The Nature Conservancy and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) recently presented the Kenyan government with a gift of land that will establish the country’s newest national park. The 17,100-acre Eland Downs property, to be named Laikipia National Park and managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service, will secure critical wildlife movement corridors across central Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. It is good for conservation, and it will benefit Kenya’s economy and the people of this region.
The future Laikipia National Park’s open savannas host a range of animals, including elephant, eland and the endangered Grevy’s zebra. Lesser-known denizens range from the patas monkey to Somali ostrich to beisa oryx.
Laikipia region enjoys woodland, grasslands and fertile riverbeds where water flowing from the Aberdare Mountains long ago gave rise to the Mutara River to the north, and the Ewaso Nyiro, Suguroi and Segera Rivers to the south. A cascading waterfall flows from the Segera River and in the Valley of Kiseregai Creek, the natural Delamere Springs attract herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and important populations of Reticulated giraffe, Lelwel’s hartebeest and endangered species such as Grevy’s zebra, Patas monkey and one of the few expanding populations of African Wild Dog.