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


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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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