Securing Vital Black Rhino Habitat in Kenya

Project Cost: $5,400,000

Funding Raised: $5,400,000

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Nearly one acre of forest is lost every second


Thanks to generous support from our donors, we have successfully reached our fundraising goal for this project.

Project at a Glance

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

The 62,000 acre conservancy is a safe haven for threatened wildlife in northern Kenya, including 14% of the country’s Black Rhinoceros population and the world’s single largest population of Grevy’s Zebra. It also provides a refuge for more than 300 migratory African Elephants, as well as African Wild Dogs, Reticulated Giraffes, Lions and Cheetahs. 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. Header Photo: The Black Rhino, by Amir Hoda.




Black Rhinoceros (CR), Pancake Tortoise (CR), Grevy’s Zebra (EN), Beisa Oryx (EN), African Wild Dog (EN)

(CR)=Critically Endangered, (EN)=Endangered, (VU)=Vulnerable


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

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. Photos: (Above) Community members, by Ami Vitale; (Below) African Lion, by Juan Pablo Moreiras.


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