The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Joined to Borana Conservancy, forming a 93,000 acre conservation landscape.
Award-winning UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wildlife, People, Travel. Kenya.
After two years of sporadic and minimal rainfall, we are so happy to receive the first rains of the season! it's been desperately dry, and our wildlife was beginning to suffer.
the rainfall forecast is favourable and we are hopeful that lewa-borana will be green very soon. photo of elephants and gathering clouds by @batian_kenya
Bringing the wild to you!
only two days ago, we watched a staggering scene of lioness sara and her cubs, live. through our hidden camera traps, we offer a window into the lives of our animals, witnessing intimate and often unseen moments.
and you too can enjoy this exclusive lewa experience wherever you are in the world!
download the http://virryapp.com to watch live action, as well as learn about wildlife and conservation. if you're a virtual reality fan, you can also enjoy viewing wildlife on lewa like never before on virry vr available on sony playstation here - http://bit.ly/2y2vid9
we'd love for you to visit lewa - but in the meantime, download the virry app and vr to enjoy this special window into the lives of our fascinating animals!
Photo by @suzieszterhas
mark your calendars!
january 27th & 28th 2018 the great grevy's rally is back for a second citizen science census of kenya's population of the endangered grevy's zebra!
this means we need your love of adventure to help us photograph all the grevy's zebra across laikipia, meru, isiolo, samburu and marsabit counties. this year we will also be including reticulate giraffe in the census so there will be twice the animals to find!
if you're planning a holiday on lewa-borana during this time, it will be a perfect opportunity for you to participate in such an exciting and scientifically critical exercise. find out more by emailing [email protected]#greatgrevysrally2018#ggr#lewawildlifeconservancy#boranaconservancy#whyilovekenya#endangeredspecies
Finding new homes for rhinos
photos by @amivitale
while protecting rhinos is key to their survival, another challenge that we face as conservationists is finding them new homes.
two years ago, @amivitale photographed these samburu warriors from sera who had never seen rhino prior to visiting us. they were completely mesmerised by our baby rhinos, and couldn't wait to have the rhino reintroduced to their land. the warriors had only heard stories from their fathers and grandfathers - hunting and poaching by criminals had wiped out the animals from their land decades before their time.
this dream came true. together with @nrt_kenya and @kenyawildlifeservice, we moved black rhino to sera 2 years ago, which the community has passionately protected from poachers.
we are proud to play a role in helping establish new sanctuaries. pictured here is black rhino nasha just before his release into the wilds of sera. since lewa's inception, we have moved close to 30 rhinos to other sanctuaries.
Occasionally, we have had to care for orphaned or abandoned rhino calves, with elvis being our most famous. here are pictures of the now 12-year-old rhino over the years!
elvis is a success story of a hand-reared, endangered animal successfully reintroduced to the wild. he now mostly lives in the plains of lewa, with minimal human interaction, though he visits the hq to say hi. he also has a 'girlfriend' named winnie. we are hoping for an elvis baby very soon!
friday is #worldrhinoday, and this week, we are celebrating our achievements in conserving this iconic species.
Remembering anna, a rhino champion
with world rhino day only 2 days away, we take this moment to honour the memory of our co-founder anna merz whose passion, tenacity and dedication to saving the rhino from extinction led to the birth of a rhino sanctuary that is now home to 14% of kenya's rhinos. "from her love for samia, her adopted rhino, to all the other animals in wild, anna proved to us all that one person's dream and love for wildlife can create the most significant impact, far beyond our deepest imagination." john pameri, lewa's head of rangers.
Saving trees, making cooking healthier for 1,000 women and their families
the majority of rural households in kenya depend on firewood and charcoal to prepare food for their families, yet this contributes greatly to deforestation and environmental degradation. and the health implications of using open fires for cooking are severe; the world health organization (who) estimates that this causes 1.6 million deaths each year across the globe.
we recently gave out energy-saving stoves to 1,000 women. use of the stoves reduces demand for firewood, promotes the protection of forests and improves the health of these families.
for this story and more, read our latest e-newsletter, link in bio.
Six-year-old tony has been a tracker dog for the past five years, assisting our rangers to follow up on cases of insecurity. the hardworking bloodhound recently received treatment for a painful growth that has formed on his leg.
we’re glad to report that tony is showing signs of a quick recovery, with round the clock care from his rangers leperere and david, and our vet dr mutinda.
we’re hopeful that he’ll be up and about in no time and back to helping protect lewa’s wildlife!
Ephantus, a kenyan champion
when ephantus mugo was 10-years-old, his class made a trip to the nairobi national orphanage. this would be the only school trip that ephantus, who is from chuka, would take while both in primary and secondary school, and it changed his life.
he says: "i come from a community that has little wildlife left, and seeing the animals at the orphanage made me fall in love with wildlife." today, ephantus is following his dream by working to ignite a passion for wildlife, nature and wild places in school children, just like the educator who changed his life.
every year, along with his team, he hosts more than 3,000 children from all over the country here on lewa. ephantus immerses the children in an interactive learning experience that includes viewing endangered species in their natural habitat. for some of these children, it is often their first time to see rare species such as rhinos, an experience that leaves a lasting impression in their young minds.
ephantus exemplifies what makes kenyans great - passion, dedication and love for nature. vote for him to become a kenyan champion by following this link - http://visionsofkenya.co.uk/
photos of ephantus with school children by natalie solveland.
an elephant calf enjoys a mud bath at @r.e.s.c.u.e, the newly launched, community-led elephant sanctuary based here in northern kenya, at namunyak community conservancy.
african communities have been custodians of elephants and other wildlife for centuries, but modern challenges such as poaching and habitat loss require these communities to come up with initiatives such as @r.e.s.c.u.e to ensure survival of the species.
visit @amivitale's instagram for more on this incredible sanctuary.
video by @amivitale#elephant#nature#animals#conservation#wildlife#nature
our landscape together with @boranaconservancy is now home to 44 lions. last year, 12 cubs were born, 3 adults emigrated to new areas and 1 joined our population from samburu.
lion numbers continue to diminish across the continent, but conservation efforts, in partnership with the people who have lived alongside this iconic species for centuries, will help ensure that the king of the jungle thrives.