• LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY
  • julho 16th, 2014

LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY

  

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Lewa was once a cattle ranch; it then became a heavily guarded black rhino sanctuary, and it is now the headquarters for a non-profit wildlife conservancy, which has gained a world-wide reputation for extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders. Lewa’s mission is:

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a catalyst for wildlife conservation.  It does this through the protection and managementof species and their habitat; the support of community conservationinitiatives and the education of neighbouring communities in the value of wildlife.

Anna Merz ranks as one of the world’s foremost champions of the black rhino. This is not only in her public profile but also in her hands-on approach which has contributed enormously to the survival of Kenya’s black rhino. In 1982 she persuaded the Craig family, who own Lewa, to set aside some 5,000 acres as a rhino sanctuary. This they named the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary.

A management mechanism designed to ensure:
  • The quality of the tourism product and its associated operations with the LWC.
  • The quality of the environment standard both within the LWC and within its spheres of influence.
  • The full contribution of all functions and departments within the LWC to the achievement of the above.

The LWC is an internationally recognized conservation organization. As such the need for a definitive management framework for ensuring the highest possible eco-tourism and environmental standards is a simple imperative.

In addition to conservation Lewa maintains a strong community programme which seeks to help neighboring communities in the development of their healthcare, micro-credit programmes, rural banking and provision and sustaining of water.  Our education programme also supports 8 neighboring schools and over 160 scholarships.

Lewa is also home to the Northern Rangelands Trust, an exciting and groundbreaking trust which supports over 14 community conservation projects throughout northern Kenya ( www.nrt-kenya.org ).

By improving the tourism product and environmental standards, the ability of the LWC to attract more tourists – its principal self-generated revenue source – will be enhanced.

Concerning wildlife conservation:
1 – Lewa started out as a rhino sanctuary and the black rhino remains Lewa’s flagship species. To date, there are 55 black rhino (8% of the national population). This population has provided individuals for translocation to other protected areas, where new populations are being established.

2. The other critical species for global conservation is the Grevy’s zebra. This handsome animal is confined to northern Kenya and parts of Ethiopia . Its numbers have greatly declined in unprotected areas, and it is now globally threatened with between 1,800- 2,300 remaining. In 1977 there were 81 Grevy’s on Lewa. Today they number 450 on Lewa. This figure represents 22% of the world’s population – one of only three groups under protection, and the only one managed privately.

  • Capture and translocation is becoming a large part of Lewa’s wildlife programme. Lewa has developed the capacity and reputation to conduct mass translocations of wildlife, and has a successful track record of such operations (for example the 2003 translocation of 504 Zebra, 412 Impala and 51 Giraffe, from Laikipia to Meru National Park).
  • Lewa is very often called upon to help and support the various dealings with the emergencies of wildlife because if its expertise and experience. Everything from elephants to birds has been helped throughout the years.

 

Eco-tourism and Visiting Lewa:

Lewa runs 3 luxurious lodges within the park, and all profits generated by them are reinvested into our environmental and community projects.

The Lewa Education Programme was established in 2001 and is based at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy offices near Isiolo, Kenya. The board is made up of twelve individuals who are affiliated to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.  The Ministry of Education is represented as well as the local community. The Trust is currently supporting eight primary schools in its immediate neighborhood.

Contact:

Lewa Main Office Kenya
Lewa Downs
Private Bag
Isiolo
Kenya
Tel: +254-64 31405 or +254-722-203562
Fax: +254-64 31405
Email: info@lewa.org

 

 

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