Conservation

Conservation

Wildlife Conservation

“Always leave room for wildlife” – Alec Douglas (Will Craig’s grandfather)

Started in 1972, Lewa Wilderness lodge is an integral part of the history of Lewa Downs as it transformed from a farm into a not-for-profit wildlife conservancy that has gained an international reputation for extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy now boasts 62,000 acres of conserved land and the richness of wildlife here is astounding with over 70 different animal species and 350 bird species.

By staying at Lewa Wilderness, guests are automatically supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and all of the conservation and community development efforts.

For more information, visit www.lewa.org

Endangered Species

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy provides a safe haven for a wide variety of wildlife, and is particularly famous for its rhino and Grevy zebra programs.

The rhino program began in 1986 when the Craigs set aside 5,000 acres of land to set up the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary. The rhinos prospered and in 1995, the Craig family turned the entire ranch into a conservancy. Lewa continues to run one of the most successful rhino protection programs in Africa and is home to 12% of Kenya’s critically endangered black rhino population.

With less than 3,000 Grevy zebra remaining worldwide, Lewa represents the single largest population of Grevy zebra in the world with over 20% of these beautiful animals residing here.

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

The success of the Conservancy is very much due to the Craig family understanding that wildlife conservation cannot succeed without support from local communities. There are a number of initiatives such as micro-credit schemes, water projects, and education and healthcare projects that the LWC is involved with to aid community development.

Education

Education

The Craigs have always recognized that the future of Kenya’s wildlife lies with the next generation. They have been instrumental in setting up the Lewa Education Programme (LEP) to help local children get a good education and teach them the importance of the wildlife. Today, the LEP sponsors 18 schools with a total population of 6000 students. A visit to a school can be arranged during your stay.