An especially curious spectator at today's 18th edition of the @safaricommarathon run here on Lewa!
Huge congratulations to those who took part in both the full and half marathon this morning. It was fantastic to have you all come and run wild with us. For those in Kenya, we hope you managed to watch it live.
Every year, the event continues to have tangible impact on conservation and community development.
Look forward to seeing you all again next year to beat your personal records!!! Video by @batian_kenya
Photo by @martinbuzora
This adorable foal is one of the 77 Grevy's zebras born last year on the Lewa-Borana landscape. The global population of Grevy's remains very low, at approximately 2,600, of which 98% is found here in northern Kenya.
Survival of Grevy’s zebra foals into adulthood remains critical to ensuring that numbers of this endangered equid increase.
Of the 77 foals born in 2016, 68% remained alive by the end of the year. This is an increase in foal survival rate which represents an encouraging trend for our zebra population that remains ‘adult-heavy,’ primarily because of predation.
Find out more about our key species by reading our latest Impact Report - link in bio.
No rhinos lost to poachers for over 3 years, plenty of wildlife births, more than 400 students sponsored through educational bursaries, 31 schools supported, 40,000 people provided with access to healthcare - we are matching our commitment with results!
Read our latest Impact Report (link in bio) that demonstrates how both people and wildlife can benefit from conservation.
A massive thanks to you all, our supporters, for making our work possible.
Rangers Leperere and Kisio enjoy a light moment with tracker dog Tony. Tony is calm, dedicated and hard working. The bloodhound and his brother Tipper have been a part of Lewa's anti-poaching team for the past 5 years.
Last year, our tracker dog unit carried out at least 20 follow-ups in the neighbouring communities, assisting the Kenya Police to investigate crimes and ensure safer areas for both people and wildlife. #rangers#dogs#antipoaching#lewawildlifeconservancy#boranaconservancy#communities#bloodhounds
Agnes was born blind, but that hasn’t stopped this 16-year-old from enjoying learning and participating in sports. She recently competed in long jump and track races at a national level. Go, Agnes!
Agnes is one of 426 children who received education bursaries from us last year.
Since the inception of our education programme more than a decade ago, we have provided bursaries for 795 children at all levels of education to enable them to realise their potential.
The Great Present (@the_great_present) are donating 10% on every men's cotton 'elephant' shirt purchased to us and Space for Giants. Head over to https://www.thegreatpresent.co.uk and grab one of these fabulous shirts. Not only will you be directly supporting our work, but these shirts are also perfect for summer!
Picture by @mwarv
It was a delight to spot cheetah brothers Wallace and Gromit recently during an evening drive. The two are offspring of Lewa's world-famous 'Three Brothers' - a cheetah coalition that captured the world's imagination with its impressive teamwork and sophisticated hunting techniques.
Wallace and Gromit seem to have also developed these skills, employing clever tactics to survive in the wild where cheetahs remain vulnerable from attacks by larger predators.
Anti-poaching rangers Kamasiai, Lelelit, Leyaso and Kaparo stand in front of a family of white rhinos and other wildlife that they work hard to protect.
A massive thanks to @forrangers who recently donated $15,000 in support of the work these brave men and women do.
The @forrangers team takes on gruelling races and adventures across the world to raise awareness and funds for anti-poaching rangers on Lewa and beyond. Thanks again to all who've participated.
This trip has been by far one of the best of our lives. Learning about the wildlife and how everthing has a purpose and place in nature, is truly fascinating.
Yesterday evening we came across a herd of elephants bathing in the water, scratching their big ears on the bark of trees while playfully making their way into the night. Did you know that elephants sleep only 4 hours a day? Guess what they do the other 20? @elewanacollection
The little elephants at Reteti Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) enjoy a mud bath and dusting to cool off after a long, hot morning of exploring and learning how to survive in the wild. There are now 12 elephant calves at the sanctuary being cared for 24/7 by dedicated keepers, including our very own Kamara.
Reteti is the first community-owned and managed elephant sanctuary in Africa, established with the goal of rescuing and rehabilitating these young elephants so that they can eventually rejoin the wild herds of northern Kenya. These elephant calves have been left abandoned for a variety of reasons that include poaching, man-made wells, drought, human-elephant conflict and natural mortality. Between 5-10 elephant calves are rescued in northern Kenya annually.
Lewa on Virtual Reality: Experience the Wilderness Like Never Before
Lewa, in partnership with Virry VR (@virryapp), has become the first wildlife area to feature on Sony PlayStation's Virtual Reality, an experience that takes players on a virtual safari in the African savannah.
This is the first experience of its kind where players literally and virtually interact with real animals in their natural habitat, tempting lions with juicy slabs of meat, feeding fresh greens to elephants, stalking zebras, and sharing mud baths with rhinos.
Filmed entirely on Lewa and with the amazing Nditu of @sirikoilodge, the virtual reality creates a wildlife experience that is as close as you can get to being on an actual safari!
Virry VR is available exclusively at the PlayStation Store in the "Experience" section. New releases will include even more animals and immersive experiences.
Every year, more than 3,000 school children visit Lewa to learn about conservation and their role in preserving natural resources.
Some of these children have never seen a rhino. We want to ignite a passion for wildlife and natural places at a young age. And children are naturally very curious and caring, and most seem deeply moved by the plight of endangered species. We also want them to understand the benefits Kenya gains from protecting wildlife.
Northern Kenya is currently facing drought, and during such times, elephants have to share water with pastoral communities. Sadly, due to the depths of the wells during the dry season, elephant calves often fall in and their mothers are unable to help them out.
Our resident @kenyawildlifeservice Dr Matthew Mutinda was part of the team that rescued this little elephant - next to water wells - having waited for her herd to return for over 36 hours.
When her herd didn’t return, she was moved to Reteti Orphanage - @r.e.s.c.u.e - where she will be cared for until old enough to be released back into the wild.
Kifaru House's pool, punctuated with acacia trees, blends into the surrounding bush and provides a perfect position to view Lewa's landscapes and sunsets.
Every year, the Lewa-Borana landscape welcomes at least 5,000 guests. These visitors not only become friends of the Conservancy, they also contribute to our work through conservation fees, funds that contribute a third of our annual revenue.
Kifaru is one of the places you can stay while visiting us. In total, the Lewa-Borana landscape has 9 lodges and houses.