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

Apr
182017

Report of the 2nd Biennual National Conservancy Managers Policy Workshop

Managers Group Photo at the 2nd Biennual National Conservancy Managers Policy Workshop

KWCA held its 2nd biennial conservancy leaders conference on 27th-28th February at CORAT Africa, und...

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Apr
112017

Limiting Compensation Claims to National Parks managed by KWS will Derail Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Limiting Compensation Claims to National Parks managed by KWS will Derail Wildlife Conservation Efforts

NAIROBI, 11th April 2017 The recent proposal by the Parliamentary Committee on En...

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Apr
102017

KWCA adopts a New Governing Structure

KWCA adopts a New Governing Structure

KWCA held its AGM on Wednesday 29th March 2017 at CORAT Africa, Nairobi attended by 105 conservancy member representatives. The AGM approved the crea...

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Apr
102017

KWCA Publishes the Kenya National Wildlife Conservancies Map 2016

Kenya National Wildlife Conservancies Map 2016

KWCA published the 1st ever complete map of community, group and private conservancies in Kenya. We thank our partners KWS, AWF, WWF for pro...

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Apr
102017

Factsheet: Land Rights for Community Conservancies Strengthened

Factsheet Community Land Policy

KWCA has published a factsheet for its community conservancy members titled; Land Rights for Community Conservancies Strengthened. After years of advoca...

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Apr
072017

KWCA Submits Recommendations to the Wildlife Conservation and Management (Amendment) Bill, 2016

KWCA Pre-evaluation Meeting

On 15th March KWCA partnered with Conservation Alliance of Kenya (CAK) to provide input and recommendation to the Wildlife Conservation and Management (amendme...

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Apr
052017

KWS and KWCA Formalize Partnership to Foster Conservation on Private and Community Land

KWS - KWCA Conservation on Private and Community Land Partnership Signing

On 28th March 2017, KWS and KWCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen technical cooperation a...

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Mar
222017

OP-ED: Conservancies not source of raging conflict in Laikipia

OP-ED: Conservancies not source of raging conflict in Laikipia

KWCA CEO, Dickson Kaelo shares his thoughts on the recent invasions of conservancies in Laikipia. He explains how conservan...

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Mar
032017

KWCA Publishes a Conservancy Managers Handbook for Leading and Managing Conservancies

KWCA Conservancy Managers Handbook for Leading and Managing Conservancies

Conservancies have been recognized as tools for community development, wildlife conservation, climate change ad...

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Mar
032017

World Wildlife Day 2017: Strengthening Wildlife Conservancies to Reduce Wildlife Declines

World Wildlife Day 2017: Strengthening Wildlife Conservancies to Reduce Wildlife Declines

As we celebrate World Wildlife Day on Friday 3rd march 2017, We reflect on a research article rel...

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Jan
272017

Women's Rights on Community Land Begin to take Shape

Joyce Lemomo (left) and Joyce Kimiti after attending KWCA's Community Land Act 2016 Awareness Workshop in Amboseli

Land matters among the Maasai community have been a preserve of theme. C...

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Nov
152016

Wildlife Conservation and Management Regulations Finalized, Awaiting Gazettement

KWCA and other wildlife sector stakeholders at the Bomas of Kenya

KWCA joined other wildlife sector stakeholders on Friday 4th November 2016 at the Bomas of Kenya to review and finalize ...

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