Lewa Wildlife Conservancy UK

Conserving wildlife - mitigation of human conflict

Fences are integral to Lewa’s success in protecting endangered wildlife, while also supporting neighbouring communities. Ensuring that fences are maintained and secure is imperative to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. We need a tractor to replace manual labour to increase efficiency and scale.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1069800)

Campaign target

£26,500

Amount raised

£26,975

Donations

96

Championed by The Reed Foundation - Environment & Animals

  • Our partnership with Lewa has helped us pursue other collaborations (...) that use Lewa’s model as a guide to improve human-wildlife coexistence. (...) [It is] critical to our work supporting conservation in northern Kenya, (...) offering (...) a vision in which both people and wildlife thrive.

    — Kirstie Ruppert, Dr.Jenny Glikman, Kimberly Kutina, Maggie Reinbold, Conservation Inst San Diego Zoo

  • Thank you for your support to KWS and the amazing work you are doing in Lewa (...). Everything we saw (...) was just splendid. The programs, the technologies, the facilities, the staff, the partnerships, the innovations. (...) It's another model that should be replicated across the country.

    — John Waithaka, Chairman of Kenya Wildlife Service

  • Mitigating human-wildlife conflict needs various interventions. Having the right infrastructure, such as effective fencing, is key to ensuring that people and wildlife coexist peacefully.

    — Geoffrey Chege, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Head of Conservation and Wildlife

Situation

Human-wildlife conflict is an increasing problem. For subsistence farmers, elephants trampling their crops could mean starvation. Lewa aims to safeguard all wildlife from the threat of poachers and from conflict posed by the increasing population surrounding the Conservancy. Our 97km of external fences and 110km of elephant and giraffe internal exclusion zones require constant upkeep. Currently we use donkeys and manpower which is hugely inefficient. We need a tractor to improve rate of repair.

Solution

Purchase of tractor for fence department will enable repair team to cover the Conservancy more efficiently and to quickly respond where elephants have destroyed fences, helping to maintain good relationship with neighbouring communities. Tractor will also serve to transport hay to vulnerable wildlife during drought, will take materials to new projects and will deliver water to security outposts, which is crucial as security teams must be well-equipped to work effectively to protect wildlife.