Conservation with benefits; how Lewa is leading the way; Kennedy Kimanthi & Bruhan Makong; Daily Nation

IN SUMMARY

  • Lewa is a vast, internationally recognised Unesco World Heritage Site that straddles Meru, Laikipia and Isiolo counties.
  • The Lewa-Borana landscape is the biggest rhino sanctuary in Africa with 84 black and 72 white rhinos.

The World Rhino Day was marked Thursday with wildlife-based conservancies being urged to enable people around them to profit from tourism.

Mr Edward Ndiritu, the head of the anti-poaching unit at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, told the Nation that the peoples neighbouring Lewa have received financial assistance for education, health care, agriculture and water.

The official said none of their black and white rhinoceroses had been poached in the past three years.

“We have 14 per cent of Kenya’s rhino population,” said Mr Ndiritu. “This success shows the importance of transforming the livelihoods of local people.”

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