The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest have been added to the existing Mount Kenya UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Conservancy joins the ranks of iconic wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Galápagos Islands and the Grand Canyon, all recognized as having outstanding universal value to the global community.
The conservancy was founded in 1983, when David and Delia Craig set aside 5,000 acres of their cattle ranch and converted it into a rhino sanctuary. Today, the sanctuary encompasses some 60,000 acres. It is home to 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population and 14 percent of its white rhino population, not to mention the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebras. But Lewa’s mission is not only to conserve wildlife, but also to alleviate poverty in the local community, which is why the conservancy also engages in community healthcare, water management, micro-lending and other social programs.
Learn more about the conservancy’s efforts at lewa.org.
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