In 1995 Lewa Wildlife Conservancy ("Lewa") was established as a not-for-profit organization.
Spanning 62,000 acres, Lewa is home to over 10 percent of Kenya's black rhino population, over 14 percent of Kenya's white rhino population and the world's largest single population of Grevy's zebra.
Lewa has embodied its mission as a catalyst for conservation. With a proven track record, our model of community-based conservation development is being spearheaded across northern Kenya, and emulated by other East African conservation organizations.
Lewa's Flourishing Model:
Monitoring and protecting endangered species and habitat
Ensuring conservation directly benefits communities through education, healthcare, enterprise and water development
Financing conservation by combining tourism and carefully focused donor support
Supporting the government with wildlife translocation, veterinary intervention and armed anti-poaching teams across northern Kenya
Wildlife Conservation in Action:
Lewa is home to over 350 species of bird and 70 mammal species, including the Big Five
Our population of 68 black rhino (Diceros bicornis) are monitored on a daily basis by highly qualified rangers
About 370 Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) live freely on the Conservancy
The Lewa Standard:
The success of the Conservancy is largely thankful to specially selected criteria to which Lewa upholds both our own operations and those of our partners. In order to ensure excellent environmental standards and a high quality tourism product, the Lewa Standard dictates the regulation and management of aspects ranging from finances and enterprises within the Conservancy; interpersonal conduct; security and research procedures; the structural and aesthetic design of buildings; to resources such as land, water and energy use, as well as waste management. By creating a tool such as the Lewa Standard, we have been able to maintain pristine, peaceful, and healthy environment for both the animals that make Lewa their home and the guests who visit.
Lewa's wildlife conservation principles expand well beyond our borders. Acting as a corridor of security and development, we help to stimulate community-owned conservation throughout northern Kenya.
Lewa is also home to the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an innovative partnership with communities who have set land aside for wildlife conservation. It provides support to local regions through projects geared towards improving livelihoods and alleviating poverty. Lewa was instrumental in creating the NRT, which has increased the amount of land under integrated conservation management from the original 26,000 acres to now almost 2 million. This has allowed wildlife to begin to migrate once again throughout their historical natural range.
Lewa's model combines the protection of wildlife, community development, and sustainable tourism. We aim to educate neighbouring communities on the socio-economic benefits of wildlife conservation as well as minimizing human-wildlife conflict.
Ecological connections between Lewa and neighbouring areas allow elephant to take refuge in the Conservancy during the dry season
Our outstanding security system supports many other organizations such as the Kenya Police and the Kenya Wildlife Service
The Lewa Education Programme provides infrastructure, and educational and financial support to nine local schools
The Women's Micro-Credit Programme empowers women to start their own businesses
Lewa supports and operates three medical clinics and a rural bank, for both its staff and adjoining communities
100% of the profits gained from Lewa's tourism are re-invested into the Conservancy's core programmes.