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


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


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

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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...

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