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

177

Total Acreage Covered

6,228,096 Ha

Land Covered Country-wide

10.71%

Number of Scouts

2,257

Number of Beneficiaries

694,823

Latest News

Jul
272016

Community Wildlife Conservancies to Benefit From the Community Land Bill 2015 if Passed

KWCA Policy Coordinator advocating for Community Land Bill to Baringo County Governor, H.E Benjamin Cheboi and County officials

Weak land tenure rights represent a major bottleneck in deve...

Read More

Jul
262016

KWCA Supports KWS to Develop Guidelines for Preparing Protected Areas Management Plans

Management Plan Guidelines Validation Workshop with stakeholders at KWS offices

The Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) has catalyzed and supported the development of guideline...

Read More

Jul
052016

A Bright Future for Conservancies in Baringo

Conservancies development in Baringo is at its peak. With more and more land owners having realized the benefits of wildlife from other regions, they are securing their communally owned la...

Read More

Jun
272016

KWCA publishes a Guide on Establishing a Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

Guide on Establishing a Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

The Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association has published a guide dubbed Establishing a wildlife conservancy in Kenya for community a...

Read More

Jun
242016

NACSO visits KWCA, discusses partnership for sharing best practices for conservancies

NACSO visits KWCA

The Namibian Association for Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Organizations (NACSO) has praised KWCA for their work policy advocacy and promoting bette...

Read More

Jun
032016

KWCA Staff Expands to Support Growth of Conservancies

KWCA staff on an institutional strengthening training facilitated by Mali Asili Initiatives

After three years of working with a skeleton staff, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KW...

Read More