The iconic animals of the African plains have been a highly discussed topic in recent weeks. And with yesterday being World Elephant Day, we wanted to take the time to recognize the great work Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has done with their protection of none other than the elephant.
“Together with our partners and neighbours, we are working to tackle threats facing the elephant and consequently change the fate of jumbos in our landscape – more than 30,000 square kilometres of northern Kenya that local communities have dedicated to conservation and is home to more than 6,500 elephants!” – via Lewa
Lewa focuses on anti-poaching efforts as well as the conservation education for local children, hopefully creating a culture geared towards continued protection of species like elephants, zebras, rhinos, etc.
Lewa’s successful protection of animals can be partially attributed to their understanding of coexistence between the local communities and the animals themselves. With ever-growing populations, there are limited habitat resources for these animals and finding solutions that allow for the animals to flourish among our communities is necessary.
These communities have become guardians of elephants and other species largely in part from the education that Lewa continues to provide for over 3,000 children and other community members.
Today we celebrate some of the successes that donations and Orvis support have aided Lewa in achieving. In addition to our continued commitment of sending clothing and other gear to Lewa, we invite you become a part of “creating safe and flourishing wild places for the elephant and other wildlife with the communities that maintain them.”