Forest Regeneration

Illegal logging and widespread slash-and-burn agriculture is threatening to compromise the Lamu district’s ecosystem services and overall biodiversity by affecting the structure and function of the forested areas.

The regeneration of degraded forested areas within Amu Ranch and its bordering ranches is another of the LCT’s core objectives.

A successful tree-planting program is already in place, planting thousands of indigenous tree saplings throughout areas where logging and agriculture has taken its toll on the environment, having nurtured the seedlings at Amu Ranch’s tree nursery at Farouk’s Camp.

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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.