In the 1970’s the Greater Lamu Eco-region used to support an elephant population of 26,000, within ten short years only 300 individuals remained.
Despite this mass slaughter, the African Elephant and a vast array of species still reside within the Lamu district. Species include Lion, huge herds of Buffalo and Reticulated Giraffe, Leopard, Hippo, Cheetah, Zebra, and a major breeding population of Coastal Topi, Waterbuck, Lesser Kudu, Desert Warthog, Spotted Hyaena and several primate species.
IUCN-listed forest dependent species within the district also include the conservation depended Harveys Duiker and Suni and the near threatened Lesser Elephant Shrew, the Somali Galago and the critically endangered Hirola (Hunter’s Hartebeest).
The critically endangered Ader’s Duiker is also very much present on Amu Ranch and the neighbouring habitats constituting a significant range extension for this species. This duiker has very specific habitat requirements found mostly in old growth forests and undisturbed tall thickets.
Lamu Conservation Trust (LCT) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Eden Reforestation Projects in Lamu County, which will not only expand our existing tree-planting efforts, but begin the restoration of severely degraded mangrove forests along the coast.
Jul. 5, 2020
Dec. 11, 2018
After months of prolonged drought, Amu and beyond is underwater once again, thanks to the long-awaited heavy rains.
May. 18, 2018
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.
Mar. 21, 2017