Wildlife in Kenya

In Kenya, landowners hold the power to determine whether wildlife flourish or perish.

Kenya’s wildlife and diverse habitat are among the country’s most valuable assets. Wildlife tourism is the cornerstone of the economy. The treasured species such as elephant, lion, rhino and migratory herd mammals combined with iconic landscapes, water bodies and cultures to attract tourist and generate income and employment.

Kenya’s future prosperity as described in National development Plans hinges on a healthy wildlife population and a growing tourism industry. A strong Park and Reserve system has provided a great opportunity for Kenya.

Outside the Parks and Reserves where majority of wildlife occur and eco-tourism opportunities remain underexploited are threatened by human settlement, poaching, farming and construction of infrastructure. In the last 3 decades, human population has more than doubled and the government’s effort to provide services often clashes with conservation. The country’s wildlife population has reduced by more than half and the tourism industry faces stagnation.

Conservancies Statistics

Number of Conservancies


Total Acreage Covered

6,228,096 Ha

Land Covered Country-wide


Number of Scouts


Number of Beneficiaries


Latest News


OpEd: Conservancies Role in Wildlife Protection

OpEd: Conservancies' Role in Wildlife Protection Standard Media Cut-out

"The Stories of land owners and communities as conservation agents hasn't received the attention it deserves. By es...

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Conservancies Feted for Promoting Sustainable Tourism

KWCA policy Coordinator handing over a certificate to Jake Grieves-Cook of Ol Kinyei Conservancy the 1st runner ups of the Eco warrior Community conservancy Award

The 11th edition of the ...

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Community Land Act: A Win for Community Conservancies

John Kandie of Kiborgoch Community Conservancy pointing at Kiborgoch Community Land in Baringo County

Community conservancies have a reason to celebrate. After years of public consultatio...

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We Now have the Right of Ownership to our Communal Land

Raymond Kipkemei of Kiborgoch Community Conservancy addressing participants at a Meeting of Baringo Conservancies organised by KWCA in July

Kipkemei is jubilant that the Community Land Ac...

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Peer Learning to strengthen KWCA Leadership Role in Community Based Conservation

KWCA and Members of the Pan African community based apex organizations from Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania

On 17th-20th August 2016, KWCA joined other pan African community based apex organi...

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KWCA Partners with IUCN to Pilot a Holistic Approach for Strengthening Community Engagement in Tacking Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kenya

KWCA and IUCN Engaging the Community in Tacking Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kenya

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in partnership with KWCA is implementing a pilot proj...

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