Wildlife Security & Ecosystem Monitoring

To address the issues affecting our terrestrial wildlife the Lamu Conservation Trust is actively working on the ground, providing security and promoting the positive effects of biodiversity conservation.

With the support of the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forestry Service the L.C.T has been running daily patrols within the Amu zone and surrounding areas with armed Kenya Police Reserve officials.

Through these patrols, security has been provided for habitat, wildlife and people, whilst data on the status of species, natural resources and forest quality is being recorded to enable informed management decisions and long term sustainability of environmental monitoring systems.

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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.