Status
Funded

Secure Vital Black Rhino Habitat in Kenya

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Project Overview

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy provides protection for rhinos, elephants, lions and giraffes.

  • Species at Risk

    5 species

  • Carbon stored

    Not calculated for this project*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

  • 4,625 Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: $5,400,000
Funding Raised: $5,400,000

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Kenya
Acres

4,625

Project Overview

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy provides protection for rhinos, elephants, lions and giraffes.

  • Species at Risk

    5 species

  • Carbon stored

    Not calculated for this project*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

  • 4,625 Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: £3,948,750
Funding Raised: £3,948,750

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Kenya
Acres

4,625

Protect Iconic African Wildlife

Located on the northern slope of Mount Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy encompasses a rich matrix of highland forest, acacia woodlands, grassland savannah, wetlands and riparian habitats. The 62,000-acre conservancy protects the only wildlife corridor that connects Mount Kenya’s upper slopes to Kenya’s Northern Rangelands.

This land is a safe haven for threatened wildlife in northern Kenya, including 14% of the country’s Black Rhino population and the world’s single largest population of Grevy’s Zebra. It also provides a refuge for more than 300 migratory African Savanna Elephants as well as African Wild Dog (EN), Reticulated Giraffe, Lion (VU) and Cheetah VU). Recent surveys confirmed the presence of the Critically Endangered Pancake Tortoise, which is anticipated to have a stronghold on the parcel proposed for purchase and will be the subject of future research efforts.

Did you know?

14%

of the country's Black Rhinoceros population is safeguarded in this reserve.

Explore Kenya

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Grevy's Zebra, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya/Martin Buzora

African Wild Dog standing in grasses
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African Wild Dog (CR)

Pancake Tortoise
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Reticulated Giraffe
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Black Rhino, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya/Amir-Hoda

Prevent Unsustainable Development

Our partner, Lewa Wildlife Conservation, currently owns and permanently protects 32,000 acres of the entire conservancy. Of the remaining 30,000 acres, 14,000 are designated as the The Ndare National Forest Reserve and 15,800 acres are privately owned and at risk for sale and development.

To help protect this critical habitat in perpetuity, Rainforest Trust is working with Lewa Wildlife Conservation to secure a 4,625-acre parcel of the privately owned land, thus preventing the threat of development and securing the safety of the entire conservancy.

Join Our Solution

Your donation will help our partner in their long-term goal of achieving permanent protection for all land within the conservancy’s secure boundary through land acquisitions.

Employing research and monitoring, our partner is able to make informed conservation decisions about how to promote ecosystem health. These efforts are supported by a highly trained cadre of rangers using the most sophisticated technology available. It will also allow them to continue their efforts to help local communities through the provision of education, healthcare, water management and enterprise development.

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