Lewa is considered to be the leading pioneer in private rhino sanctuary in East Africa, which has seen their population grow from 15 to 169. For all the species that Lewa harbours, it represents a safe and abundant landscape in which they can thrive. They also invest in active species-specific measures, such as building a highway underpass to allow Elephants to undertake their natural migration without encountering lethal traffic, and providing a predator-proof breeding area for the critically endangered Grevy's Zebra, which now means 12% of the world's population reside there.
Poaching is an ever-present threat to Lewa's wildlife, but their hard-working rangers have some incredible statistics to be proud of. As well as focusing on animal-centred projects, Lewa also invests heavily in the community, so that it is not only wildlife who benefit. By providing equitable access to education programs, healthcare, micro-enterprise and water, everyone can reap the rewards of conservation work. In itself, this is a major defence against poaching.
My time at Lewa was spent responding to calls from rangers and the public to wild animals in need of veterinary attention, travelling far and wide across the harsh wild landscapes in a hard-working landcruiser.