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 are linked to the environmental awareness of the youth. The great majority of Kenyan children have never seen wildlife in their natural environment, despite living in a country with rich wildlife resources.
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).