Endangered Species

Threatened by many factors including cultivating natural areas, introducing invasive alien species, over-exploiting natural resources and unsustainable harvesting of wild plants and animals, the following species are on the road to extinction.

  • Critically endangered Hirola (Hunter’s Hartebeest)
  • Critically endangered Ader’s Duiker
  • Critically endangered Euphorbia tanaensis
  • Near threatened Lesser Elephant Shrew
  • Near threatened Somali Galago
  • Near threatened Southern Banded Snake-eagle
  • Near threatened Fishers Turaco

Latest Wildlife Blog Posts

The prolonged drought in Lamu is threatening the survival of many wild species including hippos, buffalo and lions. Wild animals have been forced to drink saline water from the Indian Ocean as natural watering holes rapidly dry out.

The rich fauna of the Lamu Archipelago has been under threat in recent months due to a prolonged dry spell across much of Kenya. The drought hit the region’s wildlife hard with animals suffering from severe thirst and starvation, but thankfully Lamu’s diverse species are making a come back.

As a solitary animal, it was extra special to capture these fantastic images taken from the Lamu Conservation Trust camera trap showing two cheetahs feeding on a topi. Cheetah mothers are known to bring back small, live antelopes back to her cubs to teach them how to chase, catch and kill. However, it seems this family is relatively experienced in capturing their prey.

The Lamu District was once home to the densest population of wildlife in Kenya and in 1972 boasted the second largest elephant population in Kenya estimated at over 21,000. Yet today the elephant population has plummeted catastrophically to perhaps numbering less than 100 individuals.