Today approximately 65% of Kenya’s wildlife live in community or private lands. Conservancies are now a recognized land use under the Wildlife Act of 2013, making them an attractive option for communities and private landowners.
Private Conservancies are normally set up on private land by a private individual or corporate body with the aim of wildlife conservation. The landscape under controls is normally run or managed by single individuals or families, non-profit organisations or corporates.
In Kenya, the majority of private conservancies are found in Laikipia (9 of them covering 156,494ha), Nakuru (15 of them covering 49,013ha) and Taita Taveta (25 of them covering 358,337ha).
Laikipia Nature Conservancy (36,500ha) and Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy and Rukinga (34,398ha) are Kenya’s largest private conservancies while Lentolia Farm (44ha) is the country’s smallest private conservancy.
Image Credits: Elewana Kifaru House