The Laikipia County occupies a wild and expansive landscape (9,500km²), physically diverse and scenically spectacular; with grasslands, hills and forests. This ecosystem supports both herds of domesticated animals and also wildlife, with wildlife population densities ranking 2nd to the world famous Maasai Mara.
The LWF operates a VHF radio network which is available to all land owners and land users in Laikipia District, that are members of the Forum. The radio network links local communities with the Kenya police, local administration and the Kenya Wildlife Services, and members are licensed through the Communications Commission of Kenya.
The long-term sustainability of conservation efforts in Laikipia is inextricably linked to the environmental awareness of local schoolchildren, the main benefactors of the Environmental education and EcoLiteracy Programme (EELP). The LWF hopes that by encouraging involvement through environmental education, the next generation of responsible, committed Kenyans will work for the sustained conservation of the Laikipia ecosystem. The great majority of Kenyan children have never seen wildlife in their natural environment, despite living in a country with rich wildlife resources and an economy that relies so heavily on wildlife tourism. Thus LWF sees one of its key roles to raise awareness of environmental issues and provide environmental education services, which supplement but do not duplicate the National Curriculum, to schoolchildren in the Laikipia District. The programme is lead by a dedicated EELP Manager, Sammy Njoroge, who is supported by an EELP Assistant, Jackson Njari. They deliver innovative and fun lectures and field trips to approximately 3,200 schoolchildren and 250 teachers and adults each year from over 130 schools in the District. The programme covers an area of about 10,000 sq km of rural and remote Kenya using a 25-seat converted lorry, the now famous and very popular Environmental Education Bus. Many of Kenya’s community wildlife projects now use the Forum’s successful model. Children from one of the schools in Nanyuki receive a briefing about key conservation issues before boarding the LWF's Environmental Education Bus to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy Credit: Save the Rhino International Since its launch in 2004, the EELP’s principle activities have been:
The EEP has now been in place for twelve years (launched January 2004), during which the education bus has made over 600 trips to conservancies to support their classroom learning and carried 16,500 adults and children, whilst raising awareness of the importance of environmental issues for their own, and the Ewaso ecosystem’s, health and wellbeing.
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Large mammals in Laikipia County are both diverse and numerous, perhaps more so than almost anywhere in East Africa. This includes half of Kenya's black rhinos, the second largest population of elephants in Kenya and the globally threatened Grevy's Zebra. But what is perhaps most unusual about the wildlife numbers in Laikipia is that they are stable in the face of a sharp national decline; Laikipia is bucking the trend.
Set against the backdrop of Mt Kenya, Laikipia is one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, and has abundant and diverse wildlife. The area hosts the highest populations of endangered species in the country.
Laikipia is also increasingly being recognized as one of the country's foremost safari destinations. It is home to some of Africa's most luxurious safari lodges and camps, and hosts 5 community owned lodges.
Wildlife is free to roam between ranches, conservancies and community lands, and the region offers visitors the freedom and space to walk, ride, cycle and camp.
Laikipia is physically diverse with open grasslands, basalt hills and dense forests. It is also rich in wildlife and supports many domestic herds. The land and animals are owned by a cross section of landowners and land users (including local community groups, private ranchers, pastoralists, small scale farmers and tourism ventures).