our neighbouring schools and beyond visit us to learn more about endangered species and the importance of caring for the environment.
through activities such as this one, we seek to ignite a life-long passion for conservation in their young minds.
6 days later, and 25 young rhinos now have an identity!
managing and protecting rhinos often involves complex processes, such as ear-notching the animals to give each a unique identity.
this past week, together with @kenyawildlifeservice, we embarked on a massive exercise to notch unique patterns on at least 25 rhinos. we're pleased to report that we reached our target, with 14 blacks and 11 whites notched!
why is this important? it will enable rangers identify individual animals, discover when any rhino goes missing, as well as keep accurate records whilst monitoring their health and progress.
thank you to cabinet secretary @judi_wakhungu for joining us today and notching the last rhino, a robust southern white male named gidi.
Lewa wants to feature your photo!
have you shot a compelling image of wildlife, landscapes or people on lewa that you're particularly proud of?
we're looking for fresh photos for our annual impact report, and would love include beautifully composed shots from our friends and followers.
if you have a photo you'd like to share, please send it in high resolution to [email protected] along with your preferred image credits. 📷: amir hoda
At least 20 rhinos to get an identity this week
today, lewa and @kenyawildlifeservice teams embarked on a massive exercise to ear notch at least 20 rhinos in the next 6 days on the lewa-borana landscape.
the aim of the exercise will be to provide each rhino with an identity by making a unique
notch pattern on the ears.
why is this important? it will enable rangers identify individual animals during their anti-poaching patrols, determine when an animal goes missing, and also ensure that accurate and consistent data is recorded for each rhino.
subira, a 3.7-year-old black rhino, was the first to get her notch pattern today morning. we managed to notch 3 in total by evening, so 17 more to go!
An announcement after the tragic loss of willie, the founder, and owner of sirikoi lodge, one of the lodges in our landscape.
willie lived a life committed to wildlife, conservation, and tourism. he approached all that he did with passion and a sense of adventure, reflected in sirikoi's creative and award-winning experience.
farewell willie, we'll miss your grand spirit!
@reposted from @sirikoilodge - it is with very heavy hearts we share with you a message from sue, richard & caro after the tragic loss of willie, the founder and owner of sirikoi lodge. ————————————-
"we are so sorry to let you know that our lovely dad, husband and grandpa left on his last safari on friday the 26th of january after a short but hard fight against cancer. just as he left us, back home, a pride of lion went roaring through sirikoi!
we are returning to kenya this week and will soon have a gathering to celebrate his amazing life and character. we will let you all know once we have set a date and place.
thank you so much for the all the amazing messages and support we have received over this last week.
our very best,
rich, caro and sue"
#safari#safarilodge#bestsafarilodge#legacy#travel#luxurytravel#luxurysafari#amazingpeople#rip - #regrann
We came, we saw and we earned our stripes!
this weekend saw 700 volunteer participants come together for the great grevy's rally- a photographic census of grevy's zebra and reticulated giraffes across northern kenya and parts of laikipia.
here on lewa, 23 citizen scientists joined our research team, to help spot and photograph our respective populations of these two species.
our head of research, dr. david kimiti shared- "it was a great experience with enthusiastic spotters and photographers as well as brave, skilled drivers. the reticulated giraffes forced us off road most often, while the grevy's zebra often walked past us in a single file letting us get great shots of the right side. it was a great exercise that will give us invaluable data"
lewa is home to about 11% of the global population of wild grevy's zebra and this weekend's census will go a long way towards safeguarding the future of this species.
special thanks to @themagunga and @petersize10 for capturing some excellent moments and to @lewawilderness and lewa safari camp for sending in two teams!
Lewa & il ngwesi in london!
on the 21st of february, kip ole polos (@kipmasai ), il ngwesi board chair and pioneer, will speak at the rgs, london.
kip's people, the laikipiak maasai of il ngwesi have always lived in harmony with wildlife. however, by the time kip was a young boy, wildlife had long abandoned il ngwesi, and his grandfather's stories of rhinos and elephants were like fiction to him.
20 years ago, faced with the harsh reality of overgrazed, unproductive land, the elders of il ngwesi made the critical decision to set aside a portion of grazing land for wildlife conservation and enlisted the help of lewa to do so.
kip, was amongst the pioneers of this initiative, that has since seen il ngwesi thrive with the support of lewa and other partners. today, the community owns and operates a world-class eco-lodge and herds of elephants and other wildlife roam freely on il ngwesi once more.
for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear kip share the story of our 20-year partnership, tickets can be purchased following link in bio: http://bit.ly/2dgwr9g
kip will be joined by our ceo and head of conservation as well as simon king obe renowned tv presenter.
Trunks up for 2018!
@regranned from @andreas.fox this newborn elephant, umbilical-cord and all, enthralled a fun bunch of humans the other day. pink behind the ears, floppy trunked and wobbly on its feet, he can't have been more than a day old. may he thrive in 2018 and for many years to come.
to new adventures and happiness.
happy new year everyone!